Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1613

Incident date

November 17, 2016

Location

المواصلات, Al Mowasalat, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2188989, 37.2510338 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were killed in air or possibly artillery strikes on Al Mowasalat, Aleppo, according to local media – though it was unclear whether Russia or the Assad regime were responsible.

Shahba Press reported that two people died and there was “injury of other civilians following Russian raids on the besieged Aleppo.” This death toll was corroborated amongst all other known sources.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Al Mowasalat was one of the neighbourhoods that was struck with “shelling by the regime forces with artillery shells and rockets”.

However, the sources Syria News Desk and Shahba Press attributed responsibility to Russian warplanes.

The source @rola1katib stated that “a number of air strikes were launched by cluster bombs targeting the city’s Al Mowasalat district”. 

It was unknown how many were injured in the incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    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

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Translation: 25 martyrs in city and countryside: 5 in Al Fardous, 2 in Bustan Al Basha, 2 in Sheikh Fares, 2 in Al Moasalatation, 3 in Al Ansari, 5 in Urma Al Kubra, 2 in Maadi, 4 in Al Salhin.
  • Translation: Numerous massacres and unprecedented shelling from all types of weapons. The number of martyrs is countless at this moment. #Aleppo burned by Assad and Russia. The picture from Al Moasalatation district just before.

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
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]