Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1522

Incident date

November 3, 2016

Location

ميزناز, Miznaz, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.057018, 36.85411 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Between eight and 10 civilians, including seven children and one woman, were killed and at least 12 were wounded from thermobaric missile airstrikes targeting the village of Minaz. However, local sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the airstrikes.

Syrian Network for Human Rights attributed Syrian regime planes to blame, while most other sources including Shaam Network and Qasioun News Agency alleged that Russian planes were to blame for the attacks.

The commander of the civil defence in the western sector of Aleppo, Mohammed Hallak, stated that the civil defence retrieved the bodies of an entire family of four that were killed by the airstrikes. Those that were injured sustained serious injuries that may have caused the number of civilians killed to rise after the time of reporting.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 10
  • (3–7 children1 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 (4) [ collapse]

  • Footage showing the damage to residential homes in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Miznaz, 3rd November 2016. (via Qasioun News Agency)
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    A girl killed in the allegd Russian and Syrian regime raid on Miznaz, 3rd November 2016. (via RfsMediaoffice)
  • Clearing the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Miznaz, 3rd November 2016. (via RfsMediaoffice)
  • A member of the White Helmets digs for bodies in the rubble in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Miznaz, 3rd November 2016. (via @AlrefaiR)

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
    8 – 10
  • (3–7 children1 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]