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
Sources (22) [ collapse]
Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
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."