Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS378

Incident date

January 12, 2016

Location

معرسة الخان, Ma’arasta Al Khan, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.38032, 37.0744 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

At least 10 civilians including three women and two children were killed and ten to 12 wounded in alleged Russian airstrikes on Ma’aratsa Al Khan, according to multiple sources. The targets appear to have included a civilian bus.

The Shaam News Network reported that “Russian aircraft committed a massacre in the town of Ma’arasta Al Khan west of the two Shi’ite villages“, claiming 13 lives and wounding more than a dozen.

The White Helmets put the death toll at 10, with 12 others wounded, but did not say who the “warplanes” that carried out the two raids belonged to.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights produced three reports.The first blamed the Assad regime and said 10 civilians including three women were killed.

However, subsequent reports said Russian warplanes were responsible for shelling the road that leads to the town of Hayyan, next to “the Great Mosque in Ma’ar Setat Al Khan town in northern Aleppo suburbs that is under the control of armed opposition.” It put the death toll at 12 civilians including two children and two women, adding that almost 12 others were injured.

Orient TV interviewed a survivor who placed the death toll as high as 22: “We don’t understand why we are being targeted; the front line is over there, why are we civilians being targeted? Not a single military person is here, yet more than 5 women and 7 or 8 children and 10 men waiting to collect bread were killed.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10 – 22
  • (2 children3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–12
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (20) [ collapse]

  • Members of the White Helmets rescue victims of an airstrike by "warplanes" on Ma'arasta Al Khan, January 12th 2016. (via, The White Helmets)
  • Interviews discussing the airstrike in Ma'arasta Al Khan which killed between 10 and 22 civilians. (via, Al Jazeera)
  • White Helmets who attempt to clear the rubble of a civilian home which was destroyed by an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • White Helmets clearing the rubble, possibly in an attempt to rescue a trapped civilian, 12th January 2016. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Chaos in Ma'arasta Al Khan as civilians and White Helmets attempt to clear the rubble in the aftermath of an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • A car damaged in the raids. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Another photograph showing the extent of damage to the residential homes in Ma'arasta Al Khan. (via Radio Al Kul)
  • A damaged van from the alleged raid on Ma'arasta Al Khan. In the background an Ambulance can be seen. (via. Radio Al Kul)
  • Another car damaged in the raids. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • A photograph showing the extent of the damage to the inside of a Mosque in Ma'arasta Al Khan. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Another image showing the extent of the internal damage to the Mosque in the aftermath of the incident. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Another image showing the extent of the internal damage to the Mosque in the aftermath of the incident. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Damage to the infrastructure of the Mosque following an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on 12th January 2016. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Part of a shop or market which was damaged in the alleged airstrikes. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Damage to the infrastructure of the Mosque following an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid on 12th January 2016. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • A civilian casualty is carried from the scene where the alleged Russian and Syrian Regime airstrike hit. (via Radio Al Kul)
  • Valuable items are transported form the Mosque in order to protect them from the rubble. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • An injured civilian is rescued from the rubble. (via, Radio Al Kul)
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    An injured civilian is rescued from the rubble by the White Helmets. (via, Radio Al Kul)
  • Damage to the infrastructure of civilian homes. (via, Radio Al Kul)

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 not reported any strikes between 11-15 January.

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 – 22
  • (2 children3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–12
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]