Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1521

Incident date

November 2, 2016

Location

أورم الكبرى , Urma al Kubra, Aleppo , Syria

Geolocation

36.1475457, 36.9448239 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between two and three civilians, including one woman and one child, were killed and up to six others were wounded by airstrikes fired on Urma Al Kubra town.

Russian warplanes were identified as responsible for the airstrikes by most local media sources, including Local Coordination Committees, @ShahbaPress and Syrian Network for Human Rights. However, Muslm News and Alsouria News blamed both Russian and regime planes while @AJA_Syria identified regime planes as launching airstrikes against the cities and towns of Aleppo.

The airstrikes were launched following a truce announced by Russia in the city of Aleppo.

According to reporter Abdul Razzaq Shakredi of the Syrian People’s Movement, Russian warplanes struck a popular Halal market and at the time of reporting. He also described how civil defence teams desperately attempted to rescue people from the rubble.

Photos published by Revolutionary Forces of Syria News showed the clouds of smoke covering the town following the airstrikes. Additional videos and photos posted by Thiqa Agency and showed the destruction to houses that were reduced to rubble and to the marketplace caused by the airstrikes. According to SN4HR the post office was also damaged in the raid.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–6
  • 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]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • The post office which was damaged in the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raids on Urma al Kubra, 2nd November 2016. (via SN4HR)
  • The exact moment that the airstrike targeted Urma al Kubra by alleged Russian and Syrian regime warplanes, 2nd November 2016. (via RfsMediaoffice)
  • The exact moment that the airstrike targeted Urma al Kubra by alleged Russian and Syrian regime warplanes, 2nd November 2016. (via RfsMediaoffice)
  • The exact moment that the airstrike targeted Urma al Kubra by alleged Russian and Syrian regime warplanes, 2nd November 2016. (via RfsMediaoffice)
  • Interviews with local civilians in the aftermath of the attack on a residential neighbourhood including a market with shops. Urma al Kubra, 2nd November 2016. (via Thiqa Agency)
  • Material damage to the neighbourhood of Urma al Kubra, due to alleged Russian and Syrian regime warplanes. 2nd November 2016. (via @thiqnewsagency)
  • Material damage to the neighbourhood of Urma al Kubra, due to alleged Russian and Syrian regime warplanes. 2nd November 2016. (via @thiqnewsagency)
  • Material damage to the neighbourhood of Urma al Kubra, due to alleged Russian and Syrian regime warplanes. 2nd November 2016. (via @thiqnewsagency)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reported that “Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General of the Army Valery Gerasimov stated about the decision taken by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu to set a humanitarian pause in Aleppo at 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. on November 4 under the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief :“All attempts of insurgents to break through in Aleppo have not succeeded. Terrorists have suffered mass losses in manpower, armament and combat hardware. They have no possibilities to leave the city.”

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
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–6
  • 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]