Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS4417

Incident date

February 6, 2020

Location

عندان, Andan, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to one civilian was reported injured after alleged Russian and/or Syrian airstrikes or artillery shelling on the city of Andan in the northern countryside of Aleppo on February 6, 2020.

Regarding civilian harm, Smart News reported that according to Civil Defence journalist Hamzah al-Youssef “(…) a civilian was injured as a result of an artillery shelling that targeted the city of Andan (…)”. Bawaba Aleppo also said that one civilian sustained injuries during the attack. However, the Syrian Violence Documentation Center stated that raids with missiles from Russian warplanes and with barrel bombs of the Syrian government forces’ helicopters targeted multiple cities, including andan on Thursday, February 6, 2020 without any injuries. Similarly, Jisr TV reported that the air raids of Russian and Regime forces on Andan only resulted in material losses.

Many sources mentioned damage to civilian objects. SCD Aleppo reported that “artillery bombardments by the regime forces on Andan [caused] extensive damage and destruction to residential houses and the medical point in the city.” Similarly, @HalabTodayTV said that “Andan Health Center is out of service after being subjected to artillery shelling by the regime forces.” This was also reported by Baladi News Network. The Syrian Network for Human Rights stated that the Regime fired an artillery shell near Anadan High School in Anadan city, partially damaging its building and furniture.

Sources were conflicted as to who was responsible for the strike with Anadolu Agency attributing the attack to Russia, while SNHR and SCD Aleppo referred to Regime forces as having carried out the strike. Bawaba Aleppo initially quoted Smart News saying that Regime forces stationed in the suburb of Al-Zahraa Association west of Aleppo carried out artillery strikes on Andan, though they later reported that Russia had launched the airstrikes on Andan. VDC Syria claimed that both Russian warplanes and Regime helicopters with barrel bombs attacked the city of Andan, however they consolidated the incident into a larger report of strikes across various cities and towns.

The incident allegedly took place on Thursday morning. The exact local time of the incident is unknown.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by Syrian regime or Russian forces shelling on Andan in Aleppo on Feb 6th, 2020 (via SCD)
  • Destruction to Andadn school in Aleppo caused by Syrian regime or Russian forces shelling on Andan in Aleppo on Feb 6th, 2020 (via SCD)
  • Destruction to residential areas in Andan, Aleppo caused by Syrian regime or Russian forces shelling on Feb 6th, 2020 (via SCD)
  • Destruction to residential areas in Andan, Aleppo caused by Syrian regime or Russian forces shelling on Feb 6th, 2020 (via SCD)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (12) [ collapse]