Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS103

Incident date

March 30, 2021

Location

طريق اعزاز - عفرين, Azaz - Afrin road, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a child, was injured from a strike that was allegedly launched by the YPG on the Azaz – Afrin road, north of Aleppo on March 30, 2021.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a child was injured by a “rocket-propelled grenade” while a tweet from @k_alsameh identified a guided missile as injuring the child. According to this same source, the missile struck while the child was traveling in a car on the Azaz-Afrin road north of Aleppo and an image they posted shows the damage to the car.

Various other sources also included the same information that a child was injured in a guided missile attack and that the “SDF” was responsible.

No other information is available at this time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS102

Incident date

March 18, 2021

Location

حزوان, Hazwan, western Al Bab, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was injured in an alleged Kurdish counterstrike during an exchange between the SDF and a Turkish base in the village of Hazwan, west of the city of Al Bab on March 18th, 2021.

A tweet from @HalabTodayTV reported that there was an “exchange of artillery shelling between the SDF and a Turkish base near the village of Hazwan.”

According to Syria TV, the artillery shelling “led to the injury of a civilian.” Shaam News also reported that “a civilian was wounded by artillery shelling by the Syrian Democratic Forces.”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS101

Incident date

March 14, 2021

Location

مزرعة طويجات - الحمران, Tuwayjat farm - Al Hamran, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

A woman and her child were reported killed and five others injured allegedly by YPG missiles on Tuwayjat farm near Al Hamran village on March 14th. The victims were identified as Bakr Shehadeh aged 12, and his mother Ammoun al Muhammad, aged 48. Their bodies were transferred to Jarablus’ hospital by the Syrian Civil Defence.

Euphrates Post said “the SDF bombed with heavy artillery the Al-Hamran area of ​​Jarablus city from the southern side, which led to the killing of a woman and her child, wounding five others, and extensive damage to civilian homes.”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said “A 12-year-old boy named as Bakr Shehadeh, and a 48-year-old woman named as Ammoun al Muhammad, were killed while other civilians were injured when Syrian Democratic Forces’ artillery forces fired mortar shells at al Humran village in the eastern suburbs of Aleppo governorate on March 14, 2021.”

Halab Today said that the victims’ house was targeted with five mortars from SDF.

No further information is available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers moving to hospital casualties as a result of YPG artillery attack on a farm in Hamran area in Jarablus on March 14th, 2021. (via Syrian Civil defence)
  • Syrian civil defence volunteers near a man who seems to be a relative of victims of alleged YPG shelling on Hamran in Jarablus on March 14, 2021. (via SNHR)
  • Alleged YPG shelling on Hamran in Jarablus on March 31st that led to killing a woman and her child. (via SCD Aleppo)

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (21) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS100

Incident date

February 17, 2021

Location

عفرين, Afrin, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to 13 civilians including women and children were injured in an alleged Grad rocket attack by YPG on residential areas in Afrin on February 17th, 2021.Local sources said that between four and six rockets fell on Villat street in Afrin in the evening.

However, some sources like the Syrian Civil Defence said that the rockets were launched from areas controlled by the Syrian regime and the Syrian Democratic Forces, and didn’t blame a certain belligerent. Many sources said the attack came from areas of Nubul and Al-Zahra’a which are controlled by what Nors for Studies descried as militias affiliated with Iran. Anadolu Agency said the attack came from Tal Rifa’at south of Afrin.

The source said “13 civilians were injured, including six children and three women, this evening, Wednesday, February 17th, after missile strikes targeted residential neighborhoods in Afrin city. The source of the attack is areas under the control of the regime forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces.”

At first, Shahba Press said that six civilians were injured, then EdlibEmc1 reported ten injuries as a result of the attack. The highest toll was reported by the Syrian Civil Defence at 13.

Some sources didn’t blame any party, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rockets came from regime controlled areas.

