Between nine and 25 civilians, including children and women, were killed and up to 30 more wounded, as a result of aerial shelling in the Aleppo neighbourhood of Al Mashad local sources reported.
Sources varied regarding the number of fatalities, with the lowest at five and highest reported by ShahbaPress at 25. Several sources reported that children and women were among those killed.
According to @hamade_12, there was a “massacre in which nine children and women were killed in Al-Mashhad and Al-Qatraji district as a result of the fall of a ballistic missile”.
The Violations Documentation Center said that two adult male civilians died but did not provide their names. The Twitter account @r_shazli24 posted a picture of four male victims, but similarly neither provided names.
Only one victim was identified by name, the activist Anas Pasha, who reportedly died from wounds sustained in the strikes. HNN referred to him as their “correspondent.”
Buraq News gave the highest number of wounded, placing the number at 30, while other sources referred to “dozens” or as low as six by one source.
The incident was reportedly a part of a larger shelling of several neighbourhoods in Aleppo. Jsirtv reported that “fifty-nine martyrs were killed yesterday in the besieged neighborhoods, mostly in the districts of Al Mashhad and Al Myasar and Bab al-Nayrab and Katraji and Al Sukkari, the bombing of ballistic missiles and joint raids of the regime and the Russian occupation.”
Meanwhile, SPM-Syria added to the reporting that “Russian battleships committed a horrific massacre this evening, where two live ballistic missiles were fired at Aleppo, targeting the first neighborhood of Al-Mashhad, killing more than 14 civilian martyrs and dozens of injuries as a preliminary result.”
The sources did not agree about the culprit. Three sources (VDC, Smart News and SPM-Syria) pointed to Russia as the culprit, while another three (al-Araby, @NabaaSyria and RFS) put blame on the Syrian regime. Most sources, however, did not identify a culprit. Jsirtv pointed to both Russia and the Syrian regime.
The incident occured during the night.
- Anas Pasha Adult male named by HNN killed
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Russian Armed Forces 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.