Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS276

Incident date

December 14, 2015

Location

حي المرجة, Al Murja, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1867279, 37.1785927 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between five and seven civilians including one woman and one child were killed – and many injured – in airstrikes on the Al Murja neighbourhood in Aleppo – though reports were conflicted as to whether the attack was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.

The Shaam News Network reported that Russian warplanes using cluster bombs were responsible, leading to the death of seven people.

SNN noted: “Russian jets have raided Marjah district using rockets containing cluster bombs that are internationally prohibited,” and led to the  fall of seven martyrs and  many  wounded.

They stated that the White Helmets were still removing un-exploded bombs, adding that cluster bombs were forbidden internationally, explaining that they  “explode before they reach the earth’s surface and containing hundreds of bomblets spread over a wide area after the explosion, it is possible that the number of these bombs settle on the surface of the ground without exploding, becoming a threat [that] may remain for decades.

But the Syrian Network for Human Rights, who put the death toll at three including one woman and open child, blamed missiles from regime warplanes.

The VDC also listed two Unidentified males.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Hamdo Sheikh al-Jebb Adult male named by the VDC killed
  • Ibraheem Arbash Adult male named by the VDC killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (1 child1 woman4 men)
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

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 is not known to have publicly released any information relating to its airstrikes in Syria between December 9th and December 14th 2015.

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
    5 – 7
  • (1 child1 woman4 men)
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]