Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS553

Incident date

February 5, 2016

Location

الصاخور, Al Sakhour (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2179122, 37.1892357 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Between six and ten civilians including four children and two women were killed – and up to 18 others injured –  in alleged Russian airstrikes on Sakhour according to local sources.

Shaam News Network said eight civilians were killed “as a result of Russian aggression targeting the mosque in the neighborhood after Alsakhur as worshipers were leaving Friday prayer.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, five non-combatants died including two children – and “many others” were injured – in a bombardment by Russian warplanes.

In an initial report, the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed regime warplanes, putting the death toll at six. However, in a later report it alleged that “Russian warplanes launched  missiles next to Al Khayrat mosque in Al Sakhour neighborhood that is under the control of armed opposition“, putting the number killed at eight including two children and 18 others wounded.

Shaam News Network published a video showing the aftermath of what it said was a strike with a vacuum missile, though they did not say who was responsible. It put the death toll at 10 including four children and two women.

Other sources also said ten were killed and blamed Russia, while Halab Today said eight civilians were killed and injured while leaving a mosque, but did not name the culprit.

Five unidentified males (two of them children) were listed by the Violations Documentation Center:

Unidentified 1 – adult, male

Unidentified 2 – adult, male

Unidentified 3 – adult, male

Unidentified 4 – child, male

Unidentified 5 – child, male

Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies named five victims as being killed by a Russian strike.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Hassan Mahmoud Najjar Adult male Named by by citizen journalist Abu Muhamad El Najjar killed
  • Faisal Shalash Adult male Named by Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies killed
  • Abdel-Qader Tijan Adult male Named by Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies killed
  • Bakkor Tijan Adult male Named by Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies killed
  • Abdullah Hijo Child male Named by Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies killed
  • Mohammed Yahya Kablawi Child male Named by Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 10
  • (2–4 children2 women3–4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–18
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of an alleged Russian strike on Sakhour, Feb 5th (via SO4HR)
  • Image of Hassan Mahmoud Najjar (Twitter account deleted)
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    Image of one of the supposed victims (via Damascus Center of Human Rights Studies)
  • Syrian Observatory for Human Rights shows the aftermath of the attack

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

From February 4th – February 11th, Russia reported: “In the course of the last week, February 4-11, aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 510 combat sorties engaging 1,888 terrorists’ objects in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Deir ez-Zor, Daraa, Homs, Hasakah and Raqqah.” It added: “Two powerful field commanders were liquidated in the Aleppo province.In the suburbs of Kalaz-Tahtani, a large illegal armed group with its commander, “Abu Maher” (“Farid Al-Misri”) was eliminated by an airstrike.The field commander “Abu Anas Al-Sham” from the Jaysh al-Sham terrorist group was liquidated in the territory of the same province.” It also said that “Russian aviation eliminated open ISIS oil storages in the Aleppo province.“

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 10
  • (2–4 children2 women3–4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–18
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]