Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1374

Incident date

September 30, 2016

Location

الشيخ فارس, al Sheikh Faress, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.228731, 37.177649 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between six and 14 civilians died including up to seven children and four women with dozens more wounded in airstrikes with “bunker busting” missiles on the residential neighbourhood of Al Sheikh Faress, Aleppo, according to sources on the ground. The majority of sources attributed this incident to Russia, though one report said that the Assad regime was responsible.

According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, “at least 14 civilians including seven children and four women died due to suspected Russian warplanes firing missiles on Al Shaikh Fares area in Al Hollok neighborhood in Aleppo city, September 30, 2016.”

A number of other sources, including @Mamoun_sy and @SYR_REV_NEWS, put the death toll lower, at six civilians with up to 20 more injured. Sources tweeted images of wounded children.

According to Qasioun, “Russian fighter jets bombed buildings in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Fares with two bunker busting missiles, causing the collapse of residential buildings over the heads of residents.” The source said that seven civilians died in the attacks.

A number of reports didn’t identify the culprit. For example, Syrian Press Center reported that “aircraft launched a series of aerial bombardments targeting the Sheikh Fares neighbourhood on Friday, killing six civilians and injuring dozens, and leaving a whole family under the rubble.”

Microsyria reported the same details but was alone among sources in blaming the regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 14
  • (7 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–36
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Child victim of the strikes, carried out by either Russia or the Syrian regime, on al Sheikh Faress, Aleppo, 30th September 2016.(via @Mamoun_sy)
  • Injured child caused by the strikes, carried out by either Russia or the Syrian regime, targeting al Sheikh Faress, Aleppo, 30th September 2016. (via SN4HR)

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 – 14
  • (7 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–36
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]