Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1611

Incident date

November 17, 2016

Location

مساكن هنانو, Masaken Hanano, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.228558, 37.2000933 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One civilian, named as Qassim Mustafa, died in an air or artillery strike on Masaken Hanano (Aleppo), according to local media – though sources are conflicted as to whether it was Syrian regime or Russian warplanes.

Various social media posts stated that Qassim Mustafa was killed by cluster munition bombs.

An Al Jazeera correspondent reported that it was the Syrian Air Force that struck neigbourhoods East of Aleppo, including Hananou. The source reported: “Activists said that artillery targeted the neighborhood of Masaken Hananou with more than 150 rocket shells, including cluster bombs, which led to the departure of the ambulance system for service, according to militants.”

Syrian News Desk, however, blamed Russian warplanes for attacking Masaken Hanano – though its report made no mention of civilian harm.

One source, Aleppo AMC, said that “several people were injured by air strikes targeting the Masaken Hananou neighborhood”. No other sources mentioned any wounded civilians.

Amongst others, local Facebook group, ‘Occupied Masaken Hananou’, named the man killed as Qassim Mustafa.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Qassim Mustafa Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Missiles fired on ambulance of Charity Aid System in Masakin Hanano, Nov 17th (Via: SNHR)
  • Qassim Mustafa, killed in an alleged Russian airstrikes on Masaken Hananou, 17th November 2016. (Via: Occupied Masken Hanano)

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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]