As many as nine civilians were killed – and up to 10 or more were wounded – in alleged airstrikes which struck Al Latamneh. According to sources the initial death toll was six, however this rose throughout the day. Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame for the raids. Some sources attributed blame to the Syrian regime, and others to Russian warplanes.
According to reports, the target was a construction site, meaning many bodies were trapped under the rubble. It was named the “Sabun Patun workshop” by Enabbaladi News. Additionally, there were serious injuries with civilians being transported to a field hospital.
Parts of the surrounding residential neighbourhood including residential housing and other public facilities were also destroyed in the missile strike. However, according to Enabbalaidi, rocket-propelled grenades were also used by the Syrian regime.
Video footage shows the burial of the victims in the aftermath of the airstrike.
Additional reports suggest that Al Latamneh is a town occupied by members of the Free Syrian Army, which could explain why it repeatedly becomes a target for the Syrian regime.
The incident occured around dawn.
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Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
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.”