Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1601

Incident date

November 17, 2016

Location

معارة الارتيق, Maarat Al Arteek, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.247681, 37.053483 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One civilian died in alleged air or artillery strikes on Maarat Al Arkeet, according to multiple local sources. It was unclear whether Russia or the regime was to blame for the death.

Alwaght suspected the Syrian regime responsible – the source stated, “Syrian army missiles and tanks targeted terrorist positions on the north-western axis of Aleppo, particularly the areas of Anadan, Kafr Hamra and Ma’arat al-Atteq, resulting in injuries among the gunmen and painful defeats”. The Syrian Press Center also blamed the regime.

According to @Syrianewstime, one child died and several others were injured in “Russian raids”. HNN also blamed Russia.

The White Helmets published a highly graphic video showing team members pulling the young civilian from the rubble – the source said Russia was the culprit.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Alaa Mahmoud Zahra Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
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    Graphic footage of the The White Helmets uncovering a civilian boy in the rubble following alleged Russian strikes on Maarat Al Arteek, November 17th (via Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Alaa Mahmoud Zahra died in suspected Russian raid on Maarat Al Arteek, November 17th (via Athadsyria1)

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

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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]