Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1653

Incident date

November 21, 2016

Location

حي السكري, Sukkari, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.17594, 37.14111 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between four and nine civilians – including one woman – were killed, and as many as 24 were wounded when barrel bombs were reportedly dropped on a six story building in Sukkari neighbourhood, Aleppo.

Sources were conflicted regarding who was to blame. Some sources attributed the blame to Syrian regime “helicopters”, while others blamed Russian warplanes for the alleged airstrikes.

Reports have suggested that the material destruction to the civilian housing was devastating, with photographic evidence to support the claim.

Additionally, as many as two families were trapped under the rubble with dozens reported wounded.

Aleppo24 and Ara News claimed that as many as five explosive barrel bombs were used. However, LCCSY reported that Russian missiles caused the damage.

The incident occured around midday.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 9
  • (1 woman)
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (15) [ collapse]

  • A man buried alive under the rubble is rescued by members of the Syrian Civil Defence following an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via SDC ALeppo)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Aleppo24)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Aleppo24)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Aleppo24)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Aleppo24)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
  • Search for victims in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via Baladi)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via @roiraqro)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via @roiraqro)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via @roiraqro)
  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian regime raid on Sukkari, Aleppo, 21st November 2016. (via @roiraqro)

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
    4 – 9
  • (1 woman)
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]