Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS951

Incident date

June 28, 2016

Location

ياقد العدس, Yaqid al Adas, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.2645222, 37.0187463 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Local media reported an incident in the town of Yaked al-Abas near Aleppo, that led to the death of up to 13 civilians, including four members of the The White Helmets. Sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime were to blame.

Aleppo White Helmets reported, “the news of the martyrdom of four of the Civil Defense Volunteers from the Maarat arteeq centre after they were targeted by warplanes in the town Yaked al Adas while carrying out their humanitarian duty to put out the fires that broke out in the town”.

A range of local media, such as Syrian News Network, Syrian Network for Human Rights (SN4HR), Halab News, Syrian Press Center, Baladi News and Aleppo White Helmets also reported the death of four members of the White Helmets.

The White Helmets and the Syrian Network for Human Rights attributed the incident to the Syrian regime, while LCCSY, Smart News Agency, Baladi News, @HNMNEWS tweet, @Mamoun_sy tweet, All4Syria, StepAgency News and al-Araby blamed Russia.

The Twitter account @HNMNEWS also reported the use of cluster bombs.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ahmed Mukhtar 26 years old male Member of Civil Defense center in Ma’aret Al Arteeq in Aleppo governorate killed
  • Yasser Abdel Rahman Tamim 30 years old male Driver of Civil Defense center’s ambulance in Ma’aret Al Arteeq in Aleppo governorate killed
  • Mohamed Abdulaziz  El Hadj Omar 22 years old male Member of Civil Defense center in Ma’aret Al Arteeq in Aleppo governorate killed
  • Mustafa Zahi Abdul Kader 24 years old male Member of Civil Defense center in Ma’aret Al Arteeq in Aleppo governorate killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 13
  • (4 men)
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • The aftermath of strikes on Yaqid al Adas, June 28th (via Syrianpc)
  • The four White Helmets, alleged killed in Russian airstrikes on Yaked-al-Abas (Tweet by @Mamoun_sy)
  • The White Helmets conducted a funeral and buried the dead following alleged Russian attacks on Yaked-al-Abas (Youtube by The White Helmets)
  • Yasser Abdul Raheem Tamim, born in 1985, from Ma’aret Al Arteeq town, driver of Civil Defense center’s ambulance in Ma’aret Al Arteeq in Aleppo (via SN4HR) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • Mohammad Abdul Aziz Haj Omar, born in 1994, from Ma’aret Al Arteeq town, member Civil Defense center in Ma’aret Al Arteeq. Died following alleged airstrikes, the source attributed blame to the Syrian Regime. (via SN4HR)
  • Ahmad Sha’aban Haj Omar, born in 1990, from Ma’aret Al Arteeq town, member of the Civil Defense center in Ma’aret Al Arteeq. Died following alleged airstrikes, the source blamed the Syrian Regime (via SN4HR)
  • Mustafa Zahi Abdul Qader, born in 1992, from Ma’aret Al Arteeq town, member of the Civil Defense center in Ma’aret Al Arteeq. Died following alleged airstrikes, SN4HR blamed the Regime (via SN4HR)
  • The White Helmets search through the rubble following alleged airstrikes on Yaked al Abas (via Eldorar)
  • The White Helmets work to extinguish fire allegedly caused by "warplanes" (via arabsToday)
  • According to Alaraby, vacuum missiles, allegedly launched by Russian warplanes, resulted in the death of four White Helmet members, when they tried to extinguish the blaze (via Alaraby)

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
    4 – 13
  • (4 men)
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]