Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS984

Incident date

July 10, 2016

Location

إبين, Abeen, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.0878523, 36.7598389 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

In a major civilian casualty event, 20 named civilians – mostly women and children – died and up to 30 more were wounded in airstrikes on Abeen village, according to local media – though sources were conflicted as to whether Russia or the Syrian regime carried out the attacks.

Syrian Press Centre, Al Jazeera, Smart News, other local news sources and residents of the town, reported sighting Russian warplanes.

But Ara News blamed the Syrian regime, claiming that it “targeted and shelled” civilians housing. Baladi News also pointed to Assad warplanes.

There was some conflicted reporting from Shaam News Network. The source initially attributed the incident to the regime, but in a subsequent report claimed the “Russian Airline carried out four successive raids, with rocket stereochemistry on the small village [Abeen Smam’an], targeting residential houses and causing a large massacre of its inhabitants.”

The majority of those killed were children. There is considerable photographic evidence of this claim. Furthermore, these numbers do not include the four civilians that Shaam Network reported were still missing on the 11th of July.

Ara News placed the number of wounded at 20, however it also reported this was the initial toll. A local news source, Madar Daily, put the number of injured much higher at 30. It added that  “it is worth mentioning that this village doesn’t have any armed opposition as it’s far from the front line and most people are displaced from Aleppo and its countryside.”

On the 11th of July, the day after the attack, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that many people were still trapped under the rubble and the Civil Defence were working to rescue them.

According to the Shaam News Network, Abeen Smam’an was not the only neighbourhood to be struck. It claimed that cluster bombs struck camps for displaced people in Brive Kfrckrman in Western Aleppo.

Halab News Network reported that the overall death toll in Aleppo on the 10th of July was 75. LCCSY placed this much higher at 104 in Aleppo, 142 overall in Syria.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Jamal Barro 5 years old killed
  • Hanan Barro 4 years old killed
  • Maria Hamdo Baro 8 years old killed
  • Ibrahim Hamdo Baro 5 years old killed
  • Abdallah Hamdo Baro 12 years old killed
  • Wife of Hamdo Baro Adult female killed

Family members (3)

  • Abd al Rahman Ahmad Shahoud 6 years old killed
  • Alaa Mohammad Shahhoud 8 years old male killed
  • Bayan Mohammad Shahhoud 5 years old killed

Family members (2)

  • Samir Abdo Bakri 6 years old killed
  • Hanan Abdo Bakri 3 years old killed

Family members (2)

  • Fatima Ali Massoud 50 years old female killed
  • Ali Juma’a Massoud 20 years old killed
  • Riyad Abdallah Kaddour 16 years old killed
  • Jamal Abdo Riyadh 2 years old killed
  • Riyadh Jamal Ghader 12 years old killed
  • Abd al Salam Mohammad Amin 36 years old male killed
  • Jamal Abdo Jamal Ghader 2 years old killed
  • Ali Juma’a Masoud 2 years old killed
  • Hafida Adel Hamidi 2 years old killed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20 – 24
  • (16–18 children1–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–30
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Media
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  • A resident of Abeen Village crying out amongst the rubble caused by Russian and Assad regime shelling. 10th July 2016. (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
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    Locals helping the Civil Defence to rescue the dead and injured from the rubble following Russian and Assad regime raids on Abeen Village. 10th July 2016. (via. Al-Sharq).
  • The White Helmets provide aid at the village of Abeeen in western Aleppo (Youtube by mohamed kader)
  • Large scale material destruction in the village of Abeen after alleged Russian warplanes attack (Youtube by Ali Qasum)
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    A civilian child killed in alleged Russian attacks (via syrianpc)
  • Civilian homes demolished in Abeen, the source suspected the Syrian Regime responsible (via Ara news)
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    A distressing image of two dead children, suspected killed by Russian warplanes in Abeen (via Jisrtv)
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    Three dead civilian children, victims of suspected Russian warplanes (via Syriahr)
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    Two small children killed during suspected "Regime warplane" attacks on Abeen (Tweet by @taha_alho)
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    Photos of civilian children, maimed and killed in Abeen after warplanes allegedly struck the village (Tweet by @syahmad2012)
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    A significant wound on the leg of a civilian child, struck by suspected warplanes whilst roller-skating (Tweet by @syahmad2012)
  • A street turned to rubble, the result of alleged warplane attacks on Abeen (via Baladi)
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    Civilian children killed in suspected airstrikes on Abeen (via Aletihadpress)
  • A street in Abeen, demolished after suspected Russian warplane shelling (via Step)
  • The White Helmets use a JCB to uncover rubble in Abeen following alleged Russian attacks (via Alkhalijonline)
  • Destruction in Abeen following alleged Russian airstrikes (via Aleppo White Helmets) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • The civil defense team at the scene in Abeen (via Aleppo White Helmets) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • A demolished street in Abeen, the aftermath of suspected Russian strikes (via Aleppo White Helmets) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • The White Helmet rescue mission at the village of Abeen (via Aleppo White Helmets) [Page no longer available - accessed via Airwars archive]
  • Footage of Abeen after alleged Russian strikes on the village (Video via Syrian Revolution Facebook)
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    A doctor in Abeen holds two dead civilian children in his arms, killed in suspected Russian warplane shelling (via Syrian Revolution)

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Unknown

Russia has not reported any strikes between July 1st – 14th 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
    20 – 24
  • (16–18 children1–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–30
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Unknown, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (33) [ collapse]