Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1612

Incident date

November 17, 2016

Location

الصالحين, Al Salheen, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1807701, 37.167263 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between three and four civilians died, and two children were wounded, in airstrikes on Al Saheen, Aleppo – though it was unclear whether the Syrian regime or Russian forces were responsible for the event.

Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the regime, tweeting that two children were wounded “as a result of the bombing of the government warplanes (allies) several missiles on the neighborhood of Al Salhin.”

Other sources, such as @rola1khatib, didn’t apportion blame for the specific incident – stating, for example, that: “[there were] five martyrs in the Al-Firdous district and four the in Al-Salihin district and dozens of injured civilians as a result of Russian and Syrian raids on the besieged Aleppo.”

Halab News’ list of martyrs in Aleppo has three entries for civilians who died in Al Saheen on 17th November.

The Legal Medicine Authority of Aleppo named one civilian who died as Ahmad Ajami bin Abdul Hamid. Aged 36, he was reportedly “returned to the forensic medical headquarters as a result of the bombing of the al-Salihin neighborhood by military aircraft.”

The other civilian casualties are unidentified.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ahmad Ajami bin Abdul Hamid 36 years old male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Translation: The first moments after the aerial bombardment of the neighborhood of Al Salhin in the city of Aleppo
  • Translation: A girl is removed from the bottom of the rubble in Aleppo
  • Translation: 'Picture of two wounded children, as a result of the bombing of the government warplanes (allies) several missiles on the neighborhood of Al Salhin in the city of # Aleppo, on November 17'
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Ahmad Ajami bin Abdul Hamid, aged 36, was killed in an airstrike on Al Saheer, Aleppo - 17th November 2016. (Via: Legal Medicine Authority of Aleppo)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

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.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]