Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1659

Incident date

November 21, 2016

Location

حرستا, Harasta, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.55869, 36.36515 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

As many as five civilians were reportedly killed – including up to three children – in alleged artillery and airstrikes “from the surrounding mountains” which struck Harasta. Both women and children were reportedly among the “dozens wounded” in the raid.

Some sources such as LCCSY have blamed Russian warplanes the for alleged bombing, however other sources  blamed the Syrian regime. Sada4press reported that the shelling came from “armed groups”, thereby not specifying a particular belligerent.

According to Breakingnews, there were as many as 25 rockets launched in the vicinity. Other sources, however, reported that thermobaric missiles were also used in the raid. 

Sources were conflicted as to the number of civilians killed in the incident. AljasemCom posted an image of a young boy who was allegedly killed in the raid. 

Mohamad.alshaar.harasta named one victim.

LCCSY named two different names as did the Syrian Network for Human Rights. Additionally, another source reported that there were four casualties from the event which is the highest toll reported. 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Yasser Faroun Age unknown male nicknamed Abu Muhammad Harb killed
  • Shahd Child female killed
  • Sondos Deyab Child female killed
  • Marwa Sheikh Hasana Age unknown killed
  • Suleiman Arabi Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
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    A child killed in alleged Russian and or Syrian regime airstrikes on 21st November 2016. (via AljasemCom)
  • An ambulance which was caught in the missile strike of an alleged Russian and or Syrian regime airstrikes on 21st November 2016. (via @SN4HR)

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.”

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
    2 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]