Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1161

Incident date

August 17, 2016

Location

القاطرجي, Al Qaterji (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1995518, 37.1815538 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between three and six civilians including women and children died and up to 12 more were wounded in airstrikes on al Qaterji, local media reported. The victims included the 10-year-old child  who later died from injuries sustained in the attack. His brother, Omran Daqmeesh, was also wounded when the strike hit the family home – with the image of the wounded child became a global symbol of the extraordinary dangers facing civilians in Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on August 20th, “the child Ali Daqmeesh – who is the brother of Omran Daqmeesh (who became the subject of much media exposure) – died following the wound he had suffered when warplanes bombed al-Qaterji neighbourhood in Aleppo city three days ago, which back then killed four civilians and wounded several others”.

LCCSY and Jisrtv blamed Russia, with the latter source putting the death toll at six.

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Al Hadath said that the regime was responsible.

According to Baladi, helicopters dropped explosive barrels on the neighbourhood.

Halab Today was among a number of sources that didn’t identify the culprit. It did however name 3 fatalities. 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ali Daqmeesh 10 years old male killed
  • Shehadeh Al-Aisa 82 years old named by Halab Today killed
  • Dalal Al-Essa 50 years old named by Halab Today killed
  • Sayf al-Din al-Ali 8 years old named by Halab Today killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–12
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]

Media
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    Ali Daqneash 10 years, who died from wounds sustained in an airstrike on Al Al-Qaterji, Aleppo, Aug 17th (via Halab Today)
  • Destruction of residential buildings in Al-Qaterji, Aleppo, following airstrikes, Aug 17th (via Halab Today TV)
  • The remains of civilian homes which were targeted in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on 17th August 2016. (via, AMC)
  • The remains of civilian homes which were targeted in an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on 17th August 2016. (via, Halab Today)
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    An injured or deceased child is carried from the aftermath of the alleged raid on her town. (via, SO4HR)
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    An injured child is carried from the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via, SO4HR)
  • A news bulletin discussing the aftermath of the incident in Al Qaterji, 17th August 2016. (via, AMC)
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    Little boy, Omran Daqmeesh, sits in an ambulance stunned by the chaos following an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on Al Qaterji. (via, Al Hadath)
  • Attempting to clear the rubble in the aftermath of the incident. (via, Aleppo AMC)
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    Little boy, Omran Daqmeesh, sits in an ambulance stunned by the chaos following an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on Al Qaterji. (via, JisirTV)
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    Little boy, Omran Daqmeesh, sits in an ambulance stunned by the chaos following an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on Al Qaterji. Hi brother, Ali was killed in the raid. (via, The Telegraph)

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 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–12
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]