Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1269 CS314

Incident date

September 16, 2016

Location

مسكنة, Maskanah, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

35.963172, 38.035655 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians reportedly died in an air raid on Maskanah which most sources said involved cluster munitions. Egypt Today put the death toll at five, “including a woman and her two daughters and her child”. Reportedly, the strikes injured up to 12 civilians, including six children.

While most reports blamed Russia, Baladi News claimed either the Coalition or the Syrian regime was responsible.

In their May 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • 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, US-led Coalition

Sources (30) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Baladi news reports 3 dead, including a child, and 15 injured following alleged coalition strikes on Maskanah in Aleppo. 16th September 2016
  • Report of the death of Issa al Obeid, his wife and an unidentified woman following an alleged cluster bomb attack on the Cultural Centre in Maskanah. 16th September 2016 [Via: Aleppo 24]
  • Arabe 24 reports the death of 3 civilians and injury of 15 others in an air raid on Maskanah. 17th September 2016
  • News of Aleppo and Surrounding Areas tweets the death of 4 civilians and injury of 13 including women and children in air raids on Maskanah at noon. 16th September 2016
  • Khabar reports death of 3 civilian and the injury of 15 following air raids on Maskanah. 16th September 2016
  • Masar Press reports the death of 3 civilians, including two women, in air raids on Maskanah. 16th September 2016
  • Syria Post reports the death of 4 civilians including two women in air raids on Maskanah. 16th September 2016
  • Al Jazeera Breaking reports the death of 3 civilians and injury of 15 others in air raids on Maskanah. 16th September 2016
  • Halab Today reports the death of 4 civilians including 2 women in air raids on Maskanah. 16th September 2016
  • Amawi news reports the death of 4 civilians and the injury of 15 others including women and children following cluster bomb attacks on Maskanah. 16th Septem,ber 2016

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

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Non credible / Unsubstantiated
    Insufficient information to assess that, more likely than not, a Coalition strike resulted in civilian casualties.
  • Reason for non-credible assessment
    No Coalition strikes were conducted in the geographical area
  • Civilian deaths conceded
    None
  • Civilian injuries conceded
    None
  • MGRS coordinate
    37SDV130802
    Military Grid Reference System

Civilian casualty statements

US-led Coalition
  • May 1, 2020
  • Sept. 16, 2016, in Maskanah, Syria via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 3051/CS314 37SDV130802

Original strike reports

US-led Coalition

For September 15th-17th 2016, the Coalition publicly reported no strikes in the vicnity of Manbij.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children1–2 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • 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, US-led Coalition

Sources (30) [ collapse]