The incident occured in the evening.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Family members (5)

  • Hassan Houria male injured
  • Fatima Houria Child female
  • Salah Houria Child male
  • Khadija Houria
  • Asia Mohamed Houria

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Translation: Nine wounded civilians in Afrin city, in the countryside of Aleppo, as a result of the artillery shelling that it was subject to a short while ago.
  • Civilians moved with an ambulance after reported injured as a result of a mortar attack on Afrin, Aleppo on February 17th, 2021. (via SCD)
  • Injuries among civilians and material damage due to mortar shelling allegedly by YPG in Afrin in Aleppo on Feb 17th, 2021. (via Shahba Press).
  • Remnants of a rocket used in an attack on Afrin on Feb 17th, 2021. (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Remnants of a rocket used in an attack on Afrin on Feb 17th, 2021. (via Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • A rocket attack allegedly by YPG on residential areas in Afrin on Feb 17th, 2021. (via the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • A rocket attack allegedly by YPG on residential areas in Afrin on Feb 17th, 2021 led to injuries among civilians. (via the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights).
  • Translation: A little while ago, 9 civilians were wounded as a result of the bombing. The missiles that targeted the city of Afrin in the countryside of Aleppo came from the vicinity of Nubl and Zahraa.
  • An injured civilian as a result of alleged YPG rocket attack on Afrin in Aleppo on Feb 17th. (via @Hani_Alymani).
  • An injured civilian as a result of alleged YPG rocket attack on Afrin in Aleppo on Feb 17th. (via @Hani_Alymani).
  • Translation: Breaking: Urgent || The shelling of the rocket launchers targets the center of Afrin, north of Aleppo, from the vicinity of Nubl and Zahraa
  • Translation: Six civilians were seriously wounded by the missile strikes that targeted the city of Afrin, north of Aleppo, a short while ago.
  • Caption translation: The hearing of the sound of an explosion now in the city of Afrin. More than five missiles fell on Villas Street in the city of Afrin.
  • Translation: 9 civilians, including children, were wounded as a result of the missile strikes that targeted the city of Afrin a short while ago.
  • Damage to a civilian building as a result of alleged YPG shelling with rockets on Afrin on Feb 17th, 2021. (via @fawaz_jwaid)
  • Translation: Six civilian casualties as a result of the bombing that targeted the city of Afrin, north of Aleppo, a short while ago The terrorism of the PKK is no less than that of the Assad gangs
  • Translation: 9 wounded, including children, in the bombing of Afrin from areas in the vicinity of Nubl and Zahraa, which are controlled by militias affiliated with Iran.
  • Translation: The effects of destruction in residential neighborhoods as a result of missile strikes by "SDF militia" on the city of Afrin in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG shelling on residential areas in Afrin on February 17th, 2021. (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG shelling on residential areas in Afrin on February 17th, 2021. (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG shelling on residential areas in Afrin on February 17th, 2021. (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG shelling on residential areas in Afrin on February 17th, 2021. (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Translation: 10 civilians, including 6 children, were wounded in a rocket attack carried out by the YPG / PKK terrorist organization targeting the city of Afrin, which was purified from terrorism by Operation Olive Branch.
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG shelling with rockets on Afrin on February 17th, 2021. (via DailySabah).

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS099

Incident date

February 16, 2021

Location

أم عدسة, Um Adasa, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that one civilian was killed and others injured in alleged YPG shelling on Um Adasa village in Al-Bab countryside in Aleppo, Syria.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights named the victim as Amer Mustafa aged 63.

Baladi News said that “one civilian was killed and four others were wounded by artillery shelling of the SDF forces on the villages of Um Adasa and Al-Sukkariyah in the countryside of Al-Bab city in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.”

ShahedAgency said “a civilian was killed and another was wounded, in the artillery shelling of the SDF militia on two villages around the city of Al-Bab, east of Aleppo.”

Shaam Network reported that on February 16th, “The villages of Umm Adasa and al-Sukkariyah in the countryside of al-Bab city in the eastern countryside and the village of Kafr Kalbin in the northern countryside were subjected to artillery and missile strikes by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which led to the fall of a martyr in Umm Adasa, and the Turkish army responded by targeting the Qasd strongholds in the villages of Meng and Maranaz with artillery shells.”

