Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS200

Incident date

November 27, 2015

Location

أعزاز‎, A`zaz, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.586002, 37.034333 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Up to five civilians, including one to two children, were reported killed and six injured in an alleged Russian airstrike on Azaz, according to multiple sources.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that three non-combatants, including one child, died when Russian warplanes launched several rockets targeting the road leading to the border crossing point with Turkey. A pro-regime tweet instead claimed that “Russian warplanes raids target a convoy coming from Turkey to support the terrorists of al Nusra Front via Izaz in the northern Aleppo countryside.”

The White Helmets put the death toll at five and said the victims were from the same family and included two children. However, in their Facebook post, they stated that the area was attacked by “warplanes“, not specifying any nationality.

The VDC named the two victims and another man as an unidentified.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights listed one additional victim by name.

Halab News named Mohammad Hussein Barhawi, who it said was an FSA fighter.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • 'Russian enemy planes bomb Izaz on the Syrian Turkish border' (via Mohammad Abduallah Sleiman tweet)
  • Burning trucks in the aftermath of an alleged Russian airstrike on Izaz, November 27th (via White Helmets)
  • Footage of the moment an alleged Russian airstrike hit Azaz, Nov 27th (via north press)
  • The martyr of Jamila Abu Hussein Al - Ghabash was martyred by the Russian bombing on the city of Aazaz (via Jasimine tweet)
  • Mohammad Barho (via VDC)
  • a Syrian girl her head destroyed as a result of the Russian bombing on the border areas in the town of Izaz (via Shareef Sarmada tweet)
  • A picture of Russian warplanes raids target a convoy coming from Turkey to support the terrorists of al Nusra Front (via Izaz in the northern Aleppo countryside)

Geolocation notes (5) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention an airstrike targeting several vehicles in western A’zaz (أعزاز‎). After investigating audio-visual material from sources, we narrowed this location to a highway west of the city, for which the exact coordinates are: 36.586002, 37.034333.

  • The vehicles were struck next to the electricity pylon seen here.

    Imagery:
    Aleppo White Helmets

  • A victim is removed from the scene of the airstrike, also showing a dirt road and two buildings.

    Imagery:
    North Press

  • Witness video shows the road on which the vehicles were targeted. Note that feature D refers to the small road that turns onto the main highway.

    Imagery:
    North Press

  • Overhead imagery shows the features marked in the media from witnesses.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Satellite imagery showing the exact location of the airstrike.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Unknown Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Unknown

Russia reported that “In the course of the last week, November 26 – December 4, the Russian aircraft have performed 431 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase making pinpoint strikes on 1458 terrorist objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Deir ez-Zor and Raqqah provinces.”

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1–2 children2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (18) [ collapse]