Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS672

Incident date

February 25, 2016

Location

قبتان الجبل, Qabtan al Jabal, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2642414, 36.9490814 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that up to 13 civilians, including an entire family of eight, died in an alleged Russian airstrike on Qabtan al Jabal, with some reports saying that a school was struck. While most sources blamed Russia, others also pointed to the involvement of regime artillery.

The Shaam News Network said that eight civilians died and several others were wounded when Russian planes targeted Qabtan al Jabal with “several raids“. A later report from SNN said that eight died from the same family.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed Russia, again putting the death toll at eight.

This was backed up by a report by the (pro-Jihadi) media activist, Mayssar al Hadid al Hamwi, who said: “An entire family made up of the mother, father and children totaling 8 killed in the Russian pig warplanes that targeted Qabtan al jabal in the northern Aleppo countryside“. The majority of other sources also blamed Russia, though death counts varied.

Syrian Press Center said: “It is noteworthy that Russian Aviation committed a Friday night massacre of a family of eight people and wounded seven others in an air raid on the town of Qabtan al Jabal.”

Al Souria put the death toll as high as 13, while the White Helmets reported two deaths but did not say who the warplanes belonged to.

However, other sources also pointed to regime involvement. Taha_Alhelo referred to “regime artillery shelling”, while LCCSY said regime forces targeted the White Helmets while they attempted to rescue people from a Russian airstrike on the town. According to Akbar Alan news, the family of eight – of which three were children – died in regime shelling which “was accompanied by Russian warplane raids.”

Five victims (killed by alleged Russian shelling) were named by the Violations Documentation Center as including one unidentified female.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 13
  • (2–3 children2–3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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 (54) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Very graphic footage showing between 5 and 10 dead civilians (possibly from the same family) still on the streets following an alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raid. (via, Kubtan Al Jabal Media Center)
  • The aftermath of the alleged raid on 25th February 2016. (via, Kubtan Al Jabal Media Center)
  • Image showing the extent of the destruction in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raids. (via SOHR)
  • Image showing the extent of the destruction in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raids. (via SOHR)
  • Image showing the extent of the destruction in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raids. (via SOHR)
  • Image showing the extent of the destruction in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raids. (via SOHR)
  • Image showing the extent of the destruction in the aftermath of the alleged Russian and Syrian Regime raids. (via SOHR)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Two children killed in the alleged Russian and Syrian Regine raid. via, Mayssar al Hadid al Hamwi - researchers believe this is a pro jihadi post but have included regardless due to the valuable images.

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 – 13
  • (2–3 children2–3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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 (54) [ collapse]