Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1500

Incident date

October 23, 2016

Location

كفرتخاريم, Kafr Takharim, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

36.1169382, 36.5147781 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that up to seven civilians – six of whom were named – including children and women died and dozens more were wounded in night-time airstrikes on Kafr Tkharim. The strikes reportedly hit a council building and a sports center. The majority of sources attributed this casualty event to Russia, though one report blamed warplanes belonging to the Syrian regime. Several others didn’t identify the culprit.

Halab Today TV gave the lowest death count of four – from the same family – reporting that the victims perished “after a night bombing by the Russian air force”.

According to the Shaam News Network, six from one family died. SNN said: “Russian warplanes raided the homes of civilians in the city of Kafr Tkharim, targeting the northern district with two raids, killing six people from same family, including four women and a child and wounding a number more. A mother and her child are still under the rubble”.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also said that the sports club was destroyed, and in a subsequent post put the death toll at six from the same family.

Only once source (LCCSY) said that regime jets were responsible.

The highest death count, of seven, was given by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, who said that this included two children and four women.

@salqin, tweeted a list of named casualties including one unidentified child, totaling to 7 victims.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Wahida Khashan Adult female killed
  • Lubabah Khashan Child female killed
  • Hussein Khashan Child male killed

Family members (2)

  • Marwa Qabas Child female killed
  • Raja'a Qabbas ( Mura's aunt) Adult female killed
  • Zeina Ajam, Hussein's wife Adult female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 7
  • (3 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–24
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Image showing damage to the buildings in Kafr Takharim following an airstrike on Oct 23rd. (via damascus00)
  • Chaos continues to unrvel the morning after the alleged raid in Kafr Takharim, Oct 23rd (via Halab TV)
  • Damage to a sports center in Kafr Tkharim due to Russian and Syrian regime raids on oct 23rd. (via SN4HR)
  • Damage to a local council in Kafr Tkharim building due to Russian and Syrian regime raids, Oct 23rd. (via SN4HR)
  • White Helmets and civilians fight through the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. (via Spm-syria)
  • White Helmets and civilians fight through the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. (via Spm-syria)
  • White Helmets and civilians fight through the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. (via Spm-syria)
  • A member of the White Helmets rests. (via Spm-syria)
  • Image showing damage to the buildings in Kafr Takharim. (via damascus1syria)
  • Image showing damage to the buildings in Kafr Takharim. (via damascus1syria)
  • Image showing damage to the buildings in Kafr Takharim. (via damascus1syria)
  • Image showing damage to the buildings in Kafr Takharim. (via SN4HR)
  • Moments after the raid hit Kafr Takharim on the evening of 23rd October 2016. (via Najim_76)
  • Moments after the raid hit Kafr Takharim on the evening of 23rd October 2016. (via Najim_76)
  • Moments after the raid hit Kafr Takharim on the evening of 23rd October 2016. (via Najim_76)
  • Image showing damage to the buildings in Kafr Takharim. (via Najim_76)

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
    6 – 7
  • (3 children4 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–24
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]