No further information is available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: Qasd terrorist militia targets the villages of Um Adasa and Al-Ajami, east of the city of Al-Bab rom the Al-Urimah area. It led to a martyr and several casualties among the ranks of civilians.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TI056

Incident date

February 10–14, 2021

Location

جبل غارا, Mount Gara, Dohuk, Iraq

Geolocation

37.013345, 43.370045 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Thirteen Turkish nationals being held captive by the PKK in a location close to village Siyane in the Gare/Gara region in northern Iraq were killed – either during an alleged Turkish airstrike, or executed by the PKK, according to conflicting Kurdish and Turkish sources.

There was however broad agreement that some of those killed were civilians. All of the victims, as detainees, were non combatants. The date of the incident is unclear. Reports of killing the prisoners surfaced on February 14th but the Turkish operation on Gara started on February 10th.

According to Turkish Minute, the bodies of 13 Turkish hostages were found in the Gara region following the launch of Turkish operations there on February 10th. The source said “On Sunday the pro-Kurdish party expressed “deep sadness” over the deaths of the 13 Turks in Iraq, calling on the PKK to free its remaining prisoners.”

Stripes.come said that they Turkish operation was launched to free the Turkish prisoners. “The bodies of the 13 victims were discovered in a cave complex in northern Iraq’s Gara region, near the Turkish border, during an operation against the PKK, launched on Feb. 10, that had aimed to free the hostages.”

Haber Turk reported that the bodies of the thirteen killed Prisoners of War (PoWs) were taken to Malatya for autopsy. Twelve out of 13 were identified as: Expert Sergeant Hüseyin Sarı; the civilian police commander Sedat Yabalak; Gendarmerie Petty Officer Semih Özbek; Police Officer Vedat Kaya; Jandirma Private Süleyman Sungur; Specialist Private Mevlit Kahveci; Gunner Private Müslüm Altıntaş; Private Adil Kabaklı; Aydın Köse; and Umit Gicir, The civilian was Muhammet Salih Kanca, and the contracted soldier Sedat Sorgun.

The source published the following details about nine of the victims:

  • Sedat Yabalak, a civilian police officer and father of three in charge of Şanlıurfa Police Department in Turkey was abducted by the PKK on July 28th 2015 on the Lice-Diyarbakır highway, in front of his wife Burcu Yabalak and their three children, while returning from Erzurum.
  • Private Adil Kabaklı, during his military service, was abducted on the Tunceli Pülümür highway in Turkey while returning to his unit in Ağrı on October 2, 2015.
  • Expert Sergeant Mevlüt Kahveci, aged 31 and referred to as a specialized Gendarmerie Sergeant, was kidnapped by the PKK at a roadblock near Doğanlıköyü in Hakkari’s Çukurca district in Turkey in September 2016.
  • Air Defense Specialist Sergeant Hüseyin Sarı’s, aged 32, was kidnapped by the PKK on the Diyarbakır-Bingöl Highway in Turkey on August13th 2015.
  • Vedat Kaya was a civilian police officer in Istanbul. He and his wife were kidnapped in 2016 by the PKK at a roadblock in the Lice district of Diyarbakır in Turkey while he was returning to his hometown for his brother’s wedding convoy
  • Aydın Köse: No details about the date he was kidnapped by Haber Turk. Mürvet Karakoç mentioned that he is registered of the population of Adıyaman. He was referred to as a civilian by sources including Muhsin.guler.
  • Staff Petty Officer Sergeant Major Semih Özbey was detained by the PKK on the Tunceli-Erzincan highway in Turkey on September 18th 2015.
  • Süleyman Sungur, while doing his military service, was abducted by the PKK from a bus on the Lice road to his hometown Siirt in Turkey in 2015.
  • Private Sedat Sorgun, who was serving as a military officer in Van, was kidnapped by the PKK at a roadblock near Diyarbakır Lice in 2015.

@Kche_shakh tweeted “13 Turkish civilians were killed on the Gara mountains the highest mountains range in southern Kurdistan. Wondering what the Turkish civilians were doing there?”.

