Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS773

Incident date

April 28, 2016

Location

حي بستان القصر, Bustan al Qasr (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.19569, 37.14229 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to 20 civilians including four children died in airstrikes on Bustam al Qasr, according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Assad regime.

The White Helmets initially reported that “more than 20 martyrs and dozens wounded as well as an entire residential building destroyed when warplanes targeted homes in bustan al qasr with vacuum missiles“, though they did not say who was responsible.

However, a second report blamed the regime, and put the death toll at 12 with 30 wounded.

Reports by the Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed the regime.

But in a later report, SN4HR changed its position and blamed Russia, saying that of the nine killed four were children.

In a summary of Russian raids carried out on April 28th, LCCSY also said 12 had died.

Shaam News referred to both regime and Russian planes carrying out strikes in Aleppo in recent days, and did not specify which of these was responsible.

However, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights the regime was responsible for all incidents in Aleppo over the previous seven days. Al-qurum Media Institution also blamed the regime, and spoke of 12 killed and more than 30 injured.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Rawan Zakria Hamo 8 years old female killed
  • Zakria Ahmad Ibrahim Hamo 50 years old male killed
  • Othman Zakria Ahmad Ibrahim Hamo Child male killed
  • Rahaf Hayek 5 years old female killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 20
  • (4 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–30
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • A victim is removed from the rubble following a strike on Bustan al Qasr, April 28th (via SN4HR)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Child victim of one of the many airstrikes targeting Aleppo on April 28, including in Basten al-Qasr (via the White Helmets)
  • Civil defense workers trying to rescue civilians from under the rubble after one of the many airstrikes targeting Aleppo on April 28, including in Basten al-Qasr (via the White Helmets)
  • Civil defense workers trying to rescue civilians from under the rubble after one of the many airstrikes targeting Aleppo on April 28, including in Basten al-Qasr (via the White Helmets)
  • Civil defense workers trying to rescue civilians from under the rubble after one of the many airstrikes targeting Aleppo on April 28, including in Basten al-Qasr (via the White Helmets)
  • Civil defense workers trying to rescue civilians from under the rubble after one of the many airstrikes targeting Aleppo on April 28, including in Basten al-Qasr (via the White Helmets)
  • Civil defense workers trying to rescue civilians from under the rubble after one of the many airstrikes targeting Aleppo on April 28, including in Basten al-Qasr (via the White Helmets)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Footage of the aerial strikes and the aftermath as they targeted Basten al-Qasr (via HNN)

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Russian Armed Forces

The Kremlin has issued no public accounts of airstrikes in Syria from April 1st – 30th.

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
    9 – 20
  • (4 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–30
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]