Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

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Civilian Harm Status
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Incident Code

TS550

Incident date

August 19, 2022

Location

شيموك, Shamouka, Hassakah, Syria

Geolocation

36.583348, 40.568733 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Five girls were killed and at least 11 others, mostly children, were injured when an alleged Turkish drone struck an educational facility in Shimoke village on August 19, 2022.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that four girls under the age of 18 were killed and 11 others were injured in Turkish drone strikes that hit a center called the “Girls Center” that is 45 kilometers from the Syria-Turkey border. SOHR noted that the center is for girls who had been recruited by “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah” (the Revolutionary Youth) and were being rehabilitated and returned back to their families by the SDF. A female commander of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) was visiting the center at the time of the strike.

Hawar News Agency provided the names of the four girls killed: Rania Atta, Zozan Zeidan, Dylan Ezz El Din, and Diana Alo. Jerusalem Post reported that the girls were born between 2002 and 2004 and quoted North Press who noted that “eyewitnesses reported at the time that ambulances transported many of the injured to hospitals in al-Hasakah.”

On September 5th, Hawar News reported that the child Slava Ramadan died from the wounds she sustained during the attack on the educational center.

The Mirror spoke with two of the girls that were at the school when the drone struck. “Renda Bakr, 17, and Novin Ezzat, 18 heard the buzz of the unmanned craft but, after that, it was all a blur of screams and blood…The first sound of trouble was the whirring of a reconnaissance drone, prowling the sky and poised to rain hell on innocent civilians. “There was so much fear, witnessing our friends being covered in blood, being burned, calling for their mums and suffering in pain. It was awful,” said Ms Bakr. “I don’t even have time to think or process what was going on, I was too scared to even comprehend what was going on.” Ms Bakr and Ms Ezzat loved school and loved their friends, but now living there is tarnished by the memories of the attack. Their injuries were much less worse than others, so they bundled people into makeshift ambulances and went to the hospital….”We heard a drone and suddenly it attacked us. There was blood all over the place and we kept hearing explosives and piercing screams”, says Ms Ezzat, who now has shrapnel stuck in her leg.”

@PopularFront_ tweeted that the girls that were killed were reportedly playing volleyball in the center’s courtyard when the drone struck. A tweet from @Awayen1 put the number of people injured at 17.

The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria released a statement condemning the attack that resulted in the death of four children and the injury of 11 girls, in addition to pointing our that the “girls learning center” is sponsored by the United Nations.

The Mirror reported that “the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Mr Imran Riza, the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Mr Muhannad Hadi and the UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Ms Adele Khodr expressed their “deep concern” on Saturday about the continuing escalation of hostilities in northern Syria.”

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve Commander Maj. Gen. John Brennan released a statement that “On the evening of Aug. 18, an armed unmanned aerial system struck a group of teenaged girls playing volleyball who were active in a United Nations educational outreach program in Hasakah. Initial reports indicate that the strike killed four and wounded several others. On behalf of CJTF-OIR, I condemn this attack and any others that kill and injure civilians.” The statement also went on to call for “immediate de-escalation from all parties and an end to activities that put at risk the significant battlefield gains the Coalition has made against ISIS.” A security source told North Press that a patrol of the Coalition was conducted in the spot of the attack earlier.

The incident occured during the night.

  • Rania Atta Child female killed
  • Zozan Zeidan Child female killed
  • Dylan Ezz El Din Child female killed
  • Diana Alo Child female killed
  • Renda Bakr 17 years old female injured
  • Novin Ezzat 18 years old female injured
  • Slava Ramadan Child female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (5 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–17
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Image of the four girls killed in alleged Turkish strikes on an education center in Hassakah on August 19, 2022. (Image posted by Hawar News Agency)
  • Image of the four girls killed in alleged Turkish strikes on an education center in Hassakah on August 19, 2022. (Image posted by Rudaw)
  • Residents of Manbij attend the funeral of the girls killed by a drone (Image posted by The Mirror)
  • Zozan Zedan laid to rest in her hometown Manbij (Image posted by The Mirror)
  • Ranya Eta, Dilan Ezedin, Zozan Zedan and Diyana Elo died and the clinic is still caring for 11 injured students (Image posted by The Mirror)
  • Funeral for the four girls who were killed by a drone strike in Hassakah (Image posted by @PopularFront_)
  • Funeral for the four girls who were killed by a drone strike in Hassakah (Image posted by @PopularFront_)
  • Funeral for the four girls who were killed by a drone strike in Hassakah (Image posted by @PopularFront_)
  • Funeral for the four girls who were killed by a drone strike in Hassakah (Image posted by @PopularFront_)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Shamouka (شيموك), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.583348, 40.568733. 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, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (5 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    11–17
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS149

Incident date

August 19, 2022

Location

مدينة الباب,, Al Bab city, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between nine to seventeen civilians were killed, including five to six children, and 26 to 42 others were injured, including eleven children, as a result of missile fire which hit a “crowded” marketplace and residential homes and a school in Al Bab city, Aleppo, Syria, on August 19th 2022. The missile fire was an alleged Syrian regime or SDF (PYD/PKK) action.  Local sources were reporting the event as the “Al Bab massacre” due to the high death toll.

