Turkish Military in Iraq & Syria

An internally displaced Kurdish family in northern Iraq, 2016 (Maranie R. Staab)

Belligerent
Turkish Military
Country
Iraq
Syria
start date
end date
Civilian Harm Status
Belligerent Assessment
Declassified Documents

Incident Code

TS538

Incident date

August 4, 2022

Location

تل رفعت, Tel Rifaat, Shahba, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Seven to nine people, including up to seven children, were “seriously” injured by an alleged Turrkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat city centre, in the Aleppo countryside on August 4th 2022.

Hawar News also reported that this attack “resulted in injuries” but did not state how many.

ANHA reported that the names of the nine injured people were: Donia Othman, aged 6, Mahmoud Gharib Mamo, aged 6, and Hussein Jamal Qassem, aged 7, Evelyn Abdel Rahman Haider, aged 13, Orivan Muhammad Abdo, aged 15, Ronahi Selo, aged 27, Hussein Bayram Aklo, aged 43, Sabah Hanan Hamo, aged 10, Arzia Ahmed Rasho, aged 23.

ANHA also reported that according to the medical staff in Afrin Hospital, Mahmoud Gharib Mamo, aged 6, was injured critically and is not stable. He was transferred to the city of Aleppo for a head injury.

Evelyn Abdel Rahman Haider, aged 13, who was injured told ANHA that she “was at home when my friend asked me to go eat ice cream and on our way suddenly we heard a loud explosion that occured near us and I fainted, and I only remember that someone carried me and put me in the car where I was taken to Tel Rifaat Hospital.”

The mother of Evelyn said that “not a day passes without being bombarded by the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries, and today my daughter and a number of children were injured as a result of the bombing.”

One family of injured children told ANHA that “our children are deprived of even playing as a result of the bombing.”

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there is a Russian base there.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Donia Othman 6 years old female injured
  • Mahmoud Gharib Mamo 6 years old male injured
  • Hussein Jamal Qassem 7 years old male injured
  • Evelyn Abdel Rahman Haider 13 years old female injured
  • Orivan Muhammad Abdo 15 years old male injured
  • Ronahi Selo 27 years old male injured
  • Hussein Bayram Aklo 43 years old male injured
  • Sabah Hanan Hamo 10 years old female injured
  • Arzia Ahmed Rasho 23 years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–9
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

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    Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
  • Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
  • Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
  • Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
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    Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
  • Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
  • Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
  • Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)
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    Photos of those injured by alleged Turkish drone strike in Tel Rifaat, Aleppo on August 4th 2022 (Images via Hawar News)

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military 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
    7–9
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS537

Incident date

July 30, 2022

Location

قرية السلماسه, Al-Salamsa village, countryside of Tal Tamr, Al-Hassakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were injured, one young man and a girl, in alleged Turkish shelling in the village of Al-Salamsa, in the countryside of Tal Tamr, in Al-Hassakah, Syria on July 30th 2022.

The injured were named by ANHA as Majda Khader al-Bibi, aged 16, and her brother, Hatem Khader al-Bibi, aged 24. They were reportedly taken to hospital.  A medical source at the Legarin Hospital told North Press Agency that they had recieved treatment and that their condition was stable.

The bombing was also reported to cause damage to civilian homes in the village.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Majda Khader al-Bibi 16 years old female injured
  • Hatem Khader al-Bibi 24 years old male

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
    Turkish Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Injured reportedly from Turkish shelling on Tal Tamr in Al-Hassakah on July 30th 2022 (Image via الجوكر نيوز Joker news / Facebook)
  • Injured reportedly from Turkish shelling on Tal Tamr in Al-Hassakah on July 30th 2022 (Image via الجوكر نيوز Joker news / Facebook)

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS536

Incident date

July 30, 2022

Location

قرية لم الخير, Umm al-Khair village, Tal Tamr, Al-Hassakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least seven and up to ten civilians, including women and children, were reported injured in an alleged Turkish bombardment targeting Umm al-Khair village, in the countryside of Tal Tamr, in Al-Hassakah, Syria, on July 30th 2022.

