Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS847

Incident date

June 4, 2016

Location

القاطرجي, Al Qaterji (Aleppo), Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1995518, 37.1815538 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to 30 civilians died in multiple airstrikes on Al Qaterji, according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were responisble.

Multiple reports by LCCSY attributed the incident to Russia, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights also blamed Moscow for firing missiles on “residential homes near a hardware warehouse”, killing 12 civilians.

However, other reports pointed to helicopters and “explosive barrels” though the culprits were not identified.

But a number of sources, including Orient news, directly blamed the Assad regime. According to Qasioun, “regime helicopters committed a massacre in Al-Qaterji killing ten people and wounding 15 more when they threw explosive barrels on residential buildings in the neighborhood.”

Al Jazeera blamed both Russia and regime for carrying out more than two dozen raids. Similarly, other sources  didn’t make it clear whether Russia or the regime was responsible.

Shaam News referred to “warplanes” and “barrel bombs” – but a later report mentioned “Assad regime raids”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 30
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–30
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • 'The correspondent of Aleppo Media Centre Bahaa al halabi with head wounds sustained while covering the raids on al Qaterji neighbourhood in Aleppo' (via SNN)
  • A child is rescued from under the rubble in Al-Qaterji (Youtube via Qasioun News Agency)
  • "Helicopters committed a massacre caused death of more than 15 martyrs and a large number of injuries as a result of targeting Al Qaterji neighborhood of Aleppo, four explosive barrels" (via Syria-reporter)
  • A video of destruction at Al Qaterji (Youtube by The White Helmets)
  • "martyrs and wounded in al Qaterji and al Mayssar neighbourhoods in Aleppo following air raids and barrel bombs" (Video via SNN Facebook)
  • "the correspondent of Aleppo Media Centre Bahaa al halabi with head wounds sustained while covering the raids on al Qaterji neighbourhood in Aleppo" (via SNN Facebook)
  • The destruction of buildings in al Qaterji (via SNN Facebook)
  • The destruction of buildings in al Qaterji (via SNN Facebook)
  • The destruction of buildings in al Qaterji (via SNN Facebook)

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 not reported any strikes between June 1st – 31st 2016.

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 – 30
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–30
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]