Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1158

Incident date

August 16, 2016

Location

العمال, Al Omal, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.3222686, 40.1443005 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Ten named civilians died and up to dozens more were wounded in airstrikes on the Nour bakery in the Al Omal neighbourhood, local media reported. The majority of sources blamed Russia – though several pointed to the Assad regime.

LCCSY, the Shaam News Network and Syrian Press Center were among local outlets attributing the event to Moscow.

According to Syria News Desk, “warplanes, thought to have been Russian, carried out more than four raids which hit the Nour bakery and residential buildings near the centre of the neighbourhood. The dead included three workers in the bakery. There were reports that people remained trapped under the rubble. The bombing resulted in the complete destruction of the bakery and the burning of three shops amid widespread material damage”.

Reporting by the Syrian Network for Human Rights was confused, with conflicting posts blaming the regime and then Russia. It said that one woman was among the dead with 15 more non-combatants wounded. Sm-sy put the number injured still higher, at “dozens”.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights joined several other sources in not apportioning blamed. It added that a child was among the ten who died.

Alaraby was the only other source that said this was the work of the regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Firas Nafe'a Al Aelkah, killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, SN4HR)
  • The immediate aftermath of the alleged raid. (via, Syrian PC)

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
    10
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]