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.
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Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
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.