Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1159

Incident date

August 17, 2016

Location

Arbeen, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

33.538143, 36.364331 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

At least two children died and up to dozens more civilians were wounded in airstrike on Arbeen – though sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were to blame.

According to Halab Today TV, a 12 year old boy was killed and four others were injured in the Russian raids.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed Russia but in a later tweet appeared to change its position and point towards the regime.

Rudaw was among sources putting the death count at four, but it didn’t apportion blame for the “five airstrikes”.

According to Syrian Press Center, there were “six martyrs, including two children”.

However, Nabd, Elwehda, Madardaily and Zaitonmag blamed the regime – with Zaitonmag adding that dozens were injured in the attacks.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mustapha Mohammad Mustapha Hourieh 12 years old male named by Halab Today killed
  • Maher Bird Age unknown named by Syrian Press Centre killed
  • Abdul Razzaq Kdcod Age unknown named by Syrian Press Centre killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (2–3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–24
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

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 17th 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported that, "Russian bombers Su-34 took off from Hamedan airbase (Islamic Republic of Iran) with full fragmentation bomb charge and made an airstrike on ISIS terrorist facilities in the Deir ez-Zor province. As a result, 2 command centres and large ISIS field training camps near the Deir ez-Zor city were destroyed, over 150 militants (with foreign mercenaries among them) were eliminated."

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
    3 – 6
  • (2–3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–24
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]