Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1473

Incident date

October 17, 2016

Location

Al Zar'aroura, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1656062, 36.9718334 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Five or six civilians including children and women died in a strike on the Al Za’aroura area near Kafr Naha in the western Aleppo countryside, according to sources on the ground. The majority of sources attributed the incident to Russia, though one pointed towards the regime. Several other reports didn’t identify the culprit.

LCCSY put the death toll at five including two children and two women, and blamed Russia.

Halab News, meanwhile, listed unidentified victims as “a child, two men and two women”.

According to Orient, “five civilians were killed and others injured by air strikes carried out by Russia on the outskirts of the town of Kafr Naha in the western part of Aleppo. Aircraft targeted the Al Za’aroura area near the town of Kafr Nahah with rockets. The Civil Defense teams evacuated the injured and victims to medical hospitals.”

@MasarPressNet reported that six civilians died in the attack, but didn’t name the culprit.

According to Baladi, “rocket-propelled grenades” struck the area – but the source didn’t apportion blame.

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights pointed to the regime, reporting that “at least five victims died due to government warplanes (allies) missiles fired on Al Za’rora area near Kafr Naha town in Aleppo governorate, October 17, 2016.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • (1–2 children2 women)
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Destruction to civilian homes depicted here in Al Zar'aroura. (via Baladi news Network)
  • Civilians digging through and saving what is left of their homes in Al Zar'aroura following an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on 17th October 2016. (via SNN)
  • Civil defence dig through the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via baladinetwork)
  • Civil defence dig through the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via baladinetwork)
  • Civil defence dig through the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via baladinetwork)
  • Civil defence dig through the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged raid. (via baladinetwork)

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
    5 – 6
  • (1–2 children2 women)
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]