One of the missiles hit the four way intersection known as Khamis Local Market in Al-Bab’s Al Sharqi neighbourhood, according to Syrian Network for Human Rights.

MMC reported that the death toll rose to 14 with up to 38 wounded including five civilians who remained unidentified.

One woman who was killed was allegedly displaced from Deir ez-Zor governorate. Another civilian reportedly killed, Tayseer Ramadan, was reportedly displaced from Maarat al-Numan. The Syrian Civil Defense reported that the area, Al Bab, has become “the last refuge for thousands of families that have been displaced by the regime forces and Russia and are living in an acute humanitarian crisis.”

MMC reported that the Director of the Media Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Farhad Shami said, “our forces have nothing to do with the bombing of the city of Al-Bab”, denying the responsibility of the PYD/PKK.  Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that six missiles hit the town of Al Bab and they have so far been unable to identify the source of the missiles. They believe that it is a result of either Syrian regime forces or by the Syrian Democratic Forces due to the location of the strike, coming from areas jointly controlled by both actors.

One volunteer from the Syrian Civil Defense reported, “everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood…it is clear that the criminal who bombed the city aimed to kill the largest number of civilians and children, because a missile targeted a school, and thank God, today is a holiday, otherwise the tragedy would have been greater.”

The incident occured during the day.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Mohamed Jihad Ramadan male killed
  • Tayseer Ramadan Age unknown male brother of Mohamed killed
  • Iyad Al-Mustafa Age unknown male killed
  • Juma Al Hamdan Age unknown male killed
  • Zahraa Al Hamdan Age unknown female killed
  • Mahmoud Al Suwid Child male killed
  • Ahmed Al Abdullah Age unknown male killed
  • Yasser Zeidan Child male killed
  • Mohammad Al Zaiter Child male killed
  • Ahmed Elhayani Age unknown male killed
  • Firas Al-Sloo Age unknown female killed
  • Abdul Hamid Al Shelash Age unknown male killed
  • Ahmed Taha Abu Yasser Age unknown male killed
  • Lhaled Havani Age unknown male injured
  • Majed Maatramawy Age unknown male injured
  • Mustafa Haj Hamdan Age unknown male injured
  • Ibrahim Sheikh Age unknown male injured
  • Ismail Al Nashif Age unknown male injured
  • Izdihar Al Taha Age unknown injured
  • Abdel Hamid Shalash Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Hakim Hussein Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Basit Al-Ezzo Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Karim Al Samou Age unknown male injured
  • Laith Al Mahmoud Age unknown male injured
  • Ali Mu'atal Age unknown male injured
  • Muhammad Al Suwaid Age unknown male injured
  • Bilal Al-Abdullah Age unknown male injured
  • Hassan Shalash Age unknown male injured
  • Abboud Al-Faki Age unknown male injured
  • Amira Al-Faki Age unknown female injured
  • Issa Al-Faki Age unknown injured
  • Walaa Al-Faki Age unknown injured
  • Elaf Al Faki Age unknown female injured
  • Elaf Al Faki Age unknown injured
  • Mays Maarawi Age unknown injured
  • Mahmoud Birawi Age unknown injured
  • Salma Huma Age unknown injured
  • Abdul Hadi Al Hammadi Age unknown male injured
  • Muhammad Al Tadfi Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Hadi Al Kadi Age unknown male injured
  • Mustafa Hamdan Age unknown male injured
  • Ahmed Hazoum Age unknown male injured
  • Ghabath Atabi Age unknown male injured
  • Ali Mu'atal Age unknown
  • Marwan Al-Khamis Child male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 17
  • (5–6 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    26–42
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, YPG