According to ANHA, the names and ages of those injured are as followed:  “Laila Omar Saleh, 4 years old, was subjected to shrapnel in the face, Juri Omar Saleh, 25 years old, was subjected to shrapnel in the hand, and Ahmed Muhammad Al-Mohammed, 60 years old, sustained injuries all over his body and his health condition is critical. A year-old was subjected to shrapnel in the abdomen and another in the chest, Hilwa Ezzo Awad, 63 years old, was subjected to shrapnel in the chest, Naim Muhammad Wazou, 30 years old, who was bruised, Nawras Hamid Antar, 25 years old, was bruised and Safa Ahmed Ali, 25 years old, from Umm al-Khair village, her health condition is stable.” Other names not reported by ANHA were Omar Hussein Diab and Nofa Alawi Al-Ali, aged 60 years old.

Local sources reported that the Internal Security Forces announced that seven civilians were injured. In the aftermath, North Press Agency reported that this rose to nine.  Most other local sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that ten civilians were injured as the final number. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that in addition, one Syrian regime soldier had been injured too.

North Press Agency reported that People’s Hospital in Al-Hassakah recieved three wounded civilians, Nofa, Halwa and Ahmad. Ahmad had fracture in his right humerus and shrapnel in the ambomen, and was reported to be in a critical condition.

Halwa Al-Awad said, “we were in our village, sleeping on the rooftop, and all of a sudden, the shelling started hitting us.” She told the North Press Agency that the bombardment was not targeting any military positions, but “only civilians.”

North Press Agency reported that the town of Tel Tamr has been under attack by the Turkish military and its affiliated armed opposition faction, known as the Syrian National Army (SNA) for more than two years.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Laila Omar Saleh 4 years old female injured
  • Juri Omar Saleh 25 years old injured
  • Ahmed Muhammad Al-Mohammed 60 years old male injured
  • Hilwa Ezzo Awad 63 years old male injured
  • Naim Muhammad Wazou 30 years old male injured
  • Safa Ahmed Ali 25 years old
  • Omar Hussein Diab Age unknown male
  • Nofa Alawi Al-Ali 60 years old

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    7–10
  • 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
    Turkish Military
  • Belligerents reported injured
    1

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • North Press Agency reported that three of the injured arrived in the People's Hospital in Al-Hassakah on July 30th 2022 (Image via NPA)

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military 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
    7–10
  • 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
    Turkish Military
  • Belligerents reported injured
    1

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS535

Incident date

July 26, 2022

Location

قرية شيخ عيسى , Sheikh Issa village, Tal Rifaat, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.478306, 37.146936 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One civilian was killed and three to five civilians were injured as a result of an alleged Turkish attack on Sheikh Issa village, in Tal Rifaat, Aleppo, Syria on July 26th 2022.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that three women and a man were injured, whilst ANHA Arabic reported that six women were injured. According to the ANHA news correspondent, the names of those injured were Rawash Rasho, aged 50, Lamia Hassan, aged 41, Kawthar Mustafa, aged 17, Fawzia Rasho, aged, 20 years old, Sawsan Mustafa and Atriya Shobak, aged 20 and that all of them were transferred to the hospital for treatment.

On August 1, 2022, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that one of the women that was injured died from the injuries she sustained.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, over 50 rocket and artillery shells were fired, most which landed in this area, along with the flying of Turkish reconnaissance aircraft in the area.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Rawash Rasho 50 years old female injured
  • Lamia Hassan 41 years old female injured
  • Kawthar Mustafa 17 years old male injured
  • Fawzia Rasho 20 years old female injured
  • Sawsan Mustafa Age unknown female injured
  • Atriya Shobak 20 years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Between four and six civilians were injured in an alleged Turkish attack on Sheikh Issa village, Aleppo on July 26th 2022 (Image via ANHA Arabic / Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Sheikh Issa (قرية شيخ عيسى ), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.478306, 37.146936. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military 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
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS534

Incident date

July 26, 2022

Location

قرية صيدا, Seyda village, Ain Issa, Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

36.392991, 38.862918 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One civilian was killed and one civilian was injured as a result of an attack on July 26th 2022 by an alleged Turkish drone strike struck Seyda village, in the Ain Isa district, Raqqa, Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the drone hit a car with a missile.

