Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS136

Incident date

June 18, 2022

Location

حزوان, Hazwan, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Civilians were injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces strikes on the village of Hazwan on June 18, 2022.

According to Shaam News, Syrian Democratic Forces launched a guided missile that struck the home of a civilian in the village of Hazwan, resulting in “the fall of a number of wounded”.

Both @ZaitunAgency and @hamza_hindawie tweeted that “injuries” resulted from the missile attack by the SDF but did not specify how many.

All three sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (3) [ collapse]

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS137

Incident date

June 18, 2022

Location

عبلة, Abla, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to two civilians were killed and between five and six civilians, including up to four children and a woman, were injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces strikes on Abla village on June 18, 2022.

According to @EuphratsPostNews, five people from one family, including three children, were injured when a guided missile struck Abla village. However, @TvIdlib reported that six people from one family, including four children and one woman, were injured in the missile strikes, and that the strikes his the home of the family.

@thawra_sy4 added that in addition to the civilians wounded, one civilian was also killed while @ZaitunAgency identified two civilians as being killed in addition to the “several” others wounded.

The majority of sources attributed the incident to the SDF, while @EuphratsPostNews pointed out that it was “unknown” what the source of the guided missiles was. Various sources referred to both guided missiles and artillery shelling as being used in the attack on Abla. @TvIdlib reported that the attack coincided with an attack by the “Syrian Front” with tanks and heavy weapons on the headquarters of “Ahrar al-Sham” in AL Bab countryside.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Graphic image of one of the children injured in alleged SDF strikes on the village of Abla on June 18, 2022. (Image posted by @YaqinNwes)

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

CS1981

Incident date

June 9, 2022

Location

العطالة, Al-Atta, Hassakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one man was killed during an airdrop operation carried out by the Syrian Democratic Forces and alleged US-led Coalition in the village of Al-Atta in the countryside of Al-Shaddadi city at dawn on June 9, 2022. Sources were conflicted as to whether the man killed was a civilian or a member of ISIS.

Al Khabour reported that one person was killed during an airdrop operation by the international coalition backed by helicopters at dawn on June 9th. Coalition forces carried out the operation at the house of “Hamed Al-Nasser” in the village of Al-Atta, storming his house after imposing a curfew on the people through loudspeakers and asking them not to leave their houses.

According to Al-Khabour Network correspondent, Al-Nasser worked in an agricultural pharmacy and was the imam of a mosque in the area, adding that “he was arrested for a year and a half by the militias of the Democratic Union Party “PYD” and released earlier.” @asdaslm9 added that Al-Nasser was from the Baggara tribe.

Euphrates Post identified the operation as being carried out by both the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Coalition, adding that Al-Nasser was killed for resisting arrest during the operation. However, Al Mahjar reported that the “young man” was killed after the attacking forces arrested him.

According to @alhariri58, Hamed Al-Nasser’s house was a “civilian house” while @jamlyyyyy_ referred to Al-Nasser as being a “leader of the ISIS organization.” Other sources that reported on the incident were also conflicted as to whether the man killed was a civilian or a militant, with Athar press referring to him as a “civilian who had never participated in any armed action”.

All of the sources reported that the operation was carried out by the Coalition, the SDF, or both, with Syrian Observatory for Human Rights adding that “Al-Atta village is not far from the American base in the city of Al-Shaddadi”, with Athar Press pointing out that it was “remarkable” that the “American forces” would use the airdrop method for a raid so close to their base.

The SDF released a statement that “Special united of the Syrian Democratic Forces carried out a security operation with the support of the International Coalition forces in the southern countryside of Hasaka. The operation targeted a wanted ISIS leader in the village of Al-Atta in Al-Shaddadi countryside, south of Al-Hasakah. He was active in transferring and distributing funds to the organization’s cells and their families, in addition to promoting the organization’s ideological messages, and participating in planning operations targeting service, military and security institutions. The forces executing the raid pursued the desired target after he fled his house, and appealed to him to surrender, but he opened fire, which prompted our forces and the international coalition to deal, and after the shooting stopped and the place was combed, it was found that he had died due to his injury. The weapon that was in the target’s possession was confiscated, the place was thoroughly searched, and other documents belonging to him were found.”