Sources (81) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Up to fourteen people were killed when missiles hit Al Bab centre including a busy marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EuphratsPostNews / Facebook)
  • Up to fourteen people were killed when missiles hit Al Bab centre including a busy marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EuphratsPostNews / Facebook)
  • Up to fourteen people were killed when missiles hit Al Bab centre including a busy marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EuphratsPostNews / Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported from the damaged marketplace after reportedly rescuing fourteen bodies, and more than 30 wounded civilians (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • HalabTodayTV reported "The number of victims of the bombing on the market of the city of #Al-Bab, east of #Aleppo, has risen to 14, and more than 30 wounded" (Image via Facebook)
  • Up to fourteen civilians were reported killed after contested missiles hit Al Bab marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via Sham)
  • Up to fourteen civilians were reported killed after contested missiles hit Al Bab marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EMC / Facebook)
  • Tayseer Ramadan was reportedly killed by a missile strike on Al Bab on August 19th 2022 (Image via MMC / Facebook)
  • @SyrianCoalition reported that civilians were crowding around blood donation centers after the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via Twitter)
  • @SyrianCoalition reported that civilians were crowding around blood donation centers after the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via Twitter)
  • @SyrianCoalition reported that civilians were crowding around blood donation centers after the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via Twitter)
  • Up to 42 people were reported wounded including many children after the Al-Bab Massacre on August 19th 2022 (Image via @abuhuzaifa_ / Twitter)
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    @DeirEzzorNow reported Civilian casualties were caused by missile shelling from areas controlled by the "regime and SDF" that targeted a popular market in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo (Image via Twitter)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that their teams treated the injured and retrieved the bodies after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that their teams treated the injured and retrieved the bodies after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that their teams treated the injured and retrieved the bodies after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • Sham News reported from the scene as the death toll rose after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Twitter)
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    "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Exclusive photo from SNHR showing the damage caused by the missile strike on the main road in the area known as al Khamis Local Market in al Bab city." (Image via SNHR)
  • "Exclusive photo from SNHR showing the damage caused by the missile strike on the main road in the area known as al Khamis Local Market in al Bab city." (Image via SNHR)
  • "Exclusive photo from SNHR showing the damage caused by the missile strike on the main road in the area known as al Khamis Local Market in al Bab city." (Image via SNHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
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    "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • Destruction after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 where up to fourteen people were killed (Image via @Syriacivildefe / Twitter)
  • “Everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood, at this moment, I already knew what the meaning of a bite dipped in blood." One Syrian Civil Defense volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • “Everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood, at this moment, I already knew what the meaning of a bite dipped in blood." One Syrian Civil Defense volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • “Everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood, at this moment, I already knew what the meaning of a bite dipped in blood." One Syrian Civil Defense volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • “Where did my son go, did he die or live??….there are many questions I encountered today while responding to the bombing that targeted the popular market in the city of Al-Bab," one mother told a Syrian Civil Defense Volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • The death toll according to the Syrian Civil Defense (Image via Twitter)
  • First responders after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via @samerdaboul6 / Twitter)
  • "Initial images of the missile attack on the city of Al-Bab" (Image via @Jabalybaraa / Twitter)
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    "Initial images of the missile attack on the city of Al-Bab" (Image via @Jabalybaraa / Twitter)
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    A photo of a child killed by a missile strike which has become known as the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via @jabalybaraa / Twitter)
  • Two young children reportedly killed in the "Al Bab Massacre"(Image via @Omar_Madaniah / Twitter)
  • Baladi News showed the destruction after the "Al Bab Massacre"
  • Baladi News showed the destruction after the "Al Bab Massacre"
  • "Pictures of wounded children, except for 15 martyrs, most of whom are children, and wounded, whose number exceeded 33, including 8 cases of amputation by missiles of the internationally authorized crime" (Image via @bkdadaksa / Twitter)
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    Graphic image of man carrying body part of one of the civilians killed during the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via @almo3tasem91 / Twitter)
  • A child reportedly killed during the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Abo Hareth / Facebook)
  • "The martyr of the Al-Bab massacre today, for those who know him, the news of his family is in Al-Bab Hospital" (Image via Saker Al Jazrawi / Facebook)
  • "Moved to God's mercy #Ahmed_Taha_Abu_Yasser, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the bombing that targeted the city of Al-Bab in the name of Al-Arouj. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return" (Image via Al Oruuj clan / Facebook)
  • "Moved to God's mercy #Ahmed_Taha_Abu_Yasser, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the bombing that targeted the city of Al-Bab in the name of Al-Arouj.
  • "Moved to God's mercy, the child Mahmoud Muhammad Al-Suwayd as a result of the bombing" (Image via Shareef / Facebook)
  • "The martyr, God willing, Marwan bin Muhammad Ali Khamis Al-Abrash, the funeral prayer at the Osama bin Zaid Mosque at three o’clock" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "The martyr, God willing, Ahmed Hayani" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "The martyr, God willing, Ahmed Hayani" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "The death of the child Yasser Zeidan as a result of the bombing" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "Praying for the funeral in Zamzam mosque after the afternoon prayer. Burial in the northern cemetery" (Image via Al Bab death / Facebook)
  • "The martyrdom of the child Muhammad Khalil Zuaiter" (Image via Al Bab Death / Facebook)
  • "The head and members of the local council of al-Bab city, the mayor of al-Bab, and the city’s attorney general, with the participation of the representative of the Syrian National Coalition, perform the duty of condolences to the families of the martyrs of the al-Bab city massacre, and check on the wounded in the city’s hospital." (Al Bab puls / Facebook)
  • "He passed away to the mercy of God Almighty, the martyr, God willing, Firas Mustafa Sabri Al-Sallo, succumbed to his wounds as a result of a missile attack this morning." (Image via AL Bab pul / Facebook)
  • "The child Marwan Al-Khamis from the city of Tadef, one of the martyrs of today" (Image via Al Bab puls)
  • "The names of the martyrs who were martyred this morning as a result of a missile attack on the city" (Image via Al Bab puls / Facebook)
  • "The names of the martyrs who were martyred this morning as a result of a missile attack on the city" (Image via Al Bab puls / Facebook)
  • "The martyrdom of the two young men, “Tayseer Ramadan” and his brother, “Mohamed Ramadan,” from the displaced people of the city of Maarat al-Numan, as a result of the missile shelling that targeted the city of al-Bab a while ago." (Image via Yusuf / Facebook)
  • "The martyrdom of the young man (("Mohamed Ramadan))" of the displaced from the city of #Maarat_al-Numan as a result of the missile shelling that targeted the city of #Al-Bab a while ago" Image via Malek Abo Yazan / Facebook)
  • "To God, the matter before and after belongs to God and to Him we shall return. The martyr, God willing, Iyad Ibrahim Al-Mustafa, may God have mercy on you and give patience to your family" (Image via Iyad Madmoud / Facebook)

