Between two and 12 civilians were killed, and as many as 22 were wounded, in an air and artillery strike which hit the Daesh controlled area of Tadef, Aleppo. Sources were conflicted as to who was to blame, with two sources blaming the International US led Coalition, two blaming Syrian regime helicopters, and many more blaming Turkish and Russian warplanes, according to local sources.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights said that the Coalition was responsible, putting the death toll, at six civilians including one woman. The Shaam News Network also reported that six died, including women and children, at the hands of the Coalition.
According to Al Raed La Yakzub Ahlahu (an IS propaganda source), three non-combatants died and 22 others were injured in “Russian and Syrian raids”.
LCCSY said that Russia had carried out strikes, as did the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
However, Euphrates Post attributed the incident to “regime warplanes and helicopters”, putting the death toll as high as 12. “According to civilian sources speaking to Euphrates Post regime warplanes targeted residential sites near the Cultural Center building, east of the city, with two raids.”
Additionally, it was reported that helicopters struck residential buildings with explosives barrels near the coach station.
Al Zanlooki reported that eight civilians died and more were injured in raids by “planes believed to be Turkish”. Manbij mother of all the world also said Turkey was responsible, as did the activist Al Zanlooki.
Albab23 named the following victims: “Mohammad Khalil Abdan, members of the al Masri family and members of the Kariz family.”
Some sources said the death toll was likely to rise due to the severity of the wounds.
Allegedly members of the Civil Defence were also killed in the raids.
One source reported that two buildings of three stories each, were completely destroyed in the raid, as was other civilian housing.
In their June 2020 civilian casualty report, the US-led Coalition assessed reports that they were responsible for civilian harm in this strike as “non-credible”, stating that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area at that time.
The local time of the incident is unknown.
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Attached to this civilian harm incident is the Pentagon's declassified assessment of this civilian harm allegation, obtained by Azmat Khan and the New York Times through Freedom of Information requests and lawsuits filed since March 2017, alongside the corresponding press release published by the Pentagon. Airwars is currently analysing the contents of each file, and will update our own assessments accordingly.
Turkish Military Assessment:
Syrian Regime Assessment:
Russian Military Assessment:
Original strike reports
Russia has not reported any specific strikes between January 1st – 31st 2017.
US-led Coalition Assessment:
Civilian casualty statements
Jun 24, 2020
Jan. 13, 2017, in Tadef, Syria, via Airwars report. After a review of all available records it was assessed that no Coalition actions were conducted in the geographical area that corresponds to the report of civilian casualties. 3082/CS443 37SCA682236
Original strike reports
For January 12th-13th and January 13th-14th the Coalition did not publicly report any strikes in or near Tadef.