Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS458

Incident date

January 24, 2016

Location

تل رفعت, Tall Rif`at, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.472576, 37.096272 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Four civilians died and 12 were injured in alleged Russian airstrike on Tel Rifa’at, according local sources.

The Syrian Press Centre reported that Russia carried out four raids and that a young man was killed in addition to a number of other civilians being wounded.

The Violations Documentation Centre also alleged that this was a Russian raid.

According to Al Souria, three non-combatants died and 12 others were injured when “Russian fighter jets targeted residential localities in Tel Rifa’at“.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights briefly reported that “a young man was killed and others were wounded when warplanes carried out raids on areas in the town of Tall Rifaat,” but they did not say whether the planes were Russian or belonged to the Assad regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Qusai Mahmoud Hamdawi "Haj Dibo", killed in an alleged Russian raid on 24th January 2016. (via, VDC)
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    An injured civilian struggles to stay alive following an alleged Russian raid on Tall Rif'at. (via, Tall Refaat City)

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
    3
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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]