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime 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
    9 – 17
  • (5–6 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    26–42
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, YPG

Sources (81) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4462

Incident date

August 18, 2022

Location

قرية كدورة, Kadora village, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were injured by alleged Russian or regime shelling of the village of Kadora on August 18, 2022.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that two civilians picking figs were injured by artillery shelling carried out by Russian or regime forces on a farm near Kadora village.

The majority of sources attributed the shelling to the Russian and regime forces while @abualisar18 identified only Russia as responsible.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested 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
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers help an injured civilian following shelling by alleged Russian or regime forces on August 18, 2022. (Image posted by SCD)

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian 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
    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
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Military, Syrian Regime

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS148

Incident date

August 18, 2022

Location

مارع, Marea, Al Bab, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was killed as a result of contested Syrian regime forces or Syrian Democratic Forces action on August 18th 2022 on the outskirts of Marea city, Al Bab, Aleppo.  Sham reported that “a number of civilians” were also wounded.

Sham reported that the civilian killed was identified as Muhammad Diaa Nasser, and was a young man.  According to Radio Al Kul, the missile hit his car and killed him instantly.

 

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Muhammad Diaa Nasser Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, YPG

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • One civilian was reportedly killed as a result of contested Syrian regime and SDF action on August 18th 2022 (Image via @Damaspost2 / Twitter)
  • One civilian was reportedly killed as a result of contested Syrian regime and SDF action on August 18th 2022 (Image via @Damaspost2 / Twitter)
  • One civilian was reportedly killed as a result of contested Syrian regime and SDF action on August 18th 2022 (Image via @Damaspost2 / Twitter)
  • One civilian was reportedly killed as a result of contested Syrian regime and SDF action on August 18th 2022 (Image via @Damaspost2 / Twitter)
  • Muhammad Zia Omar was killed reportedly by Syrian regime or SDF forces on August 18th 2022 in Marea (Image via @MMCSYR / Twitter)
  • Muhammad Zia Omar was killed reportedly by Syrian regime or SDF forces on August 18th 2022 in Marea (Image via SCD / Facebook)

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime 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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, YPG

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS548

Incident date

August 16, 2022

Location

بينه, Benna, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.465990, 36.993370 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A displaced child was injured in the village of Benna on August 16, 2022.

According to the correspondent for Hawar News Agency, a child displaced from the occupied village of Basel in Afrin was injured by Turkish shelling of the village of Benna in the Sherawa District. The child Ahmed Imad Ibish, 15 years old, sustained injuries to his head and feet.