The list included the ten names identified by the Turkish Ministry of Defense twitter account as the killed prisoners of war, in addition to three additional names of belligerents likely killed while participating in the Turkish military operation. They are Ertug Guler, Burak Coscun and Harun Turhan. The Turkish minister of defence said that three soldiers were killed during the operation and three others were wounded.

Held captive for many years by the PKK in Kurdistan, their plight was raised by MPs many times back in Turkey, calling for their release. Turkey and the PKK are now accusing each other of responsibility for the killing of the 13 captive Turkish nationals:

Turkey launched its Eagle Claw 2 operation on the Gare region of northern Iraq on February 10th, where the 13 hostages were being held in a cave there.

A statement later issued by the PKK gave the group’s side of the story. They accused Turkey of killing the prisoners during an operation that had begun on February 10th. “A camp where prisoners of war belonging to the Turkish security forces were held has been attacked in Gare. The camp was intensively bombed from the air at five o’clock [not clear if this is am or pm] on February 10th. This was followed by a ground attack in which every form of war technology was used. In order to protect themselves and the prisoners, our forces located in the camp under bombardment gave the necessary response to the occupiers and hit them effectively.”

The PKK statement continued: “After this strike, the occupying Turkish army retreated a bit. Although it knew that there were prisoners there, the camp was again intensively bombed by fighter jets. The bombardment, which lasted for three days, and the fierce battles inside and outside the camp resulted in the death of some of the MIT members, soldiers and policemen we had captured. That no one would survive such a fierce attack was clear to anyone with basic military knowledge. The attack was not aimed at liberating the prisoners of war, but at destroying them.”

Kurdistan Democratic Communities Union said that YPG also published videos showing the Turkish bombardment of the location where the POWs had been held on February 14th.

By contrast, Turkey accused the PKK of executing the prisoners. Stripes.com for example reported Turkish officials as saying that “Twelve of the victims were shot in the head and one died of a shoulder bullet wound.”

Turkey’s Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar made a statement on the Gara operation to the Turkish Grand National Assembly. He said that it wasn’t possible to target the area where the cave is located because of the geographical location and structure. “due to the location and the terrain, the mountain ranges and the difficulty of reaching here, the operation has not been carried out in Gara.”

The minister was also reported by TGRT Haber TV as saying that “in the attack and in response to the shooting and the grenades from inside the cave, we only used teargas bombs. ”

The deaths of 13 unarmed Turkish nationals caused uproar in Turkey. President Erdogan reportedly vowed to expand cross-border operations against the Kurdish group in northern Iraq. Erdogan was quoted as saying “that the killings have strengthened Turkey’s will to form a secure zone along its border in northern Iraq to protect Turkey’s frontiers from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.”

The US State Department released a statement on February 14th condemning the deaths: “The United States deplores the death of Turkish citizens in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. We stand with our NATO Ally Turkey and extend our condolences to the families of those lost in the recent fighting. If reports of the death of Turkish civilians at the hands of the PKK, a designated terrorist organization, are confirmed, we condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

Anadolu Agency on Twitter said that “In call with Turkish FM, [US Secretary of State] Blinken affirmed US ‘view that PKK terrorists bear responsibility’ for Turkish civilians martyred in N.Iraq.” The Afghan government also condemned the incident, and blamed the PKK for the killing of the prisoners. And the Turkish Ministry of Defence tweeted that the UK’s Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace had “extended his condolences for the Turkish personnel and citizens that were martyred in Gara by the PKK terrorist organization.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Muhammet Salih Kanca 38 years old male killed
  • Hüseyin Sarı 32 years old male Expert Sergeant killed
  • Sedat Yabalak Age unknown male Police Officer killed
  • Semih Özbek Age unknown male Gendarmerie Petty Officer killed
  • Vedat Kaya 28 years old male Police Officer killed
  • Süleyman Sungur 27 years old male Jandirma Private killed
  • Mevlit Kahveci 31 years old male Specialist Private killed
  • Müslüm Altıntaş Age unknown male Gunner Private killed
  • Adil Kabaklı Age unknown male killed
  • Aydın Köse Age unknown male killed
  • Sedat Sorgun 35 years old male Contracted soldier killed
  • Umit Gicir 35 years old male specialized gendarmerie sergeant killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery, Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 13
  • (7–13 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Turkish Armed Forces, YPG forces
  • Suspected target
    Other
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3