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Known attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces
  • Suspected target
    ISIS
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Man killed during alleged Coalition airdrop operation in Al-Atta village on June 9, 2022. (Image posted by Al Khabour)

US-led Coalition Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US-led Coalition
  • US-led Coalition position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Democratic Forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces
  • Syrian Democratic Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Syrian Democratic Forces

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Special units of the Syrian Democratic Forces carried out a security operation with the support of the International Coalition forces in the southern countryside of Hasaka.
The operation targeted a wanted ISIS leader in the village of Al-Atta in Al-Shaddadi countryside, south of Al-Hasakah. He was active in transferring and distributing funds to the organization’s cells and their families, in addition to promoting the organization’s ideological messages, and participating in planning operations targeting service, military and security institutions.
The forces executing the raid pursued the desired target after he fled his house, and appealed to him to surrender, but he opened fire, which prompted our forces and the international coalition to deal, and after the shooting stopped and the place was combed, it was found that he had died due to his injury.
The weapon that was in the target's possession was confiscated, the place was thoroughly searched, and other documents belonging to him were found.
Our special units concerned with combating terrorism continue with our security forces, in partnership with the international coalition, their activities in combating terrorism and the cells of the terrorist organization ISIS, in order to maintain the security of the region and stabilize the stability that terrorist cells and their supporters seek to undermine.


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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    US-led Coalition
  • Known attacker
    Syrian Democratic Forces
  • Suspected target
    ISIS
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS134

Incident date

June 1, 2022

Location

تل أبيض, Tal Abyad, Raqqa, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between two and four civilians were killed and up to 12 others were injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces airstrikes/drone strikes/shelling of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022.

@DeirEzzorNow tweeted the names of the victims: two brothers “Wassim and Bashar Al-Barhou“, Hajj “Abdi Al-Hamran”, Khaled Al-Halisi 34 years old, adding that in addition “several” were wounded. A Facebook post from Hajin Today 2021 referred to Abdi Al-Hamran as being elderly and Athr Press identified two of those killed as being under the age of 18.

Al Khabour posted on Facebook that three people were killed by “PYD/PKK missile strikes” and 10 others were injured, some of them seriously. @ShahbaPress reported that “two civilians were killed and four wounded”, while @AlArabiya_Brk also put the number of killed at two but differed on the number of wounded, reporting that six civilians were wounded. A higher injury number was provided by @alamlmediatv, putting the injury toll at 12.

Halab Today added that among the injured, “our people were transferred to Turkish hospitals due to the difficulty of treating them in local hospitals” and that the death toll was expected to rise from three deaths that they identified. Athr Press reported that among the injured, two of them had their lower limbs (legs) amputated.

According to Rudaw News, quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one of the four people killed was a “fighter from the armed opposition” while the other three killed were civilians. The Syrian Observatory Observatory for Human Rights and the sources that quoted it where the only ones that identified any of those killed as being militants.

A tweet from @DeirEzzorNow reported that the bombing focused on the hospital surroundings and around the local council in Tal Abyad, and Rudaw News provided the name of the hospital to be Al-Hikma Hospital area. Al Khabour identified “Al-Mashfa Street and the Mall Street in the center of the city” as being struck in the bombing. @ShahbaPress described the area hit as being a popular market while Orient News referred to the bombed area as residential neighborhoods, specifically “Al-Layl neighborhood”.

The majority of sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)/Democratic Union Party (PYK). Al Khabour News added that rocket launchers were used in the attack, specifically five rocket-propelled grenades, while Orient News reported that  the militia (Farhad al-Shami) said that the bombing came via a drone. According to Halab Today, the SDF denied responsibility for the bombing, stating that the bombing had been carried out by an “unidentified drone”.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

  • Khaled Al-Halisi 34 years old male killed
  • Hajj "Abdi Al-Hamran" Age unknown male killed
  • Wassim Al-Barhou Age unknown male killed
  • Bashar Al-Barhou Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1–2 children1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–12
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (44) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (22) [ collapse]

  • One of the victims of the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @DeirEzzorNow)
  • One of the victims of the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @DeirEzzorNow)
  • Damage caused by the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @DeirEzzorNow)
  • Khaled Al-Halisi, 34 years old, killed in alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by in Tal Abyad via Facebook)
  • Tal Abyad/ Gary Spi Dead and wounded as a result of unknown bombardment on the city of Tal Abyad. According to medical sources, 3 deaths and 6 injuries were reported as a preliminary outcome. Known from the two dead brothers, "Wassim Al-Barhou and Bashar Al-Barhou" and Khaled Jassim Al-Halisi.
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    Graphic image of one of the victims killed in alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by in Cudi Rojava via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @syr_television)
  • Alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by Rudaw News)
  • One of the victims of the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @HASAKHNNEWS via Facebook)
  • The initial moments of the effects of the bombing that recently hit the city of Tal Abyad in Raqqa, while the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied responsibility for the bombing. #Syria_event
  • Our people in Tal Abyad, may God bestow your condolences May God have mercy on the dead and heal the wounded
  • One of the missiles that struck the city of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @77Mikiy)
  • One of the missiles that struck the city of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @77Mikiy)
  • One of the missiles that struck the city of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @77Mikiy)
  • Funeral for the two brothers, Wassim and Bashar Al-Barhou, killed in the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @wexP2S7t8yGMwRf)
  • Funeral for the two brothers, Wassim and Bashar Al-Barhou, killed in the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @wexP2S7t8yGMwRf)
  • Funeral for the two brothers, Wassim and Bashar Al-Barhou, killed in the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @wexP2S7t8yGMwRf)
  • Funeral for the two brothers, Wassim and Bashar Al-Barhou, killed in the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @wexP2S7t8yGMwRf)
  • Victims of the alleged SDF bombing of Tal Abyad on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @SN4HR)

