Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS225

Incident date

December 4, 2015

Location

كقر بطنا, Kafr Batnah, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.513015, 36.374424 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to 16 non-combatants including 3 to 6 children were reported killed, and dozens injured, in an alleged Russian or Assad regime airstrike on Kafr Batnah according to reports by the Shaam News Network and others.

SNN said Russian warplanes launched rockets on the main square in the town. It added that the planes returned to carry out more strikes when paramedics arrived on the scene.

A graphic video posted by SNN shows a burning car, and a voice off camera said that there were six children in the vehicle.

While most sources blamed Russia, the VDC said the Assad regime was responsible for 15 deaths.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Firas Abdulhay Child male killed
  • From Abdulhay Family Child female killed
  • Mohammad Kheir Ashoush Adult male killed
  • Omar Ghuzlani Adult male killed
  • Muhi al-Dein Antar Adult male killed
  • Muhi al-Dein Makawi Adult male killed
  • Subhi Sadeih Adult male killed
  • Ahmad Balour Adult male killed
  • Abdulrahman Mando Adult male killed
  • Ahmad Saqan Adult male killed
  • Layla al-Aqad Adult female killed
  • Ola Haytham Darweish Child female killed
  • Mohammad Ali Tah Adult male killed
  • Rafiqah Dabaan Adult female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14 – 16
  • (3–6 children2 women9 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
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    A graphic video showing a burning car with children trapped inside. (via, SNN)
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    An injured child in a medical facility following a contested airstrike. (via, SNN)
  • Injured child following an airstrike in Kafr Batnah. (via, SNN)
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    Some victims of a contested airstrike. (via, SNN)
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    More victims of Kafr Batnah. (via, SNN)
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    A young boy injured after an airstrike on his neighbourhood. (via, SNN)
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    Child in a medial facility in Kafr Batnah. (via, SNN)
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    A victim. The image also shows the scale of damage to the local infrastructure. (via, SNN)
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    Victim still in the rubble of a destroyed building. (via, SNN)
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    More images documenting the destruction to the local infrastructure. (via, SNN)
  • A man carrying an injured child. (via, SNN)
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    Victims of the airstrikes on 4th December 2015. (via,SNN)
  • Local civilians carrying an injured child into an ambulance. (via, SNN)
  • A local market destroyed. (via, SNN)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

For November 26th-December 4th 2015, Russia reported carrying out 431 combat sorties, including strikes in Aleppo governorate.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14 – 16
  • (3–6 children2 women9 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]