Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1502

Incident date

October 24, 2016

Location

خان شيخون, Khan Shaykhun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.44208, 36.65095 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between six and eight civilians including a child and two women died and as many as dozens more were wounded in multiple airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, according to local media. Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were to blame.

The lowest death count was given as one by Halab Today TV – though most other sources said that at least six people died. It blamed Russia.

RFS Media Office reported that “according to sources, the Russian air force fired several rockets on the city of Khan Sheikhoun in the southern countryside of Idlib, causing the deaths of six civilians and wounding a number more”.

However, a number of other sources attributed the event to the regime.

Alsouria, for example, said that “Assad military aircraft targeted the residential neighborhoods of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib countryside with nine air raids this afternoon [Oct 24th], including five raids with high-impact space parachutes, causing extensive damage and a large number of casualties.”

JBC news also blamed the regime, referring to a “massacre” caused by six raids, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights also reported a “government bombardment”.

According to @ZedHmod, the regime conducted “more than 12 air strikes, including three raids on a popular market”.

A number of reports didn’t apportion blame. Among these were the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – who said that the seven killed included a child and two women – and Shahba Press, who put the death toll as eight with dozens more injured.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Huge fires in various parts of Khan Shaykhun, Oct 24th (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • Damage buildings in the aftermath of the incident. (via Syrian Revolution Network)
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    Footage shows bodies unrecognisable due to being burnt in the fires caused by airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun, Oct 24th (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • A news bulletin showing the afteramth of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Khan Shaykhun, Oct 24th (via Anas)
  • Damage buildings in the aftermath of the incident. (via Jbc)
  • Huge fires in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. (via SyrianArwad)
  • The exact moment the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid hit the Khan Shaykhun. (via SyrianArwad)
  • Damage buildings in the aftermath of the incident. (via SyrianArwad)
  • Damage buildings in the aftermath of the incident. (via SyrianArwad)
  • A car burnt and crushed under the rubble following an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid. (via aa_arabic)
  • Trucks which were struck in the raid. (via SyrianCoalition)
  • The exact moment the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid hit the Khan Shaykhun. (via SN4HR)

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 – 8
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]