Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1608

Incident date

November 17, 2016

Location

الفردوس, Al Fardos neighbourhood, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.180995, 37.151892 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between two and seven civilians were killed and up to 15 more wounded in airstrikes on Al Fardos, Aleppo, according to local media.

It remains unclear who was responsible for the raid, with conflicting reports. Some said that Russian warplanes struck the area, whilst others suggested the regime was responsible.

Syria News Desk pointed to Russian warplanes, reporting that they had “killed seven civilians and wounded more than 15 others – most of them from one family in Al Ferdos.”

The source, Map News, however, stated that “the Syrian regime used high-impact paratroopers, resulting in extensive destruction of property, especially in Al-Firdous, Al-Katraji and Al-Ansari neighborhoods” on that day. Other sources added that helicopters and explosive barrels had been used.

According to Alsharq News, who placed the death toll at two civilians, both “Russian and Assad planes intensified raids on Aleppo…targeting Eastern neighbourhoods.”

Other sources also suggested that one family diedin Al Fardos.

Halab News’ list of martyrs in Aleppo said that five civilians died “following Russian enemy raids with parachute bombs on al Ferdos neighbourhood.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Translation: Shelling, siege and disability chair. The tragedies of the besieged citizen of Aleppo are integrated. The neighborhood of Al Fardous today.

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
    2 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]