Russian air strike on a Popular market in Syrian town Atareb

More than 60have been killed and hundreds wounded, mostly civilians, in an airstrike carried out by Russian warplanes on apopular market in the city of Atareb in the western countryside of Aleppo

FFHR monitors have reported that on Nov 13, 2017 14:08 local time, warplanes, believed to be Russian jets, carried out a ferocious attackon Atareb city (35 km west of Aleppo).There were three separate strikes with 6 high explosive missiles -believed to be unique- Photographs of targeted market, provided by our monitors immediately after the attack, show that each missiles caused a 15m deep and 60 cm diameter crater.

According to an eyewitnessand human right activist (A.A), the first strike started at 14.08 local time from the northernside of the market, where there a police station, a prison and a civilian court were located. The airstrike caused complete destruction to the two building and the surrounding shops and killed and wounded dozens of policemen and prisoners. Simultaneously, a second airstrike targeted the centre of the market, where grocery shops were located. The third strike targeted the southern side of the market, where electrical appliances, textiles and clothing shops were located. The peak time, the market was crowded, was chosen to cause maximum number of casualties.

The airstrikes cause almost complete destruction to the popular market and the surrounding buildings. This market was targeted and destroyed by the Russian warplanes and Syrian government, twice less than two years ago, however the destruction was much worse this time.

It is worth mentioning that the city is run by an elect city council, with no military presence except for a police station, whereas “Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham” (Al-Nusra Front) controls city’s countryside.

According to the eyewitness (A.A), at least 100 people were killed, 60 of them were documented, in addition to dozens missing (most of them under rubble) and some can’t be identified due the sever damage to the bodies. More than 200 people were wounded, most of them were taken to the neighbouring hospitals whereas 20 of them were taken to Turkey through Bab al-Hawa Border Crossing. Ten police officers and 6 prisoners were among the casualties. “Civil Defense” and rescue workers are still digging for bodies of the missing under the rubble.