Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS419

Incident date

January 19, 2016

Location

البوليل, Al Bulial Rouwaida neighbourhood, Deir ez-Zor, Syria

Geolocation

35.192087, 40.379369 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between seven and 20 civilians including two children were killed, and more than 25 others injured, in an alleged Russian airstrike on the Rouwaida neighbourhood in Al Buliyal, according to multiple sources.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights put the death toll at seven including two children, killed by shelling from “alleged Russian warplanes“.

Al Jazeera reported sources that said there were dead and wounded as a result of a Russian strike on Al Buliyal.

The report referenced a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, Igor Konashenkov, “who said the strikes killed more than 60 ‘terrorists’ in Deir al-Zour, adding that the Russian air force dropped by parachute food and other shipments in the city of Deir ez-Zor beleaguered areas besieged by DAESH“.

The Shaam News Network also reported that Russia was responsible: “Activists said the Russian Aviation committed a horrible massacre today against dozens of civilians in the village of Albulayl in the eastern province of Deir el Zour, after several strikes with cluster bombs targeted the houses in the ALBUHLAL neighbourhood of the town centre Albohilal“.

Al A’an TV attributed the incident to Russia and said that “about 18” non-combatants died.

But Al Jazira put the death toll as high as 20, including children and also blamed Russia.

They added that Russia had allegedly dropped cluster bombs on residential buildings an “a mosque in Albouhilal and Alajabilh neighbourhoods in the village of Albulial.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (2)

  • Hannoush Aafat named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Dangerous injuries‘ injured
  • Ahmed Alhnoh Aafat named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Dangerous injuries‘ injured

Family members (4)

  • Rashid al-Hayes Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Ahmed al-Hayes Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Hassan al-Hayes Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Rushdie Hayes Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Son of Abo Mohammad al-Asaf Child male killed
  • Unidentified 1 Adult male killed
  • Unidentified 2 Adult male killed
  • Unidentified 3 Adult male killed
  • Ghassan Mohammad Hmoud al-Affat Adult male killed
  • Mezel al-Shaman Adult male killed
  • Mhaidi Saleh al-Hasan al-Shuhaili Adult male killed
  • daughter of Ahmad Saleh al-Mahal Child female killed
  • Khalil Aljadou’a Age unknown named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Dangerous injuries‘ injured
  • Daughter of  Ahmed elMahal. Child female named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Dangerous injuries‘ injured
  • Osman Hassan Age unknown male named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Dangerous injuries‘ injured
  • Khalil Aljadou’a Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Mohammed Hassan Child male named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Son of Ali Hassan Child male named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Hamid Hussein Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • "Children" of Eid alJalloud Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured
  • Mohamed Salah Khalif Child named by Free Syria TV as having ‘Medium injuries’ injured

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 20
  • (2 children8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Mohammad Ibraheem Mhaimed al-Mansour, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 19th January 2016. (via, VDC)
  • Hsain Ibraheem Mhaimed al-Mansour, killed in an alleged Russian airstrike on 19th January 2016. (via, VDC)

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 Deir ez-Zor 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.” It added: “Near al-Baghiliyah (Deir ez-Zor province), where the ISIS militants performed a massive execution of about 300 civilians in order to frighten citizens a day ago, a Russian Su-34 bomber made a strike on terrorists’ strong points. Direct hits caused elimination of 3 heavy vehicles with ZU-23 systems, 2 off-roaders with heavy weapons and more than 60 terrorists.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 20
  • (2 children8 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]