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1–2 children1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–12
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (44) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS135

Incident date

June 1, 2022

Location

الحلونجي, Al Huwlanji, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and three civilians, including a child, were injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces’ shelling and heavy machine gun fire on the Al-Muhsinli-Halunji road on June 1, 2022.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, a child was injured when the Syrian Civil Defense struck a car “with heavy machine guns on the Al-Muhsinli-Halunji road”.

Macro Media Center reported that there were “injuries”, including children, as a result of the strike by guided missiles. Daily Sabah put the number of injured civilians at three and added that the injured were treated at Jarablus Hospital. A tweet from @15s9GDV identified the car as being a “a civilian car from Aoun (Sentafy)” and that the family was coming from the city of al-Bab.

Baladi News correspondent in Aleppo countryside reported that “at about 12:20 p.m., today, Wednesday, SDF targeted a black civilian car of the “Sentafi” type, with an M.D. guided missile, which resulted in the injury of the driver and members of his family, most of whom are children.”

All of the sources that the Syrian Democratic Forces/People’s Defense Units carried out the attack. Daily Sabah identified a thermal shell as being launched while other sources referred to heavy machine guns as being used.

The incident occured at 12:20:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • A child was injured in alleged SDF strikes on Al Huwlanji on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Strikes on the village of Al-Halwanji on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by @citynews27_com)
  • Rescue workers put out a fire caused by alleged SDF strikes on the village of al-Halunji on June 1, 2022. (Image posted by DCRN News)
  • Please be careful and warn any car that walks on the road that connects Al-Mahsali Al-Halunji is exposed to beatings. Today it was the car that was hit with the injury of a child who was rescued

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS133

Incident date

Location

الحولنجي جنوب جرابلس, Al Huwlanji souther of Jarablus, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One child, Abdul Razzaq Muhammad, aged 9, was injured on May 29th 2022 when the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were reported to target a civilian car with a guided missile, in the Al-Halwanji area, south of the city of Jarabulus, Syria, according to local sources.

Abdul Rassaq Muhammad was taken to hospital in Jarabulus.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (1)

  • Abdul Rassaq Muhammad 9 years old male

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • One child was injured when a reported Syrian Democratic Forces missile hit a civilian car on May 29th 2022 near Jarabulus, Syria (Image via Syran Civil Defense / Facebook)
  • One child was injured when a reported Syrian Democratic Forces missile hit a civilian car on May 29th 2022 near Jarabulus, Syria (Image via @free_sy-news / Twitter)
  • One child was injured when a reported Syrian Democratic Forces missile hit a civilian car on May 29th 2022 near Jarabulus, Syria (Image via @Sharqya_reporte / Twitter)
  • A car was targeted reportedly by SDF outside of Jarabulus on May 29th 2022, injuring one child (Image via @77Mikiy / Twitter)

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TI080 YI003

Incident date

May 26, 2022

Location

قرية زيوا, Zewa village, Dohuk, Iraq

Airwars assessment

At least two children were killed and up to two others, including a child, were injured in alleged Turkish or Kurdish strikes on Zewa village on May 26, 2022.

Birqi Omar, mukhtar (chieftain) of Zewa village in Amedi town, told Rudaw’s Hunar Rashid that people from nearby areas were picnicking when bombs struck. “As far as we know, the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) on Metina mountain targeted Turkish military base with three bombs. Then, Turkey bombed our families, killing two people, aged 10, and injuring another,” said the mukhtar. A witness, whose hand was stained with the blood of one of the dead children, told Rudaw that they had left all their picnic goods in the incident area.

According to BasNews, “at least two children were killed and two other civilians were injured” by two rockets. Kurdistan24 identified the two wounded civilians as being adult males and Hawar News added that the two children were aged 6 and 7. Yekiti Media provided the names of the victims, Youssef Kaufan, 14, and Afand Hashiyari, 10.

BasNews added that the victims were reportedly collecting spring plants while another source said they were attending an outdoor wedding celebration. A source told Shafaq News Agency that there was “a big celebration when the bombing occurred, which led to the death of three victims and the injury of several others as a result.” He added that “the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, while the bodies were evacuated to the forensic medicine department.”

