Between six and 10 civilians were killed in alleged Russian airstrikes on Al Qaterji, according to local sources.
Shaam News Network reported that “swarms of Russian aircraft” continued to fly over the city of Aleppo and its surrounding countryside. Activists told SNN that Russian warplanes targeted several areas including the Al Qaterji neighborhood, where more than 10 people were killed and many more wounded – some of them still trapped under the rubble.
The White Helmets posted images showing the aftermath of a strike which they said led to the collapse of a five-storey building. They reported it had been carried out by a “warplane” using a vacuum missile, though did not say who the plane belonged to – addingthat a “little girl” had been rescued from under the rubble and that two families were still trapped.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights posted similar images, but like the White Helmets only referred to “warplanes”.
However, according to an initial report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, the Assad regime carried out the attacks. It put the death toll at five. But in a later report, SN4HR appeared to change position and attribute the incident to Russia: “alleged Russian warplanes shelled a residential building next to the Katerji roundabout in Aleppo which killed 6 individuals [photo of children’s bodies] including 4 children and a woman“.
The citizen journalist Bahaa Al-Halabi talked to the rescue team leader, who said that Russian warplanes dropped a vacuum bomb which destroyed a three storey building. He added that some of the people were saved but a family – a mother, father and their four children – was still under the rubble, and that he hoped they would be rescued while they were still alive.
Syrian Press Center also blamed Russia and out the death toll at ten, with dozens more wounded. It said two residential buildings were destroyed and that within the last few days Russian warplanes had launched hundreds of raids on Aleppo.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
From February 10th – February 16th, Russia reported: “On February 10-16, aircraft of the Russian aviation group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 444 combat sorties engaging 1593 terrorists’ objects in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor, Daraa, Homs, Hama, Latakia and Aleppo.”