In what sources referred to as “a terrible massacre”, 22 named civilians, including children, died in an an airstrike on Batbo, Aleppo, according to local media. The majority of sources blamed Russia, however, a small number mentioned the regime – 24Aleppo, for example, alleged both parties culprit.
According to Qasioun, “at least 38” civilians were injured and taken to the local hospital following the raids. The source said residential areas in Batbo were struck with space rockets by Russian fighter jets – resulting in significant loss of life and injury.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported four children and seven women killed within the toll which they put at 23 – the source alleged Russia alone was responsible. However there is contradiction in reporting from the source as a later report alleged “at least 10 victims died in government warplanes (allies) missiles” also on November 16th.
A subsequent report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said “more than 40 people were killed and more than 40 injured” in the airstrikes. The source added, “damage was caused to a building in the town, while an attempt to retrieve missing persons continues under the rubble of the destroyed building”.
@AleppoAMC did not name a culprit, but it did cite the use of “airstrikes by rockets and cluster bombs”. The tweet said 20 people died and “more than 50” incurred injuries.
The death toll was put “at least 19” by SOHR including seven women and three children. The report noted that the death toll was expected to rise due to civilians being critically wounded. Micro News added that many civilians were trapped underneath the rubble.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
- Dalal, wife of Omar Bakkour Ekil Adult female killed
- Ahmad Mustafa al Sakkar Age unknown male killed
- Fatim Mohammad Abdul Wahhab Adult female killed
- Ilham al Kad’ Adult female killed
- Hajar Hmaid Adult female killed
- Ali Mustafa Ali Hasan Age unknown killed
- Huthayfa Ibrahim Age unknown killed
- Ahmad al Sawwas Age unknown male killed
- Unidentified man Adult male an IDP from Kafr Zita, northern Hama killed
- Um Meizar Adult female an IDP from Kafr Zita, northern Hama killed
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Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
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.