Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1293

Incident date

September 21, 2016

Location

حي السكري, Sukkari (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.17594, 37.14111 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between four and five civilians died in the al Sukkari neighbourhood of Aleppo when a six-storey residential building was destroyed, according to sources on the ground – though reports were conflicted as to whether Russian airstrike or regime artillery or helicopters were to blame. Several sources alleged that Russian used phosphorus bombs in the attack.

The Shaam News Network referred to “four dead and several wounded,” while @syria_pulse mentioned five dead, and said that two people were still trapped under rubble as of noon on September 21st.

Aawsat News said that after midnight, shelling destroyed the residential building completely.

Some sources, such as @thiqanewsagency, referenced both “shelling with rockets” and “barrel bombs”. Alquds and Al Jazeera echoed that language.

@RFS_NORTH tweeted that regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs, as did the Step News Agency.

But several independent sources claimed that Russian warplanes were involved. Smart News said the warplanes dropped phosphorus, as did @Syriapost1.

@HalabNEwsN also said the Russian planes dropped cluster bombs.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of the contested strikes in al-Sukkari, Aleppo (via Thiqa News Agency)

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
    4 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]