Between 14 and 18 civilians, mostly emergency doctors and nurses, were killed in an attack on a medical centre in Khan Tuman, Aleppo, local sources reported. Most reports alleged Russian warplanes were responsible for the attack, which specifically targeted the centre. However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights also pointed to the regime in some posts.
According to Sky News Arabia, “the Russian air force raided the town of Khan Touman, around two hours after midnight, where a medical point of belonging to the union of relief organizations and medical care [UOSSM] was targeted, killing 14 people, including medical personnel, doctors, medics and ambulance drivers.”
The Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that fixed-wing warplanes “we believe are Russian” executed the strike – though there was some confused reporting, for in several other posts SN4HR blamed “regime shelling”.
Shaam News Network reported that “ambulance crews rushed to the target location to rescue the injured and take them to medical hospitals, but they came under direct bombardment during the performance of their tasks.”
Halab News Network (HNN) identified nine civilian fatalities – all reportedly rescue workers – in its list of martyrs.
In addition, HNN said eight other rescue workers were killed but were unable to identify them. Five of them were reportedly members of the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM).
Syria News Desk added that over a dozen civilians were wounded, some left in a critical condition. Some had reportedly been in the ambulances already when the medical centre was hit.
Finally, @baladinetwork tweeted four photographs of damage to the medical centre and ambulances.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (2)
- Abu Tarek al Homsi Adult male killed
- Abu al Teeb al Homsi Adult male killed
- Abu Abdallah Sabouniye Adult male killed
- Abu Mahmoud Adult male killed
- Abu Hasan Tubbiye Adult male killed
- Abu al Mu’tassem Othman Adult male killed
- Abu Hanifa Adult male killed
- Abu Ibrahim Adult killed
- Mohammad Ahmad al Yusuf Adult male killed
- Abd al Rahman Mnafihi Adult male killed
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between September 1st – 30th 2016.