Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1526

Incident date

November 4, 2016

Location

كفر ناها, Kafr Naha, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1658391, 36.9767189 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between eight and 15 civilians, including women and children, were killed and between 20 and 25 civilians were wounded in airstrikes launched against the town of Kafr Naha in western Aleppo. Local sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the airstrikes.

According to Mohammed Haj Hussein, a local media and civil defence correspondent, airstrikes were launched by Russian and Syrian regime aircraft during afternoon prayers, targeting both a mosque and civilian housing.

While Step News identified Russian and Syrian regime aircraft as launching attacks across the countryside of Aleppo, the majority of other sources, including HNN and the Local Coordinated Committee of Syria blamed Russian planes for being specifically responsible for the attacks on Kafr Naha.

Many of the civilians affected by the airstrikes were from the same family and most were women and children. An image posted by @TRTalarabiya showed a young child covered in blood from injuries sustained by the airstrikes.

According to Shaam Network, the bombs used in the airstrikes were highly explosive rockets that resulted in heavy casualties and damage.

Videos posted by Thiqa Agency and Alboazezi show the moment that the rocket was launched into the town and the destruction in the aftermath, including bodies of civilians laying in the streets. Immediately following, the civil defence teams went to the scene to rescue the injured from the rubble.

Many of those injured were reportedly in critical condition, which was made worse by the continued shelling and the difficulty in finding a nearby hospital.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 15
  • (2–5 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–25
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Footage of a parachute missile dropped on Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via Thiqa Agency)
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    Seriously disturbing footage of a member of the civil defence dodging more than 10 the bodies of victims as he attempts to rescue other civilians from the scene. Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via Alboazezi)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via @SRV_News)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via @SRV_News)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via @SRV_News)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via @SRV_News)
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    A wounded child in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via @TRTalarabiya)
  • The exact moment an an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid hit Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via @ZakariaNassani)
  • The exact moment an an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid hit Kafr Naha, 4th November 2016. (via @ZakariaNassani)

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 – 15
  • (2–5 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–25
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]