Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS1782

Incident date

December 10, 2016

Location

بنش, Binnish, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.958429, 36.711587 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

In this major event, local sources reported that alleged Russian airstrikes killed between zero and 15 civilians, including three children, and wounded up to 24, as they struck the city of Binnish, Idlib.

While Qasioun News said that there were no reports of casualties, the remaining sources reported up to 15 fatalities, including children. Eight victims were identified by name.

There is doubt as to whether one of the victims, Mustafa Haj Kadour, was a civilian or an opposition fighter. The Violations Documentation Center classifies him as a civilian while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Firas Al Ahmad refer to him as a “fighter” or “rebel militant”.

According to Qasioun News’ correspondent, alleged Russian warplanes dropped cluster bombs. LCCSY added that Russian forces had used vacuum missiles in the strikes.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Russia struck the “Mustafa Amouri School in the city of Binsh in the countryside Idlib, which led to the partial destruction of the building and exit from service on 10 December.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 15
  • (3 children5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (32) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • Footage of the immediate chaotic aftermath in Binnish, Idlib, after being struck by the alleged Russian airstrikes on 10 December, 2016 (via Ahmed Fallaha)
  • Footage of the immediate chaotic aftermath in Binnish, Idlib, after being struck by the alleged Russian airstrikes on 10 December, 2016 (via Mouaz Al Shami News)
  • The alleged Russian strikes on Binnish, Idlib, reportedly destroyed the Mustafa Amouri School (via SN4HR)
  • Destruction caused by the alleged Russian strikes targeting Binnish Idlib on 10 December 2016 (via @Maaramc13)
  • Destruction caused by the alleged Russian strikes targeting Binnish Idlib on 10 December 2016 (via @Maaramc13)
  • Destruction caused by the alleged Russian strikes targeting Binnish Idlib on 10 December 2016 (via @Maaramc13)
  • Destruction caused by the alleged Russian strikes targeting Binnish Idlib on 10 December 2016 (via @Maaramc13)
  • Destruction caused by the alleged Russian strikes targeting Binnish Idlib on 10 December 2016 (via @Maaramc13)
  • Mustafa Haj Kadour was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via Firas Al Ahmad Facebook)
  • Mustafa Haj Kadour was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via Firas Al Ahmad Facebook)
  • Ahmed Amouri Al Assaad was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via Coordinators of the-revolution in the city of Binnish)
  • Ahmad Omar Fayyad was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via Almasjedalkabeer Facebook)
  • Ahmad Muhammad Haj Talib was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via Coordinators of the-revolution in the city of Binnish)
  • Destruction caused by the alleged Russian strikes targeting Binnish Idlib on 10 December 2016 (via Idlib Media Centre Facebook)
  • Destruction caused by the alleged Russian strikes targeting Binnish Idlib on 10 December 2016 (via Idlib Media Centre Facebook)
  • Abd al-Lateef Mostafa al-Omer was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via VDC)
  • Amer Hasan al-Saeid was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via VDC)
  • Ahmad Abd al-Lateef Qara Ali was reportedly killed by the alleged Russian airstrikes targeting Binnish, Idlib, on 10 December, 2016 (via VDC)

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.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 15
  • (3 children5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (32) [ collapse]