Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1698

Incident date

November 26, 2016

Location

معارة الأرتيق, Maarat al Arteek, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.247681, 37.053483 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between two and four civilians were killed and seven others were injured, including a woman, in airstrikes against the town of Maarat al Arteek in Aleppo. The airstrikes reportedly struck the police station with bunker busting missiles and resulted in the death of a policeman.

The consensus among local sources, including @RFS_NORTH and @Syriamubasher, was that the airstrikes were carried out by Russian planes.

Images posted by @ShahbaPress and a video posted by the White Helmets showed the civil defense team removing the bodies of civilians from the rubble of collapsed buildings. The civil defense teams worked continuously for 25 days to recover the bodies of the civilians, including the body of the policeman.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Translation: 'Our correspondent: 2 martyrs and 7 wounded civilians, including a woman in a new toll following the Russian raids on the town of Maarah Artek rural # Aleppo North.'
  • Translation: 'Two men died and two others were wounded this afternoon by aerial bombardment of the town of Ma'arat al-Artiq in northern Aleppo countryside.'
  • After continuous work for 25-days the civil defense team in Maarat al Arteek was able to recovered the body of the missing policeman.
  • Mohammed Badr Abdul Hamid, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Maarat al Arteek, Nov 26th (via Mohammed Abo ishaq)

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.”

Additionally, Russia reported that its air forces have carried out strikes in Aleppo during November and December 2016.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]