Airwars did not find any additional information on this incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

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

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Child injured by alleged Turkish shelling of the village of Benna on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by Hawar news)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Benna (بينة), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.465990, 36.993370. 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
    Single source claim
  • 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
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Military

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS547

Incident date

August 16, 2022

Location

زركان, Zarkan, Hassakah, Syria

Geolocation

36.846389, 40.326944 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Subdistrict level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A child was injured in alleged Turkish shelling of the Zarkan sub-district on August 16, 2022.

Hawar News Agency reported that in the Zarkan sub-district, 11 year old Tamim Faisal Hamad was wounded by Turkish shelling on the district’s center. There was no other information available about victims of the shelling.

North Press Agency cited a military source who said that three Turkish shells hit a village in Zarkan.

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
    1
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the district of Zarkan (زركان), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.846389, 40.326944. 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
    1
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS546

Incident date

August 16, 2022

Location

قرية زورافا, Zorava village, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

A child was killed and up to seven others, including two children and a woman, were injured in alleged Turkish shelling of the city of Kobani and surrounding villages on August 16, 2022.

The Internal Security Forces in North and East Syria (Asayish) reported that artillery shelling of the city of Kobani resulted in the death of a 14 year old child and the injury of five civilians, including a woman and a child. The statement also pointed out that the shelling affected vital and service facilities.

According to Hawar News Agency, the child that was killed is Abid Muhammed Haji and the civilians injured in Kobane are aged between two and 40 years old. Hawar also specified the names of those injured: Abid Khalaf (40), Marwa Hamdo (40) from Seftik village, 2-year old child named Khalil Jihad Sheikho, and Ala Ibo (19). North Press Agency reported that at least two of the injured civilians were taken to Al-Amal Hospital.

A tweet from @Mustafa_Alali2 identified three people as being injured in addition to the child that was killed while Medya News reported that two civilians were hospitalized with severe injuries. The highest casualty count was that seven civilians were injured, including a woman and two children, provided by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which potentially includes injuries from other incidents that occurred in Syria on the same day.

Media News quoted North Press who stated that five high explosive shells hit the neighborhood of Martyr Batman in Kobane in addition to other villages in the western countryside of the city.

Reuters reported that the shelling started overnight and intensified throughout the day, according to residents and the local administration. Dilvin, a shopkeeper and married mother of one, said chaos broke out in Kobane during the shelling: “People started running everywhere, cars everywhere, people asking about their friends and their family. Then the sounds started to build, the sounds were everywhere. There was so much screaming. So much fear. Now everyone is locked up at home.”

The majority of sources that reported on the incident attributed the shelling to Turkish forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Destruction caused by alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by Rudaw News)
  • One of the civilians injured in alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by Hawar News Agency)
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    Civilians injured in alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by @Mustafa_Alali2)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Civilians injured in alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by @Mustafa_Alali2)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Civilians injured in alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by @farhad_shami)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Child killed in alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by @farhad_shami)
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    Graphic image of civilian victims of alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by Hawar News Agency)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Child killed in alleged Turkish shelling of Kobane on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by Kamishli - Qamişlo via Facebook)

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 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (23) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4461

Incident date

August 16, 2022

Location

كنصفرة, Kansafra, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least two people were killed and between one and two others were injured when a previous shelling remnant exploded in the town of Kansafra, south of Idlib on the 16th of August 2022.

The Syrian Civil Defense reported that two people were killed and another was injured. According to Syrian Network for Human Rights, Muhammad Omar Khalil and Saddam Dani were killed through the explosion of a landmine while harvesting figs between the villages Kansafra and al Fatira. A third person, Ahmad Aflouk was injured through the explosion, as reported by @jamlyyyyy. One local source, Shaam News, mentions that two civilians were injured, yet further information is not available.

A local reporter from Shaam News stated that the area was subjected to artillery shelling by allegedly Syrian regime forces immediately after the explosion, which hindered the arrival of civil defense teams being able to offer immediate aid to the victims.

The Syrian Civil Defense attributed the original source of the artillery shell that exploded to Russian or regime forces, while other sources reported that the source was unknown while @ZaitunAgency directly attributed the cluster bomb remnant to Russian forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Muhammad Omar Khalil Adult male killed
  • Saddam Dani Adult male killed
  • Ahmad Aflouk Age unknown injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Planted explosives and unexploded ordnance (UXO)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers assist a civilian injured by an artillery shell remnant allegedly launched by Russian and regime forces. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the two civilians killed by the remnants of a landmine that exploded on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by @jamlyyyyy)
  • One of the two civilians killed by the remnants of a landmine that exploded on August 16, 2022. (Image posted by @jamlyyyyy)

Russian Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Planted explosives and unexploded ordnance (UXO)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Russian Military

Sources (13) [ collapse]