Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1250

Incident date

September 10, 2016

Location

باتبو, Batabo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.13447, 36.73979 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to 12 civilians including four children and four women died and as many as dozens more were wounded in airstrikes on Batbo town. The majority of sources attributed the event to Russia; however, several blamed the Syrian regime while some others didn’t distinguish between Russian or regime jets.

According to the Shaam News Network, “Russian warplanes targeted the town of Batbo at noon today [Sept 10th]. This resulted in deaths and injuries and destruction of residential structures.

Activists said warplanes struck civilian houses with several missiles resulting in dramatic damage to seven homes, and claiming the lives of more than nine martyrs with many wounded. The civil defense teams worked to dig out those trapped under the rubble and transport the injured to hospitals and medical facilities”.

The Network added that the Grand Mosque in the town came “under direct bombardment”, partially destroying its walls and completely putting it out of service.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights, who initially blamed the regime but then appeared to change its position and point to Russia, said that the strikes ” targeted the vicinity of Mousa ben Nousair mosque in Batbo town”. It put the death toll at 12 including four children and four women.

Other sources that blamed Russia included LCCSY, Qasioun, the Step News Agency, Jisrtv, Alamawi and Baladi – who added that “dozens” of people were wounded. Qasioun, who put the death toll at nine, reported that 30 more people sustained injuries.

However, SMO and Syriansnews attributed the event to the Assad regime.

Al Jazeera and Abohamzaljaber blamed both “Russian and Syrian warplanes”.

Halab News – who blamed Russia – named civilian fatalities.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Omar Hussein Kawas Age unknown killed
  • Fatima Omar Kawas Child killed

Family members (5)

  • Najla Shaker Amin Adult killed
  • Nada Ahmad abd al Razzaq Amin Adult female killed
  • A child of Nada Ahmad abd al Razzaq Amin Child killed
  • A second child of Nada Ahmad abd al Razzaq Amin Child killed
  • A third child of Nada Ahmad abd al Razzaq Amin Child killed
  • Salah Abu Farouq Age unknown killed
  • The wife of Hussein Amin Adult female killed
  • The daughter of Abd al Rahim Abd al Raouf Child female killed
  • One unidentfied civilian Age unknown male displaced from Tal Malah killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    11 – 12
  • (4 children4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–36
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

  • Footage of the destruction in Batbo following suspected Russian warplane shelling (Youtube by Daretezza Media Center)
  • Signifcant material destruction in Batbo - the impact of alleged Russian warplane shelling (via Smart)
  • The White Helmet rescue team search for bodies under the rubble in Batbo following suspected Russian warplane shelling (via Smart)
  • The scene in Batbo following alleged Russian warplane shelling (via Smart)
  • Local people work through the rubble in Batbo searching for civilians - the aftermath of alleged Russian warplane shelling (via Qasioun)
  • A demolished building in Batbo - the material damage following alleged Russian warplane shelling (vai Step)
  • Two members of the White Helmet rescue team find a civilian trapped under the rubble in Batbo (via Step)
  • Locals survey the destruction in Batbo following alleged Russian warplane shelling (via Step)
  • Further material destruction in Batbo, the consequences of suspected Russian warplane shelling (via Step)
  • Both local people and The White Helmets among the rubble in Batbo helping civilians caught in the suspected offensive. The source alleged Russia culprit. (Tweet via @RevolutionSyria)
  • Bodies of civilians pulled from the rubble in Batbo by The White Helmet resuce team - the human cost of suspected Russian warplane shelling (Youtube via Thiqa)
  • The source alleged twelve civilians killed in a mosque in Batbo. (Tweet via @Mamoun_sy)
  • Photographs of local people, extensive material destruction and a White Helmet member resting on the floor in Batbo (Tweet via @thiqanewsagency)
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    A young victim covered in blood after sustaining injuries in supected Russia or Regime attacks on Batbo (via @Abohamzaljaber) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A photograph of the destruction in the town of Batbo following suspected Russian vaccum missile attacks (via Syria news desk) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A member of The White Helmets searches for civilians in the rubble at Batbo (via Syrian News Desk) [Page no longer available - accessed via AIrwars archive]
  • Books laid open amongst the destruction in Batbo (via Syrian News Desk) [Page no longer availabe - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A site of intensive destruction in Batbo, the material impact of alleged Russian missile attacks (via Syrian News Desk) [Page no longer availabe - accessed via Airwars archive]
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    Distressing footage of civilians caught in suspected Russian attacks on Batbo. A young boy who sustained serious injuries is rescued from the rubble (Youtube via Albozizi Almare)
  • SN4HR report entitled: ‘no less than 49 massacres in September 2016 including 46 at the hands of the russian and Syrian regimes’ - the report details events in Batbo on September 10th 2016 (PDF via SN4HR) [Arabic]

  • SN4HR report entitled: ‘no less than 49 massacres in September 2016 including 46 at the hands of the russian and Syrian regimes’ - the report details events in Batbo on September 10th (PDF via SN4HR) [English]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any strikes between September 1st – 30th 2016.

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
    11 – 12
  • (4 children4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–36
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]