Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS399

Incident date

January 16, 2016

Location

حيان, Hayyan, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.32417, 37.05886 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were reported killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on Hayyan, according to the Shaam News Network.

SNN said that 10 civilians were killed in airstrikes on the cities and towns of the northern countryside of Aleppo since Saturday morning: four in Ma’arsta al-Khan, two in Hayyan, two in Tal Rifaat and two in Tamoura, in addition to dozens wounded.

The White Helmets published a video showing their teams rescuing victims “after Russian raids“, but did not provide any further information.

Alburaq Media Institution also posted a video showing the aftermath of what they said was a Russian strike. Testimony on camera says: “The Russian warplanes targeted the town of Hayyan which resulted in two deaths, a man and a woman, and as you can see here the targets were civilian homes, there is no presence of Daesh or FSA here, only civilians.”

Aleppo Media Centre and Tel Rifaat@Reefhalab also alleged that Russia was responsible.

These victims were also named by Mare’e Media Office and @abualghorabaa, though neither source said who was responsible for the “shelling“.

They were also named by Damascus Center for Human Rights, but they said that they were killed by “indiscriminate shelling of the Russian airline“.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
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    Footage of the aftermath of the incident showing the devastation to the local infrastructure and a civilian causality. (via, The White Helmets)
  • An interview with a local civilian talking about the alleged Russian raid on Hayyan. (via, Al Burqa Media Institution)
  • More footage showing the damage to the infrastructure and civilian homes. (via, Aleppo Media Centre)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

In its report for military actions on January 19 2016, the Kremlin reports carrying out strikes in Aleppo governorate: “In the course of the last four days, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 157 combat sorties engaging 579 objects of terrorists’ infrastructure in the provinces of Aleppo, Raqqah, Latakia, Homs, Hama and Deir ez-Zor.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Armed Forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]