Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS782

Incident date

April 29, 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

Between three and seven civilians including two children died in raids on Bustan al Qasr, according to local sources. All sources but one blamed the regime – though Shaam News Network mentioned Russian and regime warplanes.

In a video issued by Shaam News Network a White Helmet member says that “there were four barrels thrown on Bustan Al-Qaser in the last hour. There are five martyrs and 10 injured somewhere else. And in another place [there are] 10 injured, and in a third one 10 injured, and here there are many injured and they are looking for a missing boy and found him. The White Helmets crew is ready to do their duties.”

In another video, Hadi Al-Abdullah explains that “it is a very difficult place to rescue the injured, because they are open to the regime sniper. There are regime helicopters and warplanes all over the sky.” Hadi’s video also captured barrel throwing on civilians as it happened.

World Akhbar news reports that “six people were killed and others injured on Friday evening due to aerial bombing by the Syrian regime that targeted Bustan Al-Qaser neighborhood, in the city of Aleppo, with explosive barrels. Syrian activists said the shelling caused the complete destruction of “Bustan Al-Qaser medical point” in the center of Aleppo.”

An Al Jazeera reporter, Montaser Abu-Nabut, stated that 7 people were killed and tens were injured including women and children in raids by Syrian and Russian warplanes on Bustan Al-Qaser, Al-Helluk, Bab Al-Neirab, Al-Kallaseh, Al-Tarrab, and A’ziza neighbours.

Rm_hamada tweeted an image of a girl along with the following text: “#Hala is a little girl from Aleppo, crying over her mom’s body after being hit with a barrel [that was] thrown on their flat in Bustan Al-Qaser.”

Alkalimah_online also reported the incident in a tweet, saying that according to Syrian activists “Bustan Al_Qaser medical point was completely destroyed by explosive barrels.” In a report, Abarah Press reported that the death toll had risen to 25 people and dozens were wounded in a “rocket bombardment on Bustan Al-Qaser neighborhood and Kallaseh neighbourhood”.

The White Helmets said that three civilians were killed by regime barrel bombs, while the Syrian Network  also blamed the regime and said of three victims two were children.

According to the Syrian Observatory, all of the strikes in the previous eight days were carried out by the regime. They said that “about 226 civilians including over 50 women and children [were] killed in 8 days of heavy bombardment on Aleppo city“.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 7
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • Video showing the immediate aftermath of the strikes targeting Bustan al-Qasr, where there reportedly are regime helicopters and warplanes in the sky (via Hadi Al-Abdullah Youtube )
  • The aftermath of the contested strikes targeting Bustan al-Qasr, Aleppo (via Baladi News Network)
  • Aerial shelling of Bustan Al-Qasr, Aleppo (via Taha_alhelo tweet)
  • A little girl is crying over the death of her mother who was reportedly killed by barrel bombs (via Rm_hamad tweet)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes targeting Bustan al-Qasr (via SNN)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes targeting Bustan al-Qasr (via SNN)
  • Aftermath of the airstrikes targeting Bustan al-Qasr (via SNN)
  • Injured civilian in the aftermath of strikes targeting Aleppo, possibly in Bustan al-Qasr (via AMC)
  • Injured civilian in the aftermath of strikes targeting Aleppo, possibly in Bustan al-Qasr (via AMC)
  • Aftermath of strikes targeting Aleppo, possibly in Bustan al-Qasr (via AMC)

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
    3 – 7
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]