Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1683

Incident date

November 24, 2016

Location

قرية مراط, Marat, Deir Ezzor, Syria

Geolocation

35.31407, 40.23865 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Following a lethal attack on the village of Marat, Deir Ezzor, the previous day, the village was reportedly struck by airstrikes again on the 24th, resulting in up to five civilian fatalities and several more people being wounded. Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Assad regime were to blame.

Deir Ezzor radio reported that “warplanes launched two raids targeting the villages of Marat – the raids were in the same area as the massacre yesterday [Nov 23rd]. Until now there are five martyrs.”

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “warplanes also bombed areas in the village Marat in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, killing five citizens”. The source added that a total of ten civilians had been killed during the past 24 hours in Marat.

@JFLngo gave the lowest death count reporting that “a house was bombed in the village of Marat Fawqani in Deir al-Azur for the second time, killing one civilian person and injuring a number more.” This was also the only source that mentioned the number of wounded.

Alaraby pointed to the Syrian regime as responsible, while Euphrates blamed Russia. Several sources merely referred to “warplanes”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Reporter says that "military aircraft" killed five civilians in the village of Marat in Deir Ezzor (via Jsirtv)

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

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.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces, Russian Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]