Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1310

Incident date

September 23, 2016

Location

المواصلات, Al Mowasalat, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2188989, 37.2510338 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Two children and a man were killed by airstrikes in the al Mowasalat neighbourhood, local media reported. The strikes were reportedly part of a larger set of attacks with cluster bombs and phosphorus on multiple Aleppo neighbourhoods and were attributed both to the Syrian regime and to Russian aircraft. Up to five civilians were wounded in the strikes, which destroyed several residential buildings.

Photographs from @shaamnews and @AleppoAMC showed the extent of the devastation, with at least two large buildings torn apart. Photographs from Erem News showed two dead young children being carried out of the rubble, and Alqabas News released a photograph of one dead body covered in dust being pulled out.

Multiple sources corroborated the number of dead. For example, @SRG_Syria tweeted about “the death of two children and a young man,” and @SN4HR tweeted about “three victims, at least two of them children.”

Cluster bombs were reportedly used in the strikes, according to Smo-sy News.

However, some other sources, including the Syrian Network for Human Rights and Alqabas News accused the regime of striking the buildings.

But most reports, including ShahbaPress, @Shaamnews, @aleppoAMC, and @SRG_Syria, fingered Russian aircraft.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
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    One of the civilians who was killed by the contested airstrikes targeting Al Mowasalat, Aleppo (via Al-Qabas News)
  • The contested airstrikes left major parts of al-Mowasalat completely destroyed (via AleppoAMC)
  • The contested airstrikes left major parts of al-Mowasalat completely destroyed (via Sham News)
  • A child victim of the contested airstrikes in Aleppo today, reportedly from the strikes in al-Ferdous, Sept 23rd (via TRTalarabiye News)
  • A child victim of the contested airstrikes in al-Mowasalat is being carried away (via Erem News)
  • Aftermath of the contested airstrikes targeting al-Mowasalat, Aleppo (via Erem News)

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
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]