Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS887

Incident date

June 11, 2016

Location

أورم الكبرى, Urma al Kubra, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.1475457, 36.9448239 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between three and eight non-combatants including two children, a woman and a member of the White Helmets died and dozens more were injured in raids on Orm al Kubra, according to local sources – though reports were conflicted as to whether this was the work of Russia or the Syrian regime.

LCCSY reported that four civilians including two children and a woman died and others were wounded when Russian warplanes carried out several strikes on Orm al Kubra.

The Shaam News Network initially blamed the Assad regime for the deaths of seven civilians, including women and children, after their home was targeted.

However, in a subsequent report it appeared to change their position, saying that “Russian enemy planes” were responsible.

All4Syria said: “Field sources reported that Russian warplanes raided the town of Urma Al Kubra, killing eight civilians, including women and children, and injuring others, and destroyed three houses over the heads of their owners.”

Zaitoun News was among other sources blaming Russia and putting the death toll as high as eight with dozens more wounded.

However, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, a member of the White Helmets, died when regime helicopters dropped barrel bombs on the town.

Aranews also blamed the regime, putting the number killed at seven.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported a member of the White Helmets killed in an aerial bombardment but did not say who carried it out.

The White Helmets reported: “with the sound of dawn prayers warplanes carried out two raids on Greater Orme and the civil defence headed to the area to rescue the injured and pull out the victims from under the rubble. They pulled three martyrs from under the rubble and 3 others were rescued including women and children 11/6/2016.”

They also reported the death of “Yasser al Said Hussein and the injury of the volunteer Mohammad Fares Dib” in another raid while they were attempting to extinguish fires at the scene.

A further post said that Mohammad Fares Dib had lost his hand in this second strike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

  • Yasser Al Sayed Hussein Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 8
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Mohammad Faress Dib, a volunteer with the White Helmets, who lost his hand when the team was targeted in another strike while attempting to extinguish fires from a previous raid in Ormal Kubra, June 11th (via White Helmets)
  • "...with the sound of dawn prayers warplanes carried out two raids on Urma al Kubra and the civil defence headed to the area to rescue the injured and pull out the victims from under the rubble" (via Aleppo White Helmets)

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 – 8
  • (2 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (22) [ collapse]