Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1325

Incident date

September 23, 2016

Location

حي الكلاسة, Al Kalassa (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1923129, 37.1477151 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between 10 and 15 civilians including at least one child died and 20 more non-combatants were wounded in airstrikes on Aleppo’s Al Kallassah neighbourhood, according to local media. Sources blamed both raids by Russian warplanes and Syrian regime helicopters, which reportedly caused widespread destruction and left people trapped under the rubble.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “fixed-wing warplanes believed to have been Russian struck residential homes in the vicinity of Al Kanej gas station in Al Kallasa neighbourhood, killing 10 individuals”.

@ShahbaPress Russai was among many sources blaming Russia; it added that the strikes led to the “collapse of three buildings”.

Many sources put the death toll at 15 with 20 more people injured.

It was unclear whether Russia or the regime were to blame for the casualties, with reports stating that both parties were active over the area. For example, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that “Russian warplanes and regime helicopters carried out attacks in the neighborhoods of Kallaseh, Al-Qaterji, Bab al-Neirab, al-Ma’adi and al-Ferdus”.

According to Almajhar and All4Syria, “four fighter jets and three helicopters were flying in the atmosphere and bombarded the Aleppo neighborhoods of Salaheddin, al-Ansari, Al Mashhad zibdiye, Al Kalassa, Fardous, Al Ma’adi, Alqatrgi, Myaser, Alsakhur, Hulk, Shqayef and Hndarat”.

Similarly, it was unclear from a report by the Shaam News Network whether Russia or the regime caused the civilian harm.

Halab News, who blamed Russia, named four victims – including one child.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Omar Falah Age unknown male killed
  • Mohammad Falah Age unknown male killed
  • Abd al Hai al Obeid 69 years old male killed
  • Fatima Termanini Child died from wounds sustained in the event killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 15
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Local people at the site of mass destruction in Al Kallassah - the impact of alleged Russian warplane shelling, Sept 23rd (via @thiqanewsagency)
  • Footage of extensive material destruction in Al Kallassah, Aleppo. The White Helmet resuce team use diggers to move the rubble (Youtube via The White Helmets)
  • A civilian walks through the rubble in Al Kallassah following alleged Russian warplane shelling, Sept 23rd (via @ShahbaPress)
  • A SN4HR report entitled - 'At least 49 massacres in September' details the events in Al Shia Ar, September 27th (PDF via SN4HR) [Arabic]

  • A SN4HR report entitled - 'At least 49 massacres in September' details the events in Al Shia Ar, September 27th (PDF via SN4HR) [English]

  • A SN4HR report entitled - 'Aleppo neighborhoods rupture by Russian and Syrian forces' details the events in Al Sakhour (PDF via SN4HR) [English]

  • A SN4HR report entitled - 'Aleppo neighborhoods rupture by Russian and Syrian forces' details the events in Al Sakhour (PDF via SN4HR) [Arabic]

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
    10 – 15
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (31) [ collapse]