Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS237

Incident date

December 7, 2015

Location

كفر حمرة, Kafr Hamra, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.252649, 37.079115 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Up to 12 civilians including three children and one woman were reported killed and nine to 24 wounded in airstrikes on Kafr Hamra, according to multiple sources. According to Shahed Ayan there were two strikes, with both killing civilians.

It remains unclear who was responsible for the raid, with conflicting reports. Some claimed the regime was responsible, others that Russian warplanes targeted the area, or could not positively attribute responsibility.

Shaam News Network reported that Russian warplanes claimed the lives of 10 non-combatants and injured dozens more. The network posted an image of three siblings who died in the event. According to SNN: “The neighborhoods and cities and towns of Aleppo and its countryside have had rotten and terrifying days, where Russian aircraft haven’t left the skies, they were seen flying in swarms, ahead of launching hundreds of raids on various areas of the province, especially on the southern and northern countryside.”

Seven victims were named by the Violations Documentation Center, who along with the Media Office for Kafr Humra and Shaam News also stated that the civilians died as a result of Russian strikes on the city.

A number of videos and images were posted by the White Helmets who worked to remove bodies from the rubble and posted several videos showing bodies being salvaged, including an image of a child around 5 months old being removed from the ruins. They reported that seven non-combatants died and 15 others were wounded 15 others, but did not attribute responsibility.

Media activist Ibrahim Omar posted a video depicting the aftermath of the alleged attack, including images of dead bodies and injured adults and children but only stated that Kafr Humra was “targeted by highly explosive missiles“, not who was fired them.

In contrast the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the attack, which it said killed seven civilians including one woman, was allegedly by regime warplanes who fired missiles near a mosque “causing a massacre” and “severely damaging it”.

The seven victims named by the Violations Documentation Centre.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Abdulla Ramadan Adult male killed
  • Hamdo Ramadan Adult male killed
  • Raed Ramadan Adult male killed
  • Aamer Ramadan  Adult male killed

Family members (2)

  • Mohammad Salem al-Mahmoud Adult male killed
  • Mohammad Sami al-Mahmoud Adult male killed

Family members (3)

  • Abdul Jaleel Child Siblings were named by the Syrian Network for Human Rights. killed
  • Hala Child Siblings were named by the Syrian Network for Human Rights. killed
  • Yasser Yasser Al Mahmoud Child Siblings were named by the Syrian Network for Human Rights. killed
  • Hasan Ahmad al-Khateeb Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 12
  • (3 children1 woman7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Three siblings allegedly killed in the Russian strike on Kafr Hamra, December 7th 2015. (via SNN)
  • Scenes of injured children. (via, Ibrahim Omar)
  • The moment the missiles fell down on Kafr Hamra. (via, Media Office of Kafr Hamra)
  • The scale of the destruction to the local infrastructure following missiles which rained down on Kafr Hamra. (via, Media Office in Kafra Hamra)

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 published no known record of its strikes in Syria between December 4th-8th.

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
    10 – 12
  • (3 children1 woman7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]