Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1386

Incident date

October 2, 2016

Location

الصاخور, Al Sakhour (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2179122, 37.1892357 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

According to local media, alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrikes hit and destroyed a major hospital in al-Sakhour in Aleppo, killing up to four civilians and wounding 15 more.

Al Jazeera reported: “Russian and Syrian warplanes shelled  the biggest hospital still working in Eastern Aleppo, destroying it and forcing it out of service, as well as killing two people and wounding others”.

Sky News also referred to the hospital as “the biggest in Eastern Aleppo”, reporting that it was “bombarded for the fourth time on Saturday [Oct 2nd]. Four people were killed and 15 at least wounded”.

But Focus Aleppo reported that no civilians were killed, citing the director of hospital who said that “no staff were in the hospital at the time and that no casualties were reported.”

While most sources (Nader, @abd_horan, @Syriapost1, @abdulgrafordyab, al Araby TV, and Focus Aleppo) attributed the incident to Russia, Al-Jazeera pointed to both the Assad regime and Russia as the culprits.

However, according to SMO, explosive barrels holding chlorine were dropped on the building. They described how the chloride fell into a water tank which allegedly made it less effective.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–15
  • 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
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Sakhour hospital is rendered out of use following an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on 2nd October 2016. (via Qatar Red Crescent)
  • Sakhour hospital is rendered out of use following an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on 2nd October 2016. (via Qatar Red Crescent)
  • Sakhour hospital is rendered out of use following an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on 2nd October 2016. (via Qatar Red Crescent)
  • Sakhour hospital is rendered out of use following an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on 2nd October 2016. (via Qatar Red Crescent)

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 October 1st – 19th 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
    0 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–15
  • 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]