Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1252

Incident date

September 10, 2016

Location

حي الصالحين, Salheen (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1807701, 37.167263 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians died and as many as 22 more were wounded in an airstrike on Salheen, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether this was the work or Russia or the Syrian regime.

Baladi, Halab Today and LCCSY blamed Russia. The lowest death toll – of one – was given by LCCSY; however, most sources said that seven non-combatants had died.

But the Syrian Network for Human Rights (who put the death count at three), the Syrian Press center and Syria News Desk blamed the Syrian regime for the strike.

According to Syria News Desk, the raids “led to the death of 5 civilians and the injury of 22 others as well as the destruction of 3 residential buildings and other material damage.”

Multiple sources published images depicting significant destruction, along with efforts by the White Helmets to remove bodies from the rubble.

Abdalghfurdyab tweeted a parent’s testimony: “My daughter Fatima is here, she’s here under the rubble. This is the most painful thing to watch when you can’t rescue your children.”

A number of sources didn’t identify the “warplanes” responsible for the incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–22
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

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    Photographs of wounded adult and child civilians in Salheen following suspected Russian warplane attacks (Tweet via @sambo1982ksa)
  • Footage of the destruction in Salheen following suspected Russian aerial bombardment (via Buraq)
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    Civilians pulled from the rubble in Salheen, the human cost of alleged Russian warplane shelling (Youtube via Aljazeera)
  • Local people help victims of alleged Russian warplane shelling in Salheen (Tweet via @Atfalsham)
  • A child civilian is held in a mans arms in Salheen as local people respond to the aftermath of suspected Russian warplane shelling (Tweet via @Atfalsham)
  • A dusty street in Salheen, the material impact of suspected Russian shelling (Tweet via @Atfalsham)
  • The White Helmets provide assistance in Salheen after alleged Russian warplanes attacked (Tweet via @thiqanewsagency)
  • Local people stand amongst the rubble and demolished buildings in Salheen (Tweet via @SN4HR)
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    The White Helmets use a digger to move rubble and find a child victim underneath - distressing footage (Youtube via The White Helmets)
  • A wounded child in Salheen. The source alleged Regime warplanes responsible. (via SN4HR)

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
    1 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–22
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]