Between eight and 18 civilians died and dozens more were injured when strikes hit the Al Shia’ar neighborhood in Aleppo, including Al Bayan hospital – with doctors, patients and members of the White Helmets among the casualties. The incident looks to have been carried out by the Syrian regime – with the majority of the sources blaming barrel bombs – but some other reports alleged that Russia was responsible.
The title of a video posted by LLC media said that Russia was to blame.
LCCSY initially reported that “warplanes” had carried out strikes on Al Bayan hospital, though they didn’t identify the planes.
However, in a second report LCCSY said that Russian warplanes were responsible for strikes on the Al Shia’ar neighborhood and published a number of images showing the aftermath.
A further report did not say who was to blame, but that “warplanes and helicopters targeted the street of Bayan Hospital in Shaar street in Aleppo with more than 8 barrel bombs in addition to airstrikes“, killing eight civilians and wounding others.
A later report by SNN blamed the regime again, this time putting the death toll as high as 15 with “scores more” wounded including children, women and members of the White Helmets.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights didn’t say who carried out the attack, but like SN4HR blamed helicopters and put the death toll at ten.
In a report on hospitals hit in an Aleppo strike, the BBC said: “One of the strikes hit near the Bayan hospital in the eastern Shaar district, activists and a monitoring group said.
Video footage, purportedly of the aftermath, showed bodies being pulled from burning and destroyed buildings.
It was not clear who was responsible, but government forces are seeking to regain control of the divided city.”
It was cited in the White Helmets report that the hospital was hit by two barrel bombs.
A number of other sources published video footage showing destruction to the hospital and neighborhood but didn’t identify who was responsible.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Russian Armed Forces Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any strikes between June 1st – 31st 2016.