Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1153

Incident date

August 16, 2016

Location

حي طريق الباب, Tareeq al-Bab (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.207438, 37.1990204 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between 13 and 24 civilians – many of them women and children – died and dozens more were wounded in an airstrike on a popular market in Tareeq al Bab, according to local media. The majority of sources blamed Russia, though several pointed towards the regime. Reports said that a large number of civilians remained trapped under the rubble.

LCCSY was among sources that attributed the event to Russia. It put the death toll at 20 – “mostly children” – adding that dozens more were wounded due to destruction of many residential buildings in the area.

The lowest death count was given as 13 by SNA, who also blamed Russia. However, many sources said that 24 people had perished – adding the death toll was likely to rise.

The Shaam News Network reported that this was the work of both Russia and the Assad regime. It reported: “Activists said warplanes targeted the neighbourhood of Tareeq al bab with several missiles, leaving 20 martyrs and dozens more wounded, including women and children”.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “government warplanes and its allies” carried out the attack.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 24
  • (2–5 children2–5 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

  • A child is carried to safety following an airstrike on Tareeq al-Bab (via SHRC)
  • Blood splattered on the floor in the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via, SNN)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab. (via, LCCSY)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab. (via, LCCSY)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab. (via, LCCSY)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab. (via, SNN)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab which destroyed these local shops. (via, SNN)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab which destroyed these local shops. (via, SNN)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab. (via, SNN)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on Tareeq al Bab. (via, SNN)
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    A wounded child is carried from the scene. (via, SN4HR)
  • A news bulletin reporting on the alleged raid. (via, Halab Today TV)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid. (via, SNN)
  • White Helmets digging in the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via, SNA)
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    A wounded child receives treatment in a medical facility in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Smart News)
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    A wounded man receives treatment in a medical facility in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Smart News)
  • The aftermath of the raid. (via Smart)
  • Civilian casualties in the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via, SHRC)
  • A wounded man receives treatment in a medical facility in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, RadioAMCFM)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

On August 16th 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported that,"Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers took off from the “Hamedan” airbase (the Islamic Republic of Iran) and carried out a concentrated airstrike on objects of the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Idlib. As a result, the strikes have eliminated 5 large ammunition depots with armament, munitions and fuel, training camps of militants near Serakab, Al-Ghab, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor cities, 3 control centres of militants near the cities Jafra and Deir ez-Zor as well as a significant number of militants. Ammunition depots, training camps and control centres destroyed by the bombing had been used for support of militant groupings near Aleppo."

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 24
  • (2–5 children2–5 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (38) [ collapse]