Between five and 46 civilians were killed, and up to 50 were wounded, in an airstrike on As Suwar which struck a market and coach station. Sources either blamed Russian warplanes for the raid, or did not attribute any blame at all, reporting that the planes were unidentifiable.
Sources reported that not only was a market struck, but also a coach station with buses carrying civilians. Another source reported that six cars carrying food, including vegetables, were destroyed in the raid – along with shops and residential homes.
Many sources reported that the wounded civilians were in a serious condition, therefore the number of deaths was likely to rise significantly. The wounded were transferred to a hospital in Abu Kamal. Syria News Desk added that many children were wounded in the airstrikes.
More than one source reported that those killed in the shelling were mostly workers from the market, who were originally from Raqqa – likely displaced.
Additionally, many of the bodies were unidentifiable due to the casualties being burned and “charred” in the flames.
Sharqiya Voice gave the highest death toll, of 46.
One source reported that the vicinity had been under ISIS control.
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 January 1st – 31st 2017.