Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1499

Incident date

October 23, 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

Between three and five civilians including two children and a woman died and up to 10 more were wounded in an airstrike or artillery shelling of a residential area in Aleppo’s Marjah neighbourhood, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were to blame.

The Shaam News Network reported: “Activists said Russian warplanes targeted neighborhoods in Marjah district in Aleppo with rockets, which led to the death of four civilians, including women and children, and wounding of others, in addition to a mass damage of residential buildings.” Syrian Press Center, also blaming Russia, said that the four fatalities included two children and a woman.

Sky News Arabia put the death toll at five, pointing to “Russian-Syrian air raids” and noting that they happened “a day after the end of the Russian truce”.

The Syrian network for Human Rights blamed only the regime.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, artillery may also have been operating in the area. It said that “three civilians were killed including a child and a woman, while others were wounded, in a bombardment on the Marjah neighbourhood; it is still unknown whether if it was aerial or artillery bombardment. Many other people were wounded.”

@HalabNewsN listed 2 victims and also reported one unidentified man.

Smo-Sy said that and additional 10 people were wounded, but like numerous sources didn’t apportion blame.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Hassan Farhan Adult male named by HNN killed
  • Wife of Hassan Farhan Adult female named by HNN killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

On 20th October 2016, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported on the decisions made aimed towards stabilising the situation in Aleppo.

""Today, strikes by the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force are finished at 10:00 (MSK) in the area of Aleppo. Early termination of the airstrikes is essential for holding a “humanitarian pause” on October 20, 2016”, said General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. According to him, it will allow to guarantee security of civilians leaving the city through 6 humanitarian corridors and to prepare casualty and medical evacuation from the eastern part of Aleppo.
“We apply to the leadership of countries influencing on armed formations active in the eastern part of Aleppo with a proposal to convince their leaders to stop warfare and leave the city,” stated the Minister of Defence.
According to General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, by the start of the “humanitarian pause” the Syrian troops will have been withdrawn to the distance safe for insurgents to leave the city with weapons through two special corridors: one – along the Kastello road, second – in the area of Suk al-Hai market."

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
    3 – 5
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]