Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1736

Incident date

December 4, 2016

Location

حي الفردوس , Al Fardous neighbourhood, Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.180995, 37.151892 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that a mother and her three children died in Aleppo’s Al Fardous neighbourhood. The majority of sources blamed a Russian airstrike, however, there was also a claim that a tank shell caused the deaths.

Husseintalal reported that “a baby girl lost her father, mother and brothers by aerial bombardment of the Russian occupation of Al – Fardous district by Aleppo”

Abu Alhoda said that a mother and her three children died, and published a graphic image of the three dead children.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights posted a picture of a “man crying after his wife died, along with her three children, when suspected Russian warplanes missiles fired on Al Ferdous neighborhood in Aleppo city, December 4.”

But SyriaMubasher reported that a tank shell fell on the neighbourhood, killing the family.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Unknown

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
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    'Russian warplanes bombard the Firdous district of Aleppo and kill a family of a mother and three of her children'
  • A man cries over the body of his wife, killed alongside his three children, in an alleged Russian airstrike on Al Fardous, Dec 4th (via SN4HR)

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 December 1st – 31st 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.

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (3 children1 woman1 man)
  • 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
    Russian Armed Forces, Unknown

Sources (13) [ collapse]