Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

IRI005

Incident date

November 14, 2022

Location

كويسنجق, Koysanjaq district, Erbil, Iraq

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed and up to 10 others were injured by alleged Iranian drone and rocket strikes in the city of Koya on November 14, 2022.

Rudaw News reported that according to Koya’s mayor Tariq Haydari at 8:49am, four missiles struck the Koysanjaq district. Saman Barzinji, the Kurdistan Region’s health minister, told Rudaw that at least one person was killed and eight others were wounded. Shafaq later revised the numbers from mayor Tariq Haydari to two civilians killed and eight wounded.

The mayor of Quesanjaq district, Tariq Taydari, also told Shafaq News Agency that a civilian died because his heart stopped beating during the Iranian bombing, noting that the civilian suffered from a heart condition. The civilian that died is included in the count of one civilian killed and eight others injured. Alarabiya put the number of casualties at one person killed and 10 others wounded by rocket strikes in the city of Koye while the New York Times reported that at least two people were killed and nine others were wounded.

Shafaq News stated that the Iranian missiles fell on the headquarters of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI). Aljazeera quoted an Iranian Kurdish rights group who posted on Twitter that the strikes hit the Komala Party’s base in Sulaimaniyah with six drones and the KDPI’s base near Erbil with four missiles. The New York Times stated that KDPI announced that two of its members were killed and at least nine were severely wounded at its main base near Koya. The director of Koya’s main hospital, Sherwan Jalal, said ambulances had been dispatched but could not enter the base because of the continued danger of airstrikes and that it was possible there were more victims under the rubble.

According to Rudaw News, Telegram accounts affiliate with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claimed responsibility for the attack, in addition to reports that Iran has been shelling the mountainous areas of Bradost, where units of Komala and the KDPI are located. The New York Times also quoted Iran’s “semiofficial Fars News Agency”. who stated that the security forces had targeted “terrorist groups”. Kurdistan24 reported that the attacks involved both missiles and drones, with the New York Times specifying that Iranian Fateh-110 ballistic missiles were used.

Following the strikes, Shafaq reported that Kurdish refugee camps were evacuated and five schools were suspended and the students were transferred to other schools due to fear of repeat bombings.

The incident occured at 08:49:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • 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
    Iranian Military

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Alleged Iranian shelling in the Koysanjaq district of Erbil governorate on November 14, 2022. (Image posted by Shafaq News)
  • Video | Iranian bombardment with missiles targeting Koysanjaq district in Sulaymaniyah governorate, wounding ten people as an initial outcome. Follow our platforms on social media
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    One of the civilians injured by alleged Iranian shelling in the Koysanjaq district of Erbil governorate on November 14, 2022. (Image posted by دهوكツ Dohuk via Facebook)
  • Alleged Iranian shelling in the Koysanjaq district of Erbil governorate on November 14, 2022. (Image posted by دهوكツ Dohuk via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by alleged Iranian shelling in the Koysanjaq district of Erbil governorate on November 14, 2022. (Image posted by Alhadath)
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    (Image posted by Haedar Aljaff اخبار خانقين via Facebook)

Iranian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Iranian Military
  • Iranian Military 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
    1 – 2
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • 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
    Iranian Military

Sources (13) [ collapse]