Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1648

Incident date

November 20, 2016

Location

حزرما, Hazrama, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.51718, 36.48874 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A woman and her unborn child were killed – and others were wounded – as a result of alleged Russian warplanes which struck a school in Hazramaon, Damascus, the afternoon of Sunday November 20th, according to sources on the ground.

Most sources blamed Russian warplanes for the death of the woman, however some sources do not attribute any blame.

According to one source the woman was a student, however the name of the school remains unidentified. Additionally, one source claims that civilian housing was also struck in the raid by rockets.

A powerful image Tweeted by @amer_almohibany, shows the mother of the woman who was killed crying over her body.

The incident occured during the day.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • The mother of a pregnant woman who was killed by alleged Russian warplanes which struck Hazrama, 20th November 2016. (via @amer_almohibany)
  • The mother of a pregnant woman who was killed by alleged Russian warplanes which struck Hazrama, 20th November 2016. (via @amer_almohibany)
  • The mother of a pregnant woman who was killed by alleged Russian warplanes which struck Hazrama, 20th November 2016. (via @amer_almohibany)

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.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]