Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1627

Incident date

November 18, 2016

Location

حي الصالحين, Salheen, Aleppo, 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

As many as ten civilians were killed – and dozens more were wounded – in alleged air and artillery strikes which struck Salheen, Aleppo, according to sources on the ground.

Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame. Many sources blamed both the Syrian regime and Russian warplanes for the raids. However, one local source, which tweeted a graphic image of a girl who was killed, blamed the Syrian regime. LCCSY said that Russia was responsible.

According to most sources, these strikes were a continuation of a series of heavy aerial bombardments of Aleppo that day.

Aawsat News reported that over the course of the day, up to 35 civilians were killed, and hundreds were wounded in Aleppo. Additionally they claimed that warplanes launched more 50 air strikes and 300 artillery and missile shells on Aleppo. 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (0–1 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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
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    A young girl, killed or wounded in alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strikes on Salheen, Aleppo. 18th November 2016. (via @Abohraid007)

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
    10
  • (0–1 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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]