Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4315

Incident date

January 18, 2020

Location

ريف المهندسين, Al Muhandiseen countryside, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported killed, and two children and two women were injured in alleged Russian airstrikes on Rif Al Muhandiseen in Aleppo’s western countryside, Syria at 11:14 am on January 18th, 2020. Macro Media Center reported that vacuum missiles were used in the attack.

Abdul Rahman Hilal Al-Halabi, aged 23, was killed in the attack, and his body was recovered by the Syrian Civil Defense volunteers from under the debris of his house. Justice Organization said that the victim was a student registered with the ‘Mustafa Koja High School’ in Aleppo countryside while the Syrian Network for Human Rights identified Mr Al-Halabi as a 23 year old medical student from the village of Ram Hamdan, north of Idlib.

Xber provided detailed information on the alleged attack: A well-informed source from the countryside of Aleppo told the “News 24” reporter that the warplanes targeted the Mohandessin I area in the southern countryside of Aleppo, today, Saturday, January 18, resulting in the killing of a civilian and the wounding of eight others, including gunmen from the “National Army.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported saying “Abdou Helal al Halabi, a college student at the faculty of Medicine, from Ram Hamdan village in the northern suburbs of Idlib governorate, aged 23, was killed as fixed- wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on countryside of  al Muhandiseen al Awwal area in the western suburbs of Aleppo governorate, on January 18th, 2020.”

The Syrian Civil Defense said that Abdu’s mother was also injured in this incident. A post from the Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo updated the casualties of the airstrikes on Rif Al Muhandeseen reporting that two children and two women also got injured. Local sources added that one of the wounded women included the mother of the deceased Mr Al-Halabi and a mother and her two children.

Sources blamed Russia for the airstrikes, including Justice Organization, Step Agency, SMART Agency and Macro Media Center.

Activists told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that Russian warplanes carried out 21 raids since morning on areas in the western countryside of Aleppo, targeting places in Kafr Naha, firs rural Al-Muhandiseen, Shamiko, Al-Zerbah, Al-Mansurah and Kafr Jum.

The majority of the sources attributed the strikes to Russia.

The incident occured at 11:14 am local time.

  • Abdul Rahman Hilal Al-Halabi 23 years old male college student at faculty of Medicine, from Ram Hamdan village killed
  • Mother of Abdul Rahman Hilal Al-Halabi Age unknown female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • SCD volunteers inspecting damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on Rif Al Muhandeseen Al Awal in Aleppo countryside, on January 18th 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers helping a child after alleged Russian airstrikes on Rif Al Muhandeseen Al Awal in Aleppo countryside, on January 18th 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers inspecting damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on Rif Al Muhandeseen Al Awal in Aleppo countryside, on January 18th 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers inspecting damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on Rif Al Muhandeseen Al Awal in Aleppo countryside, on January 18th 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • SCD volunteers inspecting damage after alleged Russian airstrikes on Rif Al Muhandeseen Al Awal in Aleppo countryside, on January 18th 2020 (via SCD Aleppo)
  • Strikes in the Al Muhandiseen countryside on January 18, 2020. (Image posted by @Rey7d)
  • White Helmets sort through the rubble following Strikes in the Al Muhandiseen countryside on January 18, 2020. (Image posted by @fawaz_jwaid)
  • Rubble following Strikes in the Al Muhandiseen countryside on January 18, 2020. (Image posted by @fawaz_jwaid)
  • An animal walks through the rubble from strikes in the Al Muhandiseen countryside on January 18, 2020. (Image posted by @fawaz_jwaid)
  • Strikes in the Al Muhandiseen countryside on January 18, 2020. (Image posted by @fawaz_jwaid)
  • Rubble following Strikes in the Al Muhandiseen countryside on January 18, 2020. (Image posted by @RaedAlSaleh3)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]