Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1574

Incident date

November 13, 2016

Location

خان شيخون , Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.44208, 36.65095 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Five civilians – a woman and her four children – died and dozens more were wounded in airstrikes on Khan Sheikhoun. Most sources blamed the Assad regime, though there were also allegations against Russia.

According to SMO, “Russian occupation aircraft on Sunday carried out a horrific massacre in the town of Khan Sheikhan in the village of Idlib, killing five people from one family and several others.”

Halab Today listed the names of the five victims and blamed Russia for the deaths.

But the majority of other reports attributed the fatalities to strikes by the regime.

There were also reports of barrels bombs being used. According to Syrian Press Centre, “helicopters used several barrels on the public square in the center of Khan Sheikun, where there are shops selling fuel, causing the outbreak of large fires and the death of three people on the spot. Others were injured”.

The Violations Documentation Center named five children killed “by Syrian Government and affiliated militias”.

There were also reports that Russia had struck a school – though no mention of civilian harm was made, and it’s unclear whether this was a separate incident.

The Syrian Network for Human reported: “suspected Russian warplanes missiles fired on Saleh Dado elementary School in Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, damaging its building and furniture and rendering it inoperable”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (4 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]

  • 'five civilians (a mother and her four children) died due to government warplanes missiles fired on Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, November 13, 2016.' (via SN4HR)
  • 'Image of a child wounded in government warplanes missiles fired on Khan Sheikhoun city in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, November 13.' (via SN4HR)
  • A wounded child following an alleged Russian strike on Khan Sheikhoun, Nov 13th (via SMO)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Translation: 'The martyrdom of a whole family, consisting of a mother and her four children, and dozens injured as a result of the bombing of the warplanes residential buildings in the city of Khan Sheikhon countryside # Idlib.'
  • Translation: 'Warplanes commit a massacre against a family in Khan Shikhun, rural Idlib'

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
    5
  • (4 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • 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]