Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1547

Incident date

November 8, 2016

Location

دوما, Douma, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.5714804, 36.4033699 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Seven named civilians were killed and dozens more were wounded, including a child, by alleged Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes on Douma City in Eastern Ghouta.

According to sources the city was one of many subjected to “heavy artillery shelling” and “aerial bombardment” that week. @syriahadath, specified the use of cluster bombs.

One of those killed was a senior commander of The Army of Islam and according to Jaish al-Islam, was the operations officer of the second brigade.

Media activist Alaeddin Kurdi told ARA News that “for the fourth day in a row, the Syrian warplanes launched fierce and intensive raids targeting civilians and infrastructure, and the warplanes are still flying in the eastern Ghouta area.”

Local sources were conflicted over who was responsible for the airstrikes. While the Local Coordination Committee of Syria identified Russian warplanes as responsible for the airstrikes, other sources, including Syrian Network for Human Rights, blamed Syrian regime planes for the casualties. However, the majority of sources did not identify a culprit and instead only identified the planes as belonging to an air force.

According to the Local Coordination Committee of Syria, the airstrikes struck the neighbourhoods, the markets, and mosques of Eastern Ghouta with long-range thermobaric missiles.

A video posted by Doum showed the shell of the missiles that crashed through multiple buildings, which were significantly larger than the average human height. In addition, graphic images of those killed were included in the video, including two young men that were covered in blood. Another video posted by the Syrian Civil Defence showed an ambulance being loaded with a child who had been injured by strikes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ali al-Sabbagh Age unknown named by LCCSY and All4Syria killed
  • Anadan al-Wazir Age unknown named by LCCSY and All4Syria killed
  • Muhammad Ali Kassab Age unknown male named by LCCSY and All4Syria killed
  • Ahmad Sedawi Age unknown male named by LCCSY and All4Syria killed
  • Majed Haroun Age unknown named by LCCSY and All4Syria killed
  • Bashir Qashua Age unknown male named by LCCSY and All4Syria killed
  • Qutaiba Khaiti Age unknown named by LCCSY and All4Syria killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Footage showing the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Douma, 8th November 2016. The bodies of deceased civilians can be seen in the later part of the video. (via Doum)
  • Injured civilians rescued by members of the White Helmets in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Douma, 8th November 2016. (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • Injured civilians rescued by members of the White Helmets in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Douma, 8th November 2016. (via Syrian Civil Defence)
  • Remnants of a missile fired on Douma, 8th November 2016. (via @media_centerfr)
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    Image of a civilian killed in an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Douma, 8th November 2016. (via @SCDrifdimashq)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has not reported any specific strikes between November 1st – 30th 2016.

On 6 January 2017, Russia, however, reported: “Since November 8, 2016, the aircraft carrier group of the Northern Fleet consisting of the heavy aircraft carrying cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov, the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, the large ASW ship Severomorsk, as well as auxiliary vessels of the Black Sea Fleet, has been fulfilling counterterrorist missions on the territory of Syria”, adding that ”in the course of two months of their participation in the combat actions, naval aviation pilots have carried out 420 combat sorties, 117 of them were night ones”.

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
    7
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]