Sources (34) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (26) [ collapse]

  • Statement by the command of the Central People's Defence Forces Headquarters (via @ameddicleT).
  • Statement by the command of the Central People's Defence Forces Headquarters (via @ameddicleT).
  • A list of names of Turkish nationals killed in Gare region. In addition to names of ten prisoners of war, the list includes names of three Turkish soldiers killed during the operation. Via @Kche_shakh
  • Police officer Sedat Yabalak was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Adil Kabaklı was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Specialist sergeant Mevlüt Kahveci was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10/14th (via Haber turk)
  • Uzman Çavuş Hüseyin Sarı'nın was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Vedat Kaya was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Aydın Köse was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Gendarmerie Staff Petty Officer Sergeant Major Semih Özbey was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Süleyman Sungur was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Sedat Sorgun was among 13 prisoners of war reported killed by Turkey bombing or PKK execution in a cave in Gara mountain, IRQ on February 10-14th. (via Haber turk)
  • Via the Turkish Ministry of National Defence.
  • Images of three of the killed PoW tweeted by the Turkish MoD.
  • Via the Turkish Ministry of National defence
  • Images of two of the PoW killed in Gara in Iraq, posted by the Turkish MoD.
  • Via the Turkish Ministry of National Defence.
  • Images of five if the PoW killed, tweeted by the Turkish MoD.
  • Aydın KÖSE. one of 13 Turkish prisoners of war reported killed as a result of a Turkey operation in Gara mountains, or were executed by PKK. (image via Aziz kose, Aydin's brother).
  • Nine of the 13 killed Turkish prisoners of war who were held captive by the PKK in Gara mountain in Iraq. (via Mürvet Karakoç).
  • According to Sabah News, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar released this image claiming it is of the PKK member who executed the Turkish prisoners. His name is Kamuran Ataman, the cave manager, nicknamed "Sorej".
  • Images of 12 Turksih prisoners of war killed allegedly as a result of Turkish airstrikes on a cave where they were kept in Gara, Iraq, or executed by PKK. Image via Muhsin.guler.
  • Two of the three Turkish soldiers killed in the operation in Gara between Feb 10th and 14th. (via the Turkish ministry of defence).
  • One of the three Turkish soldiers killed in the operation in Gara between Feb 10th and 14th. (via the Turkish ministry of defence).

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a cave allegedly located within Mount Gara (جبل غارا) of the Amadiya (العمادية) district. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for the summit of Mount Gara are: 37.013345, 43.370045.

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

YPG forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    YPG forces
  • YPG forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery, Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 13
  • (7–13 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Turkish Armed Forces, YPG forces
  • Suspected target
    Other
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3

Sources (34) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS097

Incident date

February 8, 2021

Location

الباب, Al Bab, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One child was killed and nine civilians injured in alleged YPG or Syrian regime artillery shelling on the city of Al Bab, Aleppo governorate on February the 8th.

At the start, local sources reported that at least nine civilians, including at least four children and three women, were injured in alleged YPG or Syrian regime artillery strikes on the city of Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021. Some of the victims remain in critical condition.

Howeber, on February 12th, the Syrian Network for Human Rights, Macro Media Center and @mohamed1aldaher reported that child Taim Maatarmawi died on February 12th of injuries he sustained on February 8th.

According to the Syrian Civil Defence (@SyriaCivilDefe), “10 civilians, including four children and two women, were wounded, some of them in critical condition, today, Monday, February 8, by an unknown-source missile strike, on the city of Al Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo. Our teams rescued the injured and worked to secure the place.”

According to a correspondent for Enab Baladi, the bombing took place around 6:30 PM and came from areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). @zakaria19972 tweeted: “10 wounded, including four children and three women, as a result of the YPG militia targeting the city of Al Bab, northeast of Aleppo, with missiles.”

