Between 10 and 16 civilians including women and children died and dozens more were wounded in airstrikes on Orme Al-Kubra, local media reported – though sources were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the regime. The majority of reports, however, pointed to Russia.
The lowest death count was given as 10 by the Shaam News Network.
According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “on Saturday afternoon 20 August 2016, alleged Russian warplanes fired missiles at the residential buildings in the vicinity of the market of Urm Al Kubra town, located in the western suburbs of Aleppo governorate. This resulted in the deaths 12 individuals including three children and two women.”
LCCSY put the death toll higher, at 15, blaming “Russian airstrikes with rockets and cluster bombs”, which reportedly struck “a market and four-story building.” A subsequent reported noted that “Russia jointly with the Assad regime committed numerous massacres in Aleppo in Saturday”.
A number of other sources put the death toll as high as 16. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there was “an aerial bombardment on Orme Al-Kubra and Kafar Halab in which barrel bombs were used”. The Observatory said that of the 16 who died across these two locations, two were children and a further four were women.
However, AMC and Tiqa attributed the event to the regime, with AMC adding that many people were still trapped under the rubble.
Syrian Press Center and other sources noted that dozens had also been claimed wounded.
Halab News listed victims and also named a further 11 unidentified fatalities.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (3)
- Khalil Mahmoud Darwish Age unknown male killed
- Abdul Rahman Khalil Darwish Age unknown male killed
- Rahman Khalil Darwish Adult female killed
- Mohammed Mustafa Hamdo Age unknown killed
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between August 20th – 31st 2016.