Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1570

Incident date

November 13, 2016

Location

الأتارب, Al Atarib, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1375975, 36.8284035 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians were killed, including a woman and a girl, and as many as dozens more were wounded in alleged Russian and Syrian regime raids on the Civil Defence Centre for Rehabilitation and Training, and a boys’ school in Al Atarib, according to sources on the ground.

It is unclear as to whether these were two separate locations, or a boys’ school which had been turned into a training centre for the civil defence. Imagery showed desks and paintings in the exterior of the building, suggesting it was once a school. According to sources, the building was rendered inoperable.

Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Assad regime were responsible for the civilian harm.

There were reports that not only cluster bombs, but artillery shelling and phosphorous bombs were used in this alleged event.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 5
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–24
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime raids on Al Atarib, 13th November 2016. (via Baladi)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime raids on Al Atarib, 13th November 2016. (via @SN4HR)
  • White Helmets remove a body in the aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime raids on Al Atarib, 13th November 2016. (via @Syria_Tweets)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime raids on Al Atarib, 13th November 2016. (via @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime raids on Al Atarib, 13th November 2016. (via @SyriaCivilDefe)

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”.

Additionally, Russia reported that its air forces have carried out strikes in Aleppo during November and December 2016.

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 – 5
  • (1–2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–24
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]