Shahed Agency wrote that eight civilians were injured as the results from strikes with five missiles by the Qasd Militia, stationed in the outskirts of the city. Shahed Agency’s correspondent said that “civil defence teams transported the injured from the targeted places to the hospital in the city, and also recovered a wounded child from under the rubble as a result of the collapse of the house wall due to the bombing.”

The Syrian Arab News Agency, affiliated to the Syrian regime, wrote that “violent clashes with heavy weapons broke out this evening between the Turkish occupation forces and their mercenaries on the one hand and the “Qasd militia” on the other hand, causing the injury of at least 14 civilians, including 5 children and three women, and material losses to the homes, properties, and public properties of the people in the city of Al Bab and several villages in its vicinity.” It is unclear if the injury toll only includes civilian casualties in Al Bab.

Ahmad Ali Makra published the names of nine injured civilians, including four children and three women, on Facebook. @seerij80 posted a photo of an injured child on the ICU as the result of the strikes.

Shaam News Agency reported ten wounded, including a woman in a critical condition and four children, as the result of shelling on civilian residential areas. The missiles reportedly came from “the area of ​Al Sukkariyya and Al Urimah, which is considered a common area between the Assad regime and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).”

The Syrian Network for Human Rights said “A three-year-old child, named as Taim Obadah M’atramawi, from Ma’aret al Numan city in the southern suburbs of Idlib governorate, died on February 12th, 2021, due to wounds sustained on February 8th, 2021, when a Syrian regime missile launcher shelled a residential area in al Bab city in the eastern suburbs of the governorate. SNHR can confirm that the area attacked is a civilian area and is free of any military presence or equipment.”

@OtmanAlkneter reported nine injured, and said that the following areas had been targeted: “The side of the Great Mosque, beside Azraq Pharmacy” and “near El Kurdi Generator”. @IdlibPlus mentioned the use of rocket-propelled grenades.

While a few sources did not attribute blame for the strikes, most sources blamed the YPG for targeting the city of Al Bab. However, the Syrian Network for Human Rights blamed the Syrian regime for this incident. The source said “Syrian regime forces used a missile launcher to shell al Bab city in the eastern suburbs of Aleppo governorate on February 8th, with the missiles that landed in residential areas and near the city’s al Kabir Mosque. As a result, ten civilians, including a child, were injured, while a number of residential buildings were partially destroyed and the mosque’s structure and furniture were partially damaged on February 8th.”

Also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused the Syrian regime, backed by Russian forces, of responsibility for the casualties and the incident. The source said that casualties took place as a result of “artillery shelling by the Manbij Military Council forces, which were carried out at Russian orders, on the town of Al-Bab, an area under the control of Turkish-backed factions in eastern Aleppo countryside.”

