Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1654

Incident date

November 21, 2016

Location

حي الشعار, Al Shia'ar, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2085139, 37.1855771 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

As many as four civilians were killed – allegedly from the same family – and some were wounded in an air and artillery strike, which one source described as a “barbaric bomb attack”, on Al Shia’ar, Aleppo.

Sources are conflicted as to who was to blame. Some blame Russian warplanes for the airstrikes, while others such as SN4HR blamed the Syrian regime. Many sources however reported sightings of helicopters which allegedly dropped explosive barrel bombs on the vicinity. One source reported that both air and artillery strikes struck Al Shia’ar, Aleppo.

Video evidence shows much material damage to residential homes, with fires being put out.

More footage published by Qabon Event, shows a mother weeping over the body of her husband and child who were killed in the alleged raid.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (0–1 children0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strikes on Al Shia'ar, 21st November 2016. (via Radio Hara FM)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strikes on Al Shia'ar, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strikes on Al Shia'ar, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
  • The aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strikes on Al Shia'ar, 21st November 2016. (via Smart)
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    A mother weeps over the body of her dead husband and child in the aftermath of alleged Russian and Syrian regime air and artillery strikes on Al Shia'ar, 21st November 2016. (via Qabon Event)

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
  • (0–1 children0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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]