Hawar News reported that the civilians injured were Ali Khalil Omar, aged 20, and Ahmed Al-Khidir, aged 21. Al-Khidir was reported to have been critically injured and transferred to Al-Raqqa hospitals for treatment. ANHA and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights later reported that he died of the wounds that he sustained in this attack the day after.

Omar was taken to Omar Alloush Hospital in the Ain Issa district centre and his condition was reported as stable.

The correspondent for Hawar News added that the drone strike occurred “in front of the “Trad” gas station on the international road at the northern entrance to the Ain Issa district”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ali Khalil Omar 20 years old male injured
  • Ahmed Al-Khidir 21 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Ali Khalil Omar, aged 20, was injured and Ahmed Al Khidir, aged 21, was killed after an alleged Turkish drone strike hit the Ain Issa area on July 26th 2022 (Image via ANHA English / Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Trad Al Hamid Petrol Station (محطة طراد الحميد للمحروقات), within the village of Seyda (قرية صيدا), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.392991, 38.862918. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Seyda are: 36.401948, 38.864291.

Turkish Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS533

Incident date

July 25, 2022

Location

تل زيوان, Tal Ziwan, Al Hassakah, Syria

Geolocation

37.058585, 41.355114 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

On July 25th 2022, an alleged Turkish shelling left civilians wounded in Tal Ziwan village, northeast of Al Qamishli, in Al Hassakah, Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that an officer in the Syrian regime forces was injured in this bombardment, carried out by Turkish forces stationed at the border outposts in this area, and that the injury was among “the presence of wounded civilians”. No sources indicated the number of civilians who were injured in this attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    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
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Tal Ziwan (تل زيوان), for which the generic coordinates are: 37.058585, 41.355114. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military 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
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS532

Incident date

July 24, 2022

Location

آيا صوفيا, Aya Sophia, Hama, Syria

Geolocation

35.34220016, 36.40379506 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were killed and up to 12 others were wounded when alleged Turkish-supported militants or the Syrian regime launched drones or rockets at the Aya Sophia Church in the city of al-Suqaylabiyah on July 24, 2022.

Step News Agency quoted the Syrian regime-controlled news agency “SANA” who reported that “terrorists” missiles struck a religious celebration of the opening of the Aya Sophia Church in the city of al-Suqaylabiyah, resulting in the death of two people and the injury of 11 others. The opening ceremony was open to the public and started at 11 o’clock on Sunday July 24th.

North Press Agency reported that two people were killed and 12 others were injured in the attack.  Baladi News provided the name one of the people killed: Hisham Elias.

Baladi News reported that the ceremony was attended by “high-ranking Russian military figures, such as delegates from the Hmeimim Airport, the commander of the Russian Sahelian forces, religious and political figures, in addition to the presence of military figures in the regime forces and leaders of the National Defense militias.” The Cradle specified that the commander of the Syrian National Defense Forces (NDF) in Hama, Nabeul al-Abdullah, was in attendance.

According to Aleteia, the explosion took place “15 meters from the families and the archbishops of Hama, Nicolas Baalbaki, and Homs, Georges Abou Zahem, gathered in front of the building.” The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, John X, condemned the attack saying, “Our children in Suqaylabiyah are paying the price of their faith with blood. What happened in Suqaylabiyah is a despicable and reprehensible act of terrorism.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights pointed out that the location of the explosion is in an area under the control of the Syrian Regime forces and is inhabited by citizens of the Christian faith. Aleteia added that the area is also home to rebel groups, some of them supported by Turkey.

The Cradle also added the context that the church was being built as a “replica” of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque and that the construction was being supported by the Russians as well.

Baladi News reported that while SANA referred to the attack as being described as “a gunmen’s missile attack”, pages affiliated with the National Defense Militia said that a drone had dropped bombs, not missile shelling. The Cradle attributed what they referred to as the rocket attack and suicide drone attack to “Al-Qaeda affiliated Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)”, referring to the attack as being carried out by “Turkish backed rebels”.

