Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1754

Incident date

December 6, 2016

Location

حي مساكن الفردوس, Masaken al Ferdos, 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

Up to five civilians were killed and between 12-15 injured in an airstrike on Masaken al Ferdos, Aleppo according to local media – though it was unclear whether the Russia or Assad regime were responsible.

A “massacre” took place in Al Ferdos as the neighbourhood was struck by rocket-propelled grenades, according to Enab Beladi News. The source reported that “five martyrs, including women and children, were killed and more than 12 injured.”

Shahba Press added that “a number of rockets fired at the residential buildings inside the neighbourhood, causing extensive destruction inside”.

Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the victims “died in Russian shelling on Masaken Al Ferdos”. The attribution of blame to Russia was also corroborated by other sources including, Syria News Desk, HNN and Step News Agency.

However, other sources put responsibility for the event on the regime forces. One source, RFS North, reported “regime forces committed a massacre… the fall of five martyrs and 15 injured civilians.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
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    The aftermath of strikes on Masaken al Ferdos, Dec 6th.
  • Al Ferdos was targeted by "rocket-propelled grenades" on December 6, 2016. (Via: Enab Baladi News)
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    Translation: At least five martyrs as a result of the massacre of civilians in Al-Firdous district, in besieged Aleppo.
  • Translation: "Ammar Jaber" of #Aleppo documenting the terrible massacre of civilians in the Ferdos district.
  • Translation: A massacre in Maskaen Al Fardos neighbourhood after it was struck with vacuum missiles - killing five people, including women and children, and injuring more than 12. Civil defence teams worked to pull out the martyrs and tend to the wounded.

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 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.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–15
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]