Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1713

Incident date

November 28, 2016

Location

الشعار , Al Shi’ar neighbourhood, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2085139, 37.1855771 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between seven and 12 civilians including children and women died and dozens more were wounded in air or artillery strikes on Aleppo’s Al Shi’ar neighbourhood, according to sources on the ground. Reports were conflicted as to whether Russia or the regime caused the civilian harm, though multiple reports mentioned the use of cluster bombs and missiles. Additionally, there were claims that explosive barrels had been dropped from helicopters.

The lowest death count was given as seven by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, who blamed “government warplanes and its allies”.

@Mamoun_sy R said that both Russia and Assad were to blame, while Al Jazeera said that the area was subjected to “heavy artillery shelling” but didn’t identify the culprit.

However, the majority of other sources attributed the event to Russia.

According to Qasioun, “10 civilians were killed and more than 20 were wounded, some of them seriously wounded in air strikes by Russian air force fighter jets on residential buildings in the Al-Sha’ar district of Aleppo. Civil defense teams are still removing survivors from the rubble”.

Ara, also pointing to Moscow, said that “Russian warplanes targeted the neighbourhood with a number of concussion rockets which hit civilian houses…several buildings collapsed over the heads of their inhabitants.”

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 12
  • (5 children2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • A man carries a child to safety following a strike on Aleppo's Al Shi’ar neighbourhood, Nov 28th 2016.
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    A wounded man following a strike on Aleppo's Al Shi’ar neighbourhood, Nov 28th 2016.
  • A member of the civil defense searches for bodies following a strike on Aleppo's Al Shi’ar neighbourhood, Nov 28th 2016.

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
    7 – 12
  • (5 children2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (21) [ collapse]