Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1313

Incident date

September 23, 2016

Location

حي باب النيرب, Bab al Nayrab (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1918713, 37.1722841 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local and international media reported six civilians, including three or four children and one man named Mohammad Alloush, were killed in an air raid on the neighbourhood of Bab al Nayrab, which according to CNN and Sky News Arabia struck a water pumping station which supplied 250 thousand people in eastern Aleppo. Geroun News said phosphorus bombs were used, leading to a fire in the station. It was unclear whether Russia or the Assad regime was to blame.

According to HNN, “three children, a man, an unidentified woman, and Mohammad Alloush” were killed in the raids.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed that deaths were caused by Russian warplanes and the regime’s helicopters, listing “two children, a girl and a young man from one family, in addition to a woman and her child” as killed.

Most sources put the death toll at six: @shahed_alep suggested that all six were from the same family. Islammemo and @Mamoun_sy both published roundups of death tolls in Aleppo neighbourhoods which claimed six dead in Bab al Nayrab.

Sources did not agree on the identity of those responsible. Alsouria attributed the damage to “heavy shelling,” @RFS_mediaoffice and @ALAMAWI both accused Russian warplanes, while Syrian Press Center and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights both stated that the attackers were the joined forces of the regime and Russia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohammad Alloush Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 7
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • A little girl is dug out from the under rubble following the airstrikes in Bab al Nayrab, reportedly carried out by either Russia or the Syrian regime (via al-Rai newspaper)
  • Images showing the destruction caused by the contested airstrikes in Bab al-Nayrab (via Christian Triebert)

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
    6 – 7
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]