Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1593

Incident date

November 16, 2016

Location

باتبو, Batbo, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.13447, 36.73979 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

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.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Ali Hasan Dibou Age unknown male killed
  • Mustafa Ali Hasan Dibou Child male killed
  • Ali Mustafa Dibou Age unknown killed

Family members (5)

  • Abdul Hakim Ahmad Jaqla Age unknown male killed
  • Wedad Walid Jaqla Child female killed
  • Lamya Walid Jaqla Child female killed
  • Ahmad Jaqla Age unknown male killed
  • Walid Jaqla Age unknown killed

Family members (2)

  • Hasan al Sawwas Age unknown male killed
  • Mother of Hasan al Sawwas Adult female killed

Family members (2)

  • Sabah Mahmoud Ekil Age unknown killed
  • Warda Mahmoud Ekil Child female killed
  • 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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    22 – 40
  • (4–7 children7–8 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

  • Footage of the rescue mission in Batbo following alleged Russian attacks, November 16th (via Syrian Civil Defense)
  • A reporter reveals the material destruction in the town of Batbo after alleged Russian airstrikes, November 16th (via SNN)
  • The aftermath of suspected Russian strikes on Batbo, November 16th (via Ahmad Shlar)
  • Rescue teams search beneath destroyed builidings in Aleppo, the impact of suspected Russian airstrikes, November 16th (via 24Aleppo)
  • The destruction across the town of Batbo following suspected Russian strikes, November 16th (via Step)
  • Locals and the White Helmet rescue team look under a building for civilians caught the alleged Russian strikes on Batbo, November 16th (via Eldorar)
  • Two men sat among the rubble in Batbo after Russian airstrikes allegedly hit the town, November 16th (via Eldorar)
  • The White Helmets pursue a rescue mission in Batbo after suspected Russian airstrikes inflicted civilian harm, November 16th (via Eldorar)
  • A civilian covered in dust under the rubble in Batbo - the impact of alleged Russian warplane shelling, November 16th (via @Kayvan_soh)
  • Destruction in Batbo after a reportedly large massacre of civilians in alleged Russian airstrikes, November 16th (via @ShahbaPress)
  • Photographs of The White Helmet rescue team in Batbo, November 16th (via @barq_news)
  • Material destruction across the town of Batbo after Russian aircraft allegedly hit the town, November 16th (via @islammemo_cc)
  • The streets of Batbo after suspected Russian airstrikes, November 16th (via Step News)
  • Ali Dibou was killed in alleged Russian strikes on Batbo, November 16th (via Ahmad Shahada)
  • The son of Ali Dibou died with his father in suspected Russian strikes on Batbo, November 16th (via Ahmad Shahada)

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
    22 – 40
  • (4–7 children7–8 women8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–50
  • 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]