Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1704

Incident date

November 27, 2016

Location

الزهراء , Al Zahra village, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.361481, 37.015815 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

According to the Shaam News Network, “several successive explosions rocked the pro-Assad town of Zahra, located in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and media sources said it was the result of aerial bombing of a warplane targeting the area by mistake, causing strong explosions and fires in several places of the town.”

@ali_alabras93 said that two civilians died and “dozens” more were wounded in four Russian raids on Zahra.

Umyyapress provided the most detail, reporting: “a warplane – believed to be Russian – targeted the northern towns of Nabel and Zahra loyal to the Assad regime in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Sunday, which led to the deaths of a number of dead and wounded, according to sources loyal to the Assad regime.

“There were conflicting reports about the source of air raids that hit areas in the two towns, sources said that Russian airliner targeted at nine thirty in the night with a number of air raids, while other sources said that the flight is unidentified.

“According to pro pages, the two towns were targeted with four air and cluster air strikes, resulting in civilian casualties. According to these pages, Zahra Hospital announced the need for blood units from all factions, calling for the need to donate blood.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights noted that “Al-Zahra town is home to thousands of pro-regime militants who were trained by field commanders in the Lebanese Hezbollah”. The Observatory also pointed to Russian strikes on the town – reporting that Russia had struck it “by mistake”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–12
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Translation: 'Two martyrs and a number of wounded by the fall of shells on residential neighborhoods in the town of Zahra in the countryside of Aleppo'
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Remains of munitions and a badly disfigured corpse following an alleged Russian strike on Zahra, Nov 27th.

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.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–12
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]