Local sources reported that the al-Maysar neighbourhood in eastern Aleppo was struck by air and artillery strikes, resulting in the death of up to 15 civilians, including children and one woman. Dozens more people were reportedly injured. Sources were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.
Besides few exceptions, most sources reported that 14 civilians were killed, and the Violations Documentation identified all 14 by name. No source provided a specific number of wounded, but most referred to “large numbers” or “dozens”.
The incident was reportedly part of a comprehensive shelling of eastern Aleppo that day. Shahed-ayan News said that “at least 27 civilians were killed in the besieged eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo Thursday (November 24th), most of them in the al-Mayser neighborhood, as a result of air and artillery shelling targeting several neighborhoods in the city.” The source quoted an eyewitness who said that 14 people were killed after being struck by artillery, rockets and explosive barrels.
Orient News reported that “Assad forces on Thursday committed a massacre in the neighborhood of Al Myasar in the city of Aleppo, which killed dozens of martyrs and wounded. (…) Activists said that the planes targeted residential buildings in al-Mayser neighborhood with cluster and concussion bombs, killing 14 civilians, including women and children”.
The incident reportedly included both airstrikes and artillery. Moreover, several sources mentioned that cluster bombs had been used. Half of the sources who blamed Russia reported the use of cluster bombs.
There were conflicting reports among the sources who pointed to a culprit. Four sources, @islamnedaa1, @theofficemedia (CLuster), HNN and VDC blamed Russia, while another six sources attributed the event to the Syrian regime. These were Orient News, Al-Jazeera, al-Jarida, Islammemo, Mojahedin News and MasarPressNet.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
The victims were named as:
Family members (7)
- Hussam Khalelo Adult male killed
- Yaser Khalelo Adult male killed
- Mahmoud Khalelo Adult male killed
- Qasem Khalelo Adult male killed
- Qasem Khalelo's wife Adult female pregnant killed
- Unborn child of Qasem Khalelo's wife Child male killed
- Qasem Khalelo's child Child male killed
- Khaled Sandafi 42 years old male killed
- Hasan Abdulrahman Assaf Adult male killed
- Muhammad Mahmoud Abdulaziz 37 years old male killed
- Firas Abuljood Adult male killed
- Firas al-Jabooli Adult male killed
- Ahmad al-Mamah Adult male killed
- Muhammad Aaoerah Adult male killed
Sources (30) [ collapse]
Syrian Regime Assessment:
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.”
Additionally, Russia reported that its air forces have carried out strikes in Aleppo during November and December 2016.