Up to eight civilians including one child died in a casualty event in the Al Slaheen neighbourhood of Aleppo, local sources reported – though sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Assad regime were to blame.
According to Syria News Desk: “seven civilians were killed and five wounded in the Al Salheen neighbourhood of central Aleppo. Russian aviation targeted a residential building consisting of three floors.”
Halab News also put the death toll at seven, named the victims and included ‘3 unknown martyrs’. However, Jisrtv, Aletihad Press and Syrian Press centre blamed the regime. Syrian press Center put the number killed at eight.
A number of sources reported that the deaths had been caused by helicopters throwing explosive barrels on the neighbourhood. Syria Newsdesk reported that vacuum missiles were used in Salheen.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Amina Shebar Age unknown killed
- Wael Walid Eryani 10 years old killed
- Full Walid Eryani 20 years old killed
- Joseph Bazkh 30 years old killed
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Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
On August 18th 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported that, "Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers took off from airbases on the territories of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran and carried out a group air strike on objects of the ISIS terrorist grouping in the Deir ez-Zor province. As a result, the strikes have eliminated 5 large depots with armament, munitions and fuel, 6 control centres, a large number of militants, artillery positions and armoured hardware of terrorists."