Shaam Network didn’t rule out a Syrian regime’s involvement in this incident when they said that missiles were fired from the area of ​​al-Sukkariyya and al-Urimah, considered a common area between the Assad regime and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The incident occured at approximately 6:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–14
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Medical staff helping an injured child after alleged YPG strikes on the city of Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via Enad Baladi).
  • Translation: “10 wounded, including four children and three women, as a result of the YPG militia targeting the city of Al-Bab, northeast of Aleppo, with missiles” (via @zakaria19972).
  • An injured child receiving medical help after alleged YPG strikes on the city of Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @zakaria19972).
  • Remnants of one of the missiles reportedly used in alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @zakaria19972).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG strikes on the city of Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @zakaria19972).
  • Translation: “The first moments of our teams' response to the missile strikes that targeted the city of Al-Bab, east of Aleppo, which injured 10 civilians. Our team inspected the bombing sites and works to remove the effects of the explosion from the scene” (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Translation: “10 civilians, including four children and two women, were injured, some of them in critical condition, as a result of bombing the city of Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo” (via @fawaz_jwaid).
  • An injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @fawaz_jwaid).
  • Translation: “10 civilians, including four children and two women, were wounded, some of them in critical condition, today, Monday, February 8, by an unknown-source missile strike, which was hit by the city of Al Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo” (via @RaedAlSaleh3).
  • Civilians at the site after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @RaedAlSaleh3).
  • Remnants of artillery after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @RaedAlSaleh3).
  • Rubble being cleared form the site after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @RaedAlSaleh3).
  • Damage after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @RaedAlSaleh3).
  • Translation: “10 civilians, including four children and two women, were wounded, some of them in critical condition, today, Monday, February 8, by an unknown-source missile strike, on the city of Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo. Our teams rescued the injured and worked to secure the place” (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • A Syrian Civil Defence volunteer at the site after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, February 8th, 2021 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Damage after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @SyriaCivilDefe).
  • Aftermath of missile strike on Al-Bab, Aleppo, Feb 8th, 2021. (via SCD)
  • Remnants of missiles used in strikes on Al-Bab in Aleppo, Feb 8th, 2021. (via SCD)
  • Translation: “Civilian casualties with missile strikes on the city of Al Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo. Our correspondent Malik Abu Ubaida and the details” (via @HalabTodayTV).
  • Translation: “Nine injuries, most of them children, as a result of the missile strikes that targeted residential neighborhoods in the city of Al Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo” (via @mohmad_rasheed).
  • Translation: “Part of the destruction caused by the missile strikes of the SDF on the city of Al Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, which resulted in the injury of eight civilians, including children” (via @ShahedagencyAr).
  • Remnants of a missile after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @ShahedagencyAr).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @ShahedagencyAr).
  • Rescue workers at the site after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @ShahedagencyAr).
  • Remnants of a missile after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @ShahedagencyAr).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @fawaz_jwaid).
  • An injured child after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @fawaz_jwaid).
  • Remnants after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @fawaz_jwaid).
  • An injured child receiving medical help after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @fawaz_jwaid).
  • Translation: “Several explosions in residential neighborhoods in the city of Al Bab, east of Aleppo, were caused by unidentified rocket shells, and news of a number of civilian casualties” (via @MNoaymi).
  • Photo of alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @MNoaymi).
  • Translation: “Remnants of rockets and the resulting destruction in the city of Al Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo” (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Remnants of a missile after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Remnants of the weapon used in alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Remnants of a missile after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab on February 8th, 2021 (via @ZaitunAgency).
  • Translation: “The city of Al Bab, east of Aleppo, was subjected to direct bombardment by the PKK militia on the gatherings of our civilians, causing injuries, and this is a picture of an injured child in intensive care” (via @seerij80).
  • An injured child in the ICU after alleged YPG strikes on Al Bab, Aleppo governorate, on February 8th, 2021 (via @seerij80).

YPG forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    YPG forces
  • YPG forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    9–14
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS098

Incident date

February 8, 2021

Location

أم روثة - جرابلس, Um Raotha - Jarablus, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

A woman and a man were reported injured as a result of YPG artillery shelling on Um Raotha in Jarablus, Aleppo on February 8th, 2021.

The Syrian Civil Defense said that “a man and a woman were wounded, today, Monday, February 8th, as a result of artillery shelling of the Syrian Democratic Forces on civilian homes in Umm Rutha village in the countryside of the city of Jarablus, east of Aleppo.”

Enab Baladi, @FOXSYRlA, @syr_television and other reported the incident and blamed QSD/YPG for the incident.

No further information is available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of an alleged YPG artillery strike on Um Raotha in Jarablus, Aleppo, on Feb 8th, 2021. (via SCD)
  • A SCD volunteer in the site of an alleged YPG artillery strike on Um Raotha in Jarablus, Aleppo, on Feb 8th, 2021. (via SCD)
  • Location of an alleged YPG artillery strike on Um Raotha in Jarablus, Aleppo, on Feb 8th, 2021. (via SCD)
  • A woman and a man were reportedly injured as a result of an alleged YPG artillery strike on Um Raotha in Jarablus, Aleppo, on Feb 8th, 2021. (via SCD)
  • Translation: Civil Defense: A man and a woman were injured, as a result of artillery shelling of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on civilian homes in Umm Rutha village in the countryside of the city of Jarablus, east of Aleppo.

YPG forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    YPG forces
  • YPG forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]