Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1261

Incident date

September 11, 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 eight civilians including three children died and as many as dozens more were wounded in airstrikes in Aleppo’s Al Salheen, neighbourhood according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were responsible.

The Smart News Agency, Umayya and Step News Agency were among sources blaming Russia – and put the death count at either seven or eight civilians.

However, Al Jazeera attributed the event to the regime.

Some sources blamed both the regime and Russia. For example, Fouadhallak98 said that five people died and dozens were injured in “Assad/Russian warplanes shelling.”

According to the Shaam News Network, “Russian and Assad planes continued their violent air raids using phosphorous and cluster bombs on the neighbourhoods of Aleppo and the towns and villages of its countryside. The raids led to the death of seven martyrs in al Salheen neighbourhood in Aleppo and several wounded in Anadan to the north.”

Multiple reports published images showing significant destruction to the neighbourhood – along with wounded civilians.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • A young boy stands in the middle of a ruined street following an airstrike on Al Salheen, Sept 11th (via Step News Agency)
  • Footage of Russian warplane shelling in Al Salheen, Sept 16th, civilians carry the bodies of victims away from the scene (Youtuvbe via SNN)
  • The White Helmet rescue mission in Al Salheen reveals the human cost of suspected Russian warplane attacks (Youtube via Step)
  • The White Helmet rescue team works through the rubble in Al Salheen in an attempt to find civilians (Youtube via CDS)
  • A civilian is pulled from the rubble in Al Salheen by The White Helmet rescue team, Sept 11th (via Step)
  • Destruction and rubble in Al Salheen - the material consequences of alleged Russian warplane shelling (via Step)
  • A photograph of the buildings in Al Salheen destroyed by alleged Russian warplane shelling (via Step)
  • Local people walk through the streets of Al Salheen - destroyed in susepcted Russian warplane raids (via Step)
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    Photographs of the injured and the dead in Al Salheen reveals the human cost of suspected Russian warplane shelling (Tweet via @laith1919)
  • A man climbs through a demolished building in Al Salheen (via RFS) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A street in Al Salheen full of rubble and demolished buildings following suspected Russian shelling (via RFS) [Page no longer available accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A civilian male, covered in dust, washes his hands in Al Salheen. (via RFS) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archived]
  • A stretcher is carried through the streets of rubble in Al Salheen (Tweet via @SMARTNewsAgency)
  • Extensive material damage on the streets of Al Salheen. The White Helmets provide aid to victims of alleged Russian warplane shelling (via @thiqanewsagency)
  • Local people and The White Helmet rescue team at the scene in Al Salheen where suspected Russian shelling hit. (Tweet via @Fouadhallak89)
  • Two babies are carried in the arms of local men in Al Salheen. The aftermath of suspected Russian strikes on the neighbourhood (Tweet via @ZakariaNassani)

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
    5 – 8
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–24
  • 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 (25) [ collapse]