Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1165

Incident date

August 18, 2016

Location

الصالحية, Salhiya, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

34.7146658, 40.7555866 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to nine civilians including children and a woman died and as many as dozens more were wounded in an airstrike on the village of Salihiya at the northern entrance to the city of Deir Ezzor, local media reported.

Three sources – @ِALAMAWI, @ShahbaPress, LCCSY – said that six victims from one family had died. The majority of reports pointed to Russia, though several also said that the regime may have been responsible for the casualties.

According to Syria News Desk, “Russian Warplanes used cluster bombs to target the village of Salihia, which is under the control of the organisation [Isis] in the east countryside of Deir Ezzor, killing seven civilians from one family and injuring more than 15 others”.

The Violations Documentation Centre named one male child fatality. Free DeirEzzor Radio also named the victim and blamed Russian cluster bombs, which it said had killed seven people. The highest death toll was put at nine by @RFS_mediaoffice, though the source didn’t identify the culprit.

Both the Syrian Network for Human Rights and the Shaam News Network put the death count at six including three children. SN4HR added that a woman also died. However, these two sources blamed “government warplanes and its allies”.

According to Deirezzor24, “dozens” more civilians were wounded in the incident.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 9
  • (1–3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–24
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Terkey Mahmoud al-Mhaidi, killed in an alleged Russian cluster bomb strike on Salihiya, Aug 18th (via Free Deirezzor radio)
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    Terkey Mahmoud al-Mhaidi, killed in an alleged Russian cluster bomb strike on Salihiya, August 18th. (via Mohamed Dabool)
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    Terkey Mahmoud al-Mhaidi, killed in an alleged Russian cluster bomb strike on Salihiya, August 18th. (via Mohamed Dabool)
  • The aftermath of the incident. (via, JisirTV)

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 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."

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
    6 – 9
  • (1–3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–24
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]