A photo uploaded by Agency France Press identified one of the injured children as nine-year-old, Sipan Farhad. He was reported to be receiving treatment at a hospital in Dohuk following the incident. Sipan told Rudaw he was playing football with his friends when the strike happened, “I went upstairs while Yousif and Avand went to bring the ball back off the street and when I came down, a bomb hit the ground”, “Yousif told me to bring water because there was a dirty glass and we wanted to clean it,” he added.

Kovan Haji, Yousif’s father, told Rudaw that in the days before his son’s death he had promised him a present for completing the school year. “I wanted to grant my son a big prize. He was not only my son, but he was my friend, and he was always with me even when things were not going well.” The families told Rudaw the missiles came from Metina mountain, only meters away from them.

Witnesses told Shafaq News Agency, “The people of (Ziwa) village were celebrating near (Ardana) village of Bamerni district in Amadiyah district, north of Dohuk, when two artillery shells fell near the celebrants, killing three children between the ages of 10 and 11 years. Another 8-year-old child was wounded and is now lying in an emergency hospital in Dohuk. The father of the injured child explained to Shafaq News, that his son was wounded by shrapnel from the bombing in his arm and chest, but his health condition is stable now.

Rudaw News quoted various sources that blamed different sources for the strikes, with Kurdistan Region’s Directorate General of Counter Terrorism (CTD) and Warshin Salman, mayor of Amedi, attributing the strikes to the PKK while PKK-affiliated Rojnews reported that Turkey carried out the bombing. A Facebook post from Abo Mostafa AlJoboore quoted a father of one of the victims, who confirmed that it was the Turkish that carried out the bombing, not the PKK.

The Media Center of the People’s Protection Forces (HPJ), the military wing of the anti-Ankara Kurdistan Workers’ Party, released a statement denying that they carried out the bombing: “The State of Turkey attacked our citizens in South Kurdistan (Kurdistan Region) when they were on a picnic, which resulted in the death of three martyrs, including two children.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Youssef Kaufan 14 years old killed
  • Afand Hashiyari 10 years old killed
  • Sipan Farhad 9 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Turkish Military, YPG
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Children victims of the strikes on Zewa village on May 26, 2022. (Image posted by Rudaw News)
  • A relative checks on Sipan Farhad, a 9-year-old boy wounded following a rocket attack in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq, at a hospital in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk, May 26, 2022. (Image courtesy of AFP)

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Turkish Military, YPG
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS132

Incident date

May 12, 2022

Location

Karkamış, Gaziantep, Turkey

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, at least one civilian was injured on May 12th 2022 when a rocket-propelled grenade launched by YPG/PKK, the military wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) targeted a Turkish army border post in the Qarqamish district of Gaziantep, in Turkey. Four soldiers were also reported to be injured, although Shaam news reported that ‘a Turkish soldier was martyred, and three others were wounded”.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense stated that the rocket-propelled grenade was launched by YPG/PKK from the Ain al-Arab region in northern Syria.

@RojavaNetwork tweeted that the SDF “denied the claims of the Turkish Defense Ministry’s allegations that the SDF forces had targeted the Turkish Qarqamish region. “The SDF media center said: “we confirm that our forces have nothing to do with the attack on Qarqamish.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3–4

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
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  • @avhakanbenzer tweeted a photo on Karkamis district after a grenade hit allegedy by YPG on May 12th 2022 (Image via Twitter)
  • @avhakanbenzer tweeted a photo on Karkamis district after a grenade hit allegedy by YPG on May 12th 2022 (Image via Twitter)
  • A photo of Karkamis district after a grenade hit allegedy by YPG on May 12th 2022 (Image via @GaziantepHaber_ / Twitter)
  • @gantepvalilgi tweeted that the Governor Davut Gul visited the injured soldiers in hospital (Image via Twitter)
  • @gantepvalilgi tweeted that the Governor Davut Gul visited the injured soldiers in hospital (Image via Twitter)
  • @gantepvalilgi tweeted that the Governor Davut Gul visited the injured soldiers in hospital (Image via Twitter)
  • Images uploaded by @Gazianteppusula of the "rocket strike" which hit Karkamis on May 12th 2022 allegedely launched by YPG (Image via Twitter)
  • Images uploaded by @Gazianteppusula of the "rocket strike" which hit Karkamis on May 12th 2022 allegedely launched by YPG (Image via Twitter)
  • Images uploaded by @Gazianteppusula of the "rocket strike" which hit Karkamis on May 12th 2022 allegedely launched by YPG (Image via Twitter)

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3–4

Sources (19) [ collapse]