Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS457

Incident date

January 24, 2016

Location

الباب, Al-Bab, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.371972, 37.51631 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between 13 and 19 civilians including 10 children and three women died in alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Bab, according to local sources.

Syrian News Desk reported that at least 19 civilians died and more than 30 were wounded when Russian warplanes fired “cluster rockets” on the city “to coincide with helicopter dumping barrel bombs“.

The source explained that most of the victims were killed in the bombing, which targeted a the place where the buses were positioned in the city center. This led to a number of vehicles being burnt out and those inside them dying.

Halab News Network also blamed Russia.

Al Souria said seven died and 20 were injured – most of them critically – in an aerial bombardment on a garage in Al Bab, though they did not say who was responsible.

According to Syrian Press Center, Russia conducted five raids on the city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported Russian strikes and casualties, but did not provide any further information.

The Violations Documentation Center named seven victims (killed in Russian shelling) as:

They also listed six unidentified victims:

Unidentified 1 – adult, female

Unidentified 2 – child, male

Unidentified 3 – child, male

Unidentified 4 – child, male

Unidentified 5 – child, male

Unidentified 6 – child, male

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 19
  • (10 children3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–30
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • The exact moment the airstrike hit Al Bab, 22nd January 2016. (via, Al Souria)

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 military report published on 25th January, the Kremlin said: “In the course of the last three days, January 22-24, aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic performed 169 combat sorties engaging 484 objects of terrorists’ infrastructure…crews of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers performed 18 combat sorties from the territory of the Russian Federation in order to engage manpower and hardware of the ISIS near Deir ez-Zor on January 22-24. Flight range reached more than 2,000 kilometers.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 19
  • (10 children3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–30
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]