Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1624

Incident date

November 18, 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

As many as six civilians – including women and children – suffocated to death, and up to 19 were injured, when an explosive barrel containing poisonous chloride gas struck the residential neighbourhood named Masaken Hanano, Aleppo, local media reported.

Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame for the alleged chloride attack. Some sources alleged that Russian warplanes were to blame, and others blamed the Syrian regime, however, most sources reported that helicopters dropped the explosive barrel bombs on Masaken Hanano, Aleppo. 

Footage shows the remnants of the bomb shell still mostly intact in the aftermath of the raid.

One source reported that there were over 12 casualties in two areas on the 18th, including Masaken Hanano (Aleppo) and Hamra.

Video footage also shows the extent of damage which was caused by the raids.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 6
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–19
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Remnants of the bomb which dropped poisonous chloride gas on Masaken Hanano, 18th November 2016. (via AMC Aleppo)
  • Interviews with local civilians in the aftermath of the chloride gas attack on Masaken Hanano, 18th November 2016. (via JisirTV)
  • Video showing an interview with a survivor of the chloride gas attack on Masaken Hanano, 18th November 2016. (via Mojahedin)
  • Remnants of the bomb which dropped poisonous chloride gas on Masaken Hanano, 18th November 2016. (via Smart)
  • Aftermath of the poisonous chloride gas attack on Masaken Hanano, 18th November 2016. (via AMC Aleppo)
  • Fires being extinguished in the aftermath of the poisonous chloride gas attack on Masaken Hanano, 18th November 2016. (via @ShahbaPress)

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
    5 – 6
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–19
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]