Up until now, both the Syrian regime and Syrian opposition groups have denied involvement in the attack. “The [regime] did the attack so they had an excuse to target Idlib, so that they could tell the world ‘See, Idlib targets Christians and civilians,'” Fared al-Mahool, an independent journalist and photographer in Idlib covering the humanitarian crisis in Syria, told The New Arab. However, Nabal Abdallah, the commander of the Hama branch of the regime-affiliated National Defense Forces (NDF), told The New Arab that “The attack was conducted by the terrorists and mercenaries that work for Turkey. The attack was on all those that support civilisation, humanity, happiness and life,” . Abdallah was injured during the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Hisham Elias Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–12
  • 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, Syrian Regime
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Russian Military
  • Belligerents reported injured
    1

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Opening of the Aya Sophia Church in the city of al-Suqaylabiyah, which was struck with missiles allegedly launched by Turkish forces on July 24, 2022. (Image posted by Step Agency)
  • People gathered at the opening of the Aya Sophia Church in the city of al-Suqaylabiyah, which was struck with missiles allegedly launched by Turkish forces on July 24, 2022. (Image posted by Step Agency)
  • Fire and damage caused by impact of missile strike on Opening of the Aya Sophia Church in the city of al-Suqaylabiyah, which was struck with missiles allegedly launched by Turkish forces on July 24, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
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Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Aya Sophia (آيا صوفيا) church being struck in the city of Al Suqaylabiyah (السقيلبية). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the exact location of the strike to these coordinates: 35.34220016, 36.40379506.

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Turkish Military Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–12
  • 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, Syrian Regime
  • Suspected targets
    Assad regime, Russian Military
  • Belligerents reported injured
    1

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS531

Incident date

July 24, 2022

Location

قرية مجيبيره, Mujbayrah village, Hassakah, Syria

Geolocation

36.809285, 40.191507 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One civilian was killed by a reported Turkish artillery and rocket fire when it struck Mujbayrah village, Tel Tamr in Al Hassakah, Syria, on July 24th 2022. Four to five others, including two women, were injured.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the bombardment resulted in the death of one civilian in Mujbayrah village and the injury of eight others, including a woman and two children, in the area from Abu Rasin (Zarkan) to Tel Tamr countryside. However, the source did not specify whether the injuries occurred in in Tel Tamr or Zarkan district.

North Press Agency provided the name of the victims: Hassan Ibrahim was killed and Farhan Ali, 50 and Wadha Omar, 70, who are from Mujbayrah, Fayez Mahmoud, 19, from Khashmah, and Rajiha Yassen, 65, from Bab al-kheir were wounded. A source in the Tel Tamr Military Council also told North Press Agency that “one of Tawila’s residents got wounded due to the shelling”.

Hawar News reported that one civilian was killed and four others, including two women, were injured when Turkish forces launched a violent bombardment on Tel Tamr.

North Press Agency added that the shelling in the Hassakah by Turkish forces and their affiliates “left the Tel Tamr power transformer station out of service for the 27th time since the beginning of 2022.” The villages in Tel Tamr that were affected by the shelling were “Tawila, Tel Shanan, Umm al-Keif, the vicinity of the Russian Military Base, Tel Juma’, Ghaybish, al-Mujibera, Bab al-Kheir, and al-Khashma” in northern and western countryside of Tel Tamr”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Hassan Ibrahim Age unknown male from Mujbayrah killed
  • Farhan Ali 50 years old from Mujbayrah injured
  • Wadha Omar 70 years old from Mujbayrah injured
  • Fayez Mahmoud 19 years old from Khashmah injured
  • Rajiha Yassen 65 years old from Bab al-kheir injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
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  • A wounded elderly woman due to the Turkish shelling of her village. (Image posted by North Press Agency)
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    One of the victims of the alleged Turkish bombardment of villages in Tel Tamr in Al Hassakah, Syria, on July 24th 2022. (Image posted by Hawar News)
  • One of the victims of the alleged Turkish bombardment of villages in Tel Tamr in Al Hassakah, Syria, on July 24th 2022. (Image posted by Hawar News)
  • One of the victims of the alleged Turkish bombardment of villages in Tel Tamr in Al Hassakah, Syria, on July 24th 2022. (Image posted by Hawar News)
  • One of the victims of the alleged Turkish bombardment of villages in Tel Tamr in Al Hassakah, Syria, on July 24th 2022. (Image posted by Hawar News)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Mujbayrah (مجيبيره), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.809285, 40.191507. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Turkish Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–5
  • 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
    Turkish Military

Sources (5) [ collapse]