Between two and eight civilians were killed in an airstrike on Qadi Askar, according to local media – though it was unclear whether Russia or the Assad regime were responsible for the event.
Halab Today reported that “the regime forces and sectarian militias supporting it” engaged in “intensive aerial bomardment and clashes in the neighbourhood of Qadi Askar.” But all other known sources attributed responsibility for the event to Russian forces.
Step News Agency, who placed the death toll at two civilians, stated that Russian warplanes were responsible using “vacuum missile raids”.
Halab News reported that eight unidentified civilians were killed in “Russian enemy raids”.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
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.