Eight or nine civilians died and up to dozens more were injured in an alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrike on Ard Al Hamra, Aleppo, according to multiple local sources. While some sources blamed Russia, others accused the regime of dropping barrels of chlorine gas from helicopters.
Ara News put the death toll at nine civilians, though it didn’t identify the culprit. According to the source, civilian homes were destroyed and the death toll was likely to rise as more civilians were trapped under the rubble. @aljmhoria also reported nine killed.
@Roj24K said that “chlorine gas” was used in both Ard Al Hamra and Masaken Hananou, “after a helicopter threw and explosive barrel”. Smo-sy reiterated the use of chlorine and said a regime “helicopter dropped six explosive drums containing chlorine gas in the neighborhood of Sananu Masaken Hananou and the Ard Al-Hamra area, suffocating dozens of civilians who were transferred to field hospitals for necessary treatment”.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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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.