Airstrikes targeting Aleppo’s Al Ansari neighbourhood reportedly killed between five and seven civilians and wounded up to dozens, reported local media – though sources disagreed as to whether the strikes were carried out by Russia or the Syrian regime.
None of the victims were identified by name, but most sources reported that the death toll was five, while others mentioned six and seven. Moreover, the strikes reportedly wounded between two and dozens more people.
Several sources mentioned that explosive barrels dropped by helicopters had been used in the shelling.
According to Micro News, “activists said that five civilians were killed on Saturday morning [Nov 19th] and dozens more were wounded when helicopter gunships fired explosive devices at a civilian defence centre in the Al Ansari district, causing considerable damage to the centre and surrounding buildings.”
Most of the known sources pointed to Russia as the culprit, while only one attributed blame on the Syrian regime.
The incident occured around dawn.
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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.