Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS663

Incident date

February 24, 2016

Location

الأتارب, Al Atarib, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.136728, 36.829274 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between three and nine civilians including up to three children were killed in airstrikes on Al Atarib, according to local sources, though reports are conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.

Shaam News Network reported that Russia warplanes targeted civilian homes  “in the vicinity of the city of Atareb’s bakery causing the fall of three martyrs and more than ten injured in an initial count.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that Russia was responsible and that raids “killed 4 civilians including a child and wounded others.”

An Al Jazeera correspondent, Amir Al A’bbad, said that “the Russian raids targeted the wood mill and a car wash.” He added that the dead included three brothers. A subsequent report by Al Jazeera put the death toll as high as nine, including three children and two women. Most other sources, including Orient, Syria Nabd and Al Buraq also said that Russia was responsible.

However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the regime. It also put the death toll at four, with dozens more injured – though their report is dated February 23rd, so there’s the possibility that this could be a separate incident.

The White Helmets also reported on the attack, but did not say who the “warplanes” belonged to.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 9
  • (1–3 children2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (43) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • The White Helmets attend the scene of a raid on Al Atarib, Febuary 24th 2016. (via White Helmets)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

Russia has published no known record of strikes in Syria from February 17th – February 29th.

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 9
  • (1–3 children2 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–24
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (43) [ collapse]