Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS999

Incident date

July 13, 2016

Location

أريحا, Ariha, Idlib, Syria

Geolocation

35.81374, 36.60964 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

A Russian “vacuum missile attack” allegedly caused huge destruction in the local market of Ariha. Residential housing was reportedly also been damaged as a result of the airstrike. Many of the reports differed in the numbers given, however, it is most likely that up to 22 civilians were killed. There was only one mention of the Syrian regime, and it was not confirmed.

Al Jazeera reported more than 20 civilians were killed by four Russian warplanes. They also alleged that many of the injured were in a critical condition. Al Jazeera later went on to report that the majority of those killed were women and children. A further report by the channel, however, pointed towards the regime.

Alarabia News claimed that they were unaware whether the raids were Russian or the Syrian regime. They also reported that 11 civilians were killed, and three of them were children.

Horya News said that 14 civilians were killed, and there were more than 20 wounded. Al Kawakbi for Human Rights reported that “activists confirmed” that Russian warplanes were responsible – and that the numbers of wounded were “unspecific”.

Shaam also placed the numbers of killed at over 20 civilians. A local news source placed the number at 22, as did Halab Today.

Jisirtv also blamed Russia for the airstrike, and described the incident as a “massacre”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Ahmad Rihana Age unknown injured
  • Shahid Rihana injured

Family members (2)

  • Mustafa Amjad Abras Age unknown injured
  • Wala’a Abras Age unknown injured
  • Arif Sweydani Age unknown killed
  • Mustafa Bizmwi Age unknown killed
  • Ratib Madi Age unknown killed
  • Walid Umari Age unknown killed
  • Abdulsalam Kaddad Age unknown male killed
  • Ahmad Kurabi Age unknown male killed
  • Kutaiba Bakir Age unknown killed
  • Zakaria Sha’ar Age unknown killed
  • Khaled Muhanad Trecy Age unknown killed
  • Abdul-Rauf Kaddah Age unknown male killed
  • Mahmod Saloh Age unknown male killed
  • Abdul-rauf Amiin Kaddah Age unknown killed
  • Immad Zakkaria Beik Age unknown killed
  • Haitham Zakkaria Beik Age unknown killed
  • Zakaria Ammar Beikr Age unknown killed
  • Khaled Fahed Trecy Age unknown killed
  • Aman Abdulall Age unknown reported missing
  • Abdulhadi Rajab Age unknown male injured
  • Majid Badawi Age unknown injured
  • Majd Summak Age unknown injured
  • Ghalib Bizmawi Age unknown injured
  • Nidal Al-Adel Age unknown injured
  • Najah Kurba Age unknown injured
  • Khayreya Shitat Age unknown injured
  • Eydo Bakir Age unknown injured
  • Hussein Natora Age unknown male injured
  • Ibtisam Zakaria Jatal Age unknown injured
  • Umar Shitat Age unknown male injured
  • Ammar Awad Age unknown injured
  • Ahmad Kattan Age unknown male injured
  • Mohammed Habboush Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    16 – 22
  • (3 children4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

  • The market place in Ariha, destroyed by a Russian airstrike. 13th July 2016. (via. khaledaboayman tweet).
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    A man injured due to the Russian airstrikes on Ariha marketplace. 13th July 2016. (via. Al Jazeera).
  • Footage of the civil defense rescue mission in Ariha following suspected Russian vacuum missiles (Youtube by The White Helmets)
  • The Aljazeera news channel reported on scenes of a devasted Ariha market following suspected warplane attacks - the correspondent alleged more than 20 killed (Youtube via Aljazeera)
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    Photographs of two infants alleged killed in a "regime massacre" (Tweet by @Alresalahpress)
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    A young man killed in alleged attacks, and scenes of destruction in Ariha - the results of a suspected Russian vacuum missile (Facebook post via Al-kawakbi for Human rights)
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    Local people work through the rubble, the White Helmets provide aid and medics tend to victims in Ariha (Youtube via Ariha Today)
  • A news correspondent reports from the scene in Ariha, where an alleged Russian missile killed over twenty and destroyed buildings (Youtube via Ariha)
  • Demolished buildings in Ariha market, in the city of Jericho, the results of alleged Russian missiles (Tweet by @aboaymankhaled)
  • Streets in the city of Jericho following suspected Russian aerial bombardment (Tweet by @paltimes2015)
  • The White Helmets stand in a cloud of dust at the scene in Ariha market (Tweet by @Step_Agency)
  • Local people congregate at the scene in Ariha market, where alleged Russian warplanes struck (Tweet via jisrtv)
  • A photo taken from above of a street near Ariha market where suspected Russian warplanes struck, resulting in the death of over twenty civilians (via Syriahr facebook)
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    Scenes of suspected Russian attacks on Ariha Market in the city of Jericho (Tweet by @syrian191124)
  • Locals gather at the place where alleged Russian missiles struck (via Syrian pc)
  • A street in the city of Jericho, where a suspected Russian missile hit causing significant human and material destruction (via LCCSY)
  • A blaze in Ariha market, city of Jericho. (via LCCSY)
  • Locals attempt to rescue victims of alleged Russian missile attack (via LCCSY)

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 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
    16 – 22
  • (3 children4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20
  • 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]