Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1616

Incident date

November 17, 2016

Location

سقبا, Saqba, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.519286, 36.382427 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Likely four, but up to 13 civilians were killed in airstrikes on Saqba, Eastern Ghouta, according to local media.

It remains unclear who was responsible for the raid, with conflicting reports. Some sources claimed that Russian warplanes were responsible, others attributed responsibility to the regime and some could not positively identify warplanes.

Most sources put the death toll for this event at four. Both the Syrian Network for Human Rights and the Saqba Coordinating Facebook Page, named the four killed:

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the four civilians died when “government warplane missiles and artillery shells fired on Saqba city in Damascus suburbs”. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Al Jazeera also corroborated claims that the regime were responsible for the incident.

The Al Jazeera correspondent stated that across the countryside of Damascus, dozens were wounded and killed “by artillery and air strikes in night raids by the Syrian regime forces in the Eastern Ghouta to Damascus.”

However, LCCSY who put the death toll for the raids across Kafr Batna and Saqba at 13, attributed responsibility to Russian warplanes.

Syria News also blamed Russian warplanes for the incident, reporting that the four killed was part of a “massacre of the night from Russia”.

Shahba Press reported that a woman was among those killed in Saqba, however, there are no other reports of this.

It is unknown how many were wounded in the event.

 

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 13
  • (2–1 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Translation: Injured civilians, including children, as a result of intensive air raids on the city of Saqba in the countryside of Damascus 2016/11/17.
  • Translation: A child was rescued by the Civil Defense after an air raid targeting neighborhoods in the city of Saqba.
  • Saqba - Civilians, including children, were injured as a result of air strikes, as well as civilians under the rubble.
  • Translation: Part of the work of the civil defense teams in the search for victims after air raids on residential neighborhoods in the city of Saqba, in the Eastern Ghouta.
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Mohammed Barakat was one of the civilians who died in an airstrike on Saqba, Eastern Ghouta. (Via: SaqbaCoordinating1234)

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”.

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
    4 – 13
  • (2–1 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]