Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1472

Incident date

October 17, 2016

Location

حي ‏المرجة‬, Marjah (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1855676, 37.1802235 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

As many as 25 people from one family – named as the Eid Kabis family – died including eight children and two or three women and dozens more were wounded in an airstrike on Aleppo’s Al Marja neighbourhood. All but one source alleged that Russia carried out the strike.

According to Madar Daily, “14 members of a family were killed in a Russian air strike on the Marjah district of Aleppo, including two six-week-olds and six children under the age of eight.”

Ara News reported that “the field activist, Ali Jaafar, from the city of Aleppo told Ara that ‘Russian warplanes committed a terrible massacre in the Marjah neighbourhood of Aleppo after it was hit by a concussion missile. This caused the death of 15 people with many more wounded, including women and children’.”

Micro Syria put the death toll as high as 25, reporting that “Russian shelling targeted a building containing ten families.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights didn’t apportion blame, but stated that 13 people died including 10 children, “the majority from the same family”.

Only the Syrian Network for Human Rights pointed towards regime involvement, referring to “government warplanes” in one post and then “government warplanes and its allies” in a subsequent report.

Halab News named 13 victims, and blamed Russia for their deaths.These victims were also named by several other sources.

Multiple reports published distressing images of the dead children – and footage of their funeral.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (11)

  • Khaled Mohammad Eid Kabis 25 years old male killed
  • Amina Mohammad Eid Kabis 8 years old killed
  • Nadia Mohamamd Eid Kabid 4 years old killed
  • Amina Firas Kabis 7 years old killed
  • Tima Firas Kabis 5 years old killed
  • Amar Firas Kabis 2 years old killed
  • Mohamamd eid Firas Kabis 3 years old male killed
  • The baby Fatima al Zahra Firas Kabis 2 months old years old killed
  • Aysha Ahmad Kabis 17 years old female killed
  • The baby Hasan Yusuf Kabis 2 months old years old killed
  • Hamouda Hussein Kabis 25 years old killed
  • Lajina Amer Jamal 20 years old killed
  • Turki Arab 60 years old killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 25
  • (8–10 children1–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–25
  • 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 (33) [ collapse]

Media
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    Disturbing footage of multiple children who were killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Marjah, Oct 17th (via HNN)
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    An image of multiple children who were killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Marjah, Oct 17th (via SN4HR)
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    At the burial of those children killed in the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid, Oct 17th (via Qasioun news Agency)
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    A father weeps for his baby who was killed in the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. (via Qasioun News Agency)
  • Moments after the raid on Marjah which killed between 13 and 25 civilians. (via Ara News)
  • White Helmets clear some of the rubble in the aftermath of the incident. (via Enabbaladi)
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    A child victim of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid which struck Al Marjah, 17th October 2016. (via Alresalahpress)
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    Two child victims of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid which struck Al Marjah, 17th October 2016. (via Alresalahpress)
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    Two child victims of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid which struck Al Marjah, 17th October 2016. (via Alresalahpress)
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    A child victim of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid which struck Al Marjah, 17th October 2016. (via Alresalahpress)

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
    13 – 25
  • (8–10 children1–3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–25
  • 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 (33) [ collapse]