Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1656

Incident date

November 21, 2016

Location

الفردوس, Al Fardous, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.180995, 37.151892 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between three and four civilians were killed and at least 10 others were wounded in air or artillery strikes on Aleppo’s Al Fardous neighbourhood, although local sources were conflicted as to whether Russian or regime planes were responsible.

According to sources such as @ShahbaPress and @AleppoAMC, explosive barrel bombs were dropped in the attack. The majority of sources listed four as the number of civilians killed, while only Syrian Network for Human Rights reported three civilian casualties.

It was unclear whether Russian or regime planes carried out the airstrikes against Al Fardous. According to both Syrian Network for Human Rights and Micro News, the airstrikes were conducted by regime planes. However, the Local Coordination Committees in Syria attributed the airstrikes to Russia.

A video posted by Albou Azizi shows the White Helmets rescuing injured civilians from the rubble following the airstrikes – and a video posted by Step News shows the physical destruction to buildings caused by the airstrikes.

The incident occured at approximately 12:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • White Helmets rescuing civilians from rubble following an alleged Russian airstrike on the Al Fardous neighborhood in Aleppo, Nov. 21st (via Albou Azizi youtube)
  • The destruction caused by the alleged Russian airstrikes on the Al Fardous neighborhood in Aleppo, Nov. 21st (via Step News)

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
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]