Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

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Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

YS034

Incident date

October 10, 2019

Location

Akçakale, Turkey

Geolocation

36.713342, 38.947620 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between two and four civilians, including a baby, were reportedly killed and 17 civilians were injured in a rocket and mortar attack on the Turkish border town of Akçakale, Şanlıurfa on October 10th, 2019, according to local media sources. Conflicting reports blame the SDF, YPG or the PKK for the incident.

According to @ragipsoylu, the attack targeted residential areas on the Turkish towns bordering Syria. Haber Sanliurfa news reported that one victim is the 9-month-old Syrian child Mohammad Omar. The Turkish tax office officer Cihan Güneş was also killed.

@barispinariOP reported on Twitter that the Akçakale district governor has put the death toll at 3. @zekibahce reported 4 killed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), YPG forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
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    Reportedly the baby who was killed by rocket and mortar strikes on Akçakale, October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

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

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), YPG forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC219

Incident date

October 14, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: الفرناج, Tripoli: Fornaj, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.850793, 13.239605 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Three sisters were reportedly killed by an LNA airstrike on the Fornaj neighbourhood of Tripoli.

Reuters reported: “Three children, all sisters, were killed, and their mother and a fourth sister wounded in an air strike that hit a house near a military intelligence camp in Libya’s capital on Monday, a Reuters reporter and health officials said.

Libya’s internationally recognized government blamed the strike on forces of Khalifa Haftar, the commander based in the east of the North African country who has been trying to seize Tripoli in the west in a ground and air campaign since April.

A Reuters reporter saw a heavily damaged two-storey house which witnesses said had been hit around midday. The family living there were among those displaced from the outskirts of Tripoli since the start of Haftar’s campaign, residents said.

One neighbor, Walid Khamis, said he had heard a single warplane before the strike. ‘It circled, dipped, then launched,’ he said.”

The Ambulance Services Libya said the father was also injured. Al Wasat also said three people were injured in addition to the killed sisters.

Libya Alahrar TV reported the highest toll of wounded civilians: “Minister of Health: 3 children were killed and 9 injured, including a girl whose leg was amputated by shelling of Al-Farnaj.”

UNSMIL heavily condemned the attack: “Once again, innocent children pay the ultimate price. An attack today ended, in the most horrible way, the lives of three innocent young girls of the same family, burying them under the rubble of a house razed by an airstrike in the al-Fernaj neighbourhood in Tripoli. Another young girl of the same family and the mother were injured in the airstrike, which was reportedly conducted by a fighter jet belonging to ‘LNA’ forces.”

The LNA spokesperson Ahmed Al Mesmari tweeted about the incident: “We did not target any civilian locations in Tripoli, Any target is decided based on confirmed and triple checked ground intelligence and are chosen very carefully.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–9
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Video of the aftermath
  • Pictures of the incident
  • Another video showing the site of the alleged strike
  • Another video of the aftermath
  • More images of the aftermath
  • Pictures allegedly taken at the medical centre
  • Another video of the incident
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    One of the victims was reportedly flown to Italy for treatment
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    Picture of one of the alleged victims (via Ambulance Services Libya)
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    Picture of another one of the alleged victims (via Ambulance Services Libya)
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    Picture of the third alleged victim (via Ambulance Services Libya)

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–9
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS042

Incident date

October 13, 2019

Location

الدويرة, Al Duweira, Al Hasaka, Syria

Geolocation

36.786141, 40.044114 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were killed in an alleged PYD artillery strike on the Syrian village of Al Duweira, Al Hasaka governorate, on October 13th 2019.

According to Hasaka News, the two civilians died after a PYD mortal shell landed on their house. Al Khabour also blamed the PYD.

At this moment, more information is unavailable to Airwars.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    YPG forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    YPG forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC218

Incident date

October 13, 2019

Location

Qasr Bin Gashir: Yarmouk camp, قصر بن غشير, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.764074, 13.199460 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Medical personnel was reported killed by an LNA airstrike near the Yarmouk camp in Qasr Bin Gashir.

Libya Alahrar TV reported: “Hafter warplanes bombard a field hospital in Khallet Al Furjan, leaving dead and wounded.

The field commander in the axis of the airport road, Mohammed bin Yusuf confirmed the shelling of the pro-Haftar planes on a field hospital near the Yarmouk camp in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Bin Yusuf said in a statement to Libya Al Ahrar, that the raid resulted in the deaths of medical staff between nurses and doctors, pointing out that the current situation is relatively calm.”

According to Ewan Libya and 218 TV the LNA had confirmed airstrikes in the area on that day without mentioning civilian harm.

There is currently no more information available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC217

Incident date

October 13, 2019

Location

العزيزية‎, Aziziya, Jafara, Libya

Geolocation

32.531577, 13.020688 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly injured by an LNA airstrike on Aziziya.

Hona Souq Al-Khmies reported: “The fall of random shells on Aziziya on the farm of Al-Madani and the injury of a member of the family lightly wounded and leaving material damage.”

The LNA had confirmed airstrikes in the area, according to Ewan Libya and 218 TV: “The Air Force targeted an ammunition depot and mechanisms, located behind the University of Africa, other sites belonging to armed groups in Camp Hamza, the vicinity of Khalat Al Furjan and a farm on Sidra Street, in addition to successive strikes on armed concentrations in the vicinity of the Aziziyah area.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS324

Incident date

October 12, 2019

Location

Barki village, Dirak/Al-Malikiyah, Hasakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local media reported that one civilian was killed and another wounded in alleged Turkish shelling in Barki village, Dirak/Al-Malikiyah.

@NPA_SY said: ” Artillery shelling by Turkish forces is affecting areas in the village of Barki, located in the countryside of the town of Malikiyah / Dirk, in the triangle of the Syrian-Iraqi-Turkish border, killing one person and injuring a Syrian civilian.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS323

Incident date

October 12, 2019

Location

Salihiya, Ras al Ain, Hasakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two medical staff of the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC) were reported wounded when alleged Turkish airstrikes struck a KRC medical centre in a school in Salhiya, sources on the ground said.

@NPA_SY reported: “Turkish air strikes hit a Kurdish Red Crescent medical center in a school in the village of Salhiya, southeastern countryside of Ras Al-Ain, Saturday morning. Some media staff were injured.”

The Kurdish Red Crescent reported: “Around 7- 7:15 am the Trauma Stabilization Point (TSP) set up by KRC in Salihiye village, south of Ras Al Ain, has been hit by what we believe was an airstrike. The TSP was temporarily placed there to support injured persons, 15 minutes away from the front line of RAA. Two KRC staff were injured. Four patients where inside of the TSP but they were not further injured and the staff referred them to Tel Tamer hospital. Two ambulances have been damaged. Both them and staff were clearly displaying KRC logo. KRC staff on the ground report that the airstrike was not nearby but believed they were directly targeted. As a result, the two ambulances were out of the services and the driver and the paramedic were injured. ”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mahjoub Sa'ud Hsso Age unknown male injured
  • Dldar Abdulkarim Dawood Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS322

Incident date

October 12, 2019

Location

Xerbi neighbourhood, Qamishli, Hasakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

Multiple sources reported that an unspecified number of civilians were wounded in alleged Turkish shelling of the Xerbi neighbourhood, Qamishli.

Rojnews said:  “The occupied Turkish army bombed the neighborhood of Xerbî (Rojava) near the town of al-Qamishli. The occupied Turkish army bombed the neighborhood of Xerbî (Rojava) near the town of al-Qamishli. As a result, civilians were injured. No information was provided on the numbers and their status.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]