Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1411

Incident date

October 5, 2016

Location

خان الشيح‬, Khan al Sheikh, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.373059, 36.112682 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

According to local media, the Khan al-Sheikh camp was subject to intense aerial or artillery shelling, leading to the death of up to three civilians including a child. Two other people were reportedly wounded in the attack, which reports blamed on either Russia or the Assad regime. There were claims that a field hospital and a mosque were struck in the attack.

According to Syria News Desk  “regime forces targeted a field hospital in Khan al sheikh with four explosive barrels and rocket-propelled artillery. Russian warplanes also launched raids with cluster bombs on the town, killing three civilians, including a child, and wounding several others”.

Some sources reported that the strikes struck a hospital, while AqsaTV added that a mosque was hit.

Many sources reported the illegal use of cluster bombs; among these were Qasioun, Step News, @freesyr046, @JobarNews1 and Syrian Press Center.

Most sources – such as Qasioun, Step News, Syrian Press Center and LCCSY – attributed the strikes to Russia, while a few (Smart News Agency, Shaware3mo5ym and  Islam Memo) pointed to the Assad regime.

Finally, Aqsa TV and Syria News Desk said that both Russia and the Assad regime were responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Isra’a 1.5 years old named by LCCSY killed
  • Mohammed Hussein Abu-Nidal Adult male named by LCCSY killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Damage to the infrastructure following an alleged raid. (via Islam memo)
  • A baby is rescued from the rubble following a raid on Khan al Shiekh. (via Syrianpc)
  • The exact moment when a helicopter dropped explosive barrels on Khan al Shiekh, (via Khan AL-Sheeh Media Center)
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    18 month old Isara’a killed in an alleged raid on Khan al Shiekh. (via LCCSy)
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    18 month old Isara’a killed in an alleged raid on Khan al Shiekh. (via Qudsn)
  • Mohammed Hissein (Abo Nidal), killed in an alleged raid on Khan al Shiekh. (via Shaware3mo5ym)

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
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]