Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

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Incident Code

YS085

Incident date

January 29, 2020

Location

عفرين, Afrin , Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One child was killed and thirteen civilians, all adult males, were injured in alleged YPG artillery strikes on residential areas of the city of Afrin, Aleppo governorate, on January 29th, 2020, according to local sources.

The Syrian Civil Defence reported the death of 13-year-old Ahmed Tammam Qatayerji. They listed the names of 13 injured men. The severity of the injuries was not reported.

Local activists told SMART News Agency that SDF forces stationed near Al Ahlam mountain – which reportedly is under control of the pro-Turkey faction the Syrian National Army – targeted Assiyasiah wa Fillat street ( شارعي السياسية و الفيلات ). Horrya, however, reported that SDF forces stationed in Maranaz were responsible for the artillery strikes, which hit civilian homes. Zaitun Agency reported that Qsad militarias stationed south of Afrin were responsible.

Qassioun reported that several shells landed on different locations in the city, mentioning the Commandos School, the first road to Jandares, next to Afrin Flowers Mall, Freedom Square, behind Nayrouz roundabout and opposite to Kabso restaurant. Aramme News mentioned the location of Raju Road near Saif al-Dawla school.

One source, Dwarozh, blamed pr-Turkey militants for the incident. The source read: “Pro-Turkey militants bombed the city of Afrin, Wednesday night, killing a child and wounding 13 others, all of them civilians. ”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers working in a damaged building after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching a damaged building after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers working in a damaged building after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers inspecting a vehicle after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
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    Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured young man in what seems to be a hospital after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured man in what seems to be a hospital after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS084

Incident date

January 20, 2020

Location

عفرين, Afrin, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least one child and one woman were killed in alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin, Aleppo governorate on January 20th, 2020. Up to five civilians, including two children, were injured, as reported by local sources.

The Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that “the child Muhammad Mar’i and Mrs. Turfah Meqdeh were killed as Syrian Democratic forces fired shells on Al Shari’ya neighbourhood in Afrin city in the northern suburbs of Aleppo governorate, on January 20.” The Syrian Civil Defence reported the death of the child Mohamed Buraei and Tarfa Maqdah. As all sources mention one killed boy, it is likely that sources reported on the same victim. In a statement to Enab Baladi, Ibrahim Abu Al-Laith, director of the media office for the Syrian Civil Defense in Aleppo, stated that the killed woman was 19 years old.

@abowaelo tweeted a photo of a baby in the hospital, stating that the mother of the child was killed during the shelling earlier that day and that doctors managed to save the child by a caesarean operation on the deceased mother. The mother was displaced from Al Midan neighbourhood in Damascus. It is unclear if this victim is the same victim identified as Tarfa Maqdah, although all sources reported one killed woman.

The SCD reported two injured: the children Mehyar Khalaf and Saleh Buraei. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, “‘Kurdish forces carried out rocket attacks from their deployment positions in northern rural Aleppo.” SOHR reported five injured, including children and women.

Whereas @abowaelo reported that the incident occured in the morning, Zaman Al Wasl stated it occurred in the afternoon. Whereas most sources blamed the SDF, @naserhmedi reported that PKK forces fired three missiles onto the city.

The incident occured during the day.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1–2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers carrying a wounded or killed person after alleged YPG artillery strikes on Afrin, Aleppo governorate, on January 20th, 2020 (via SN&HR).
  • A child receiving medical care in the hospital after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin, Aleppo governorate, on January 20th, 2020 (via @aboalnoor123).
  • A man and child receiving medical care in the hospital after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin, Aleppo governorate, on January 20th, 2020 (via @aboalnoor123).
  • A child was saved by a cesarean operation on her deceased mother, who was killed in alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 20th, 2020 (via @abowaelo).
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    The body of a child, who as reportedly killed in alleged YPG artillery strikes on Afrin, January 20th, 2020 (via @almaleh_amjad).

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (1–2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS083

Incident date

January 16, 2020

Location

اعزاز, Azaz, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to ten civilians were injured in alleged SDF or Syrian regime artillery strikes on the city of Azaz, Aleppo governorate, on January 16th, 2020, according to local sources.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored “a missile strike carried out by the ‘Kurdish forces’ stationed in Maranaz within the northern sector of Aleppo countryside, targeting the city of Azaz under the control of the ‘Turkish forces’ and the factions loyal to it, which resulted in the injury of 8 civilians of varying injuries, including 3 children under the age of 18.”

Smart News reported that Ibrahim Al Laith, director of media of the Syrian Civil Defence, stated that nine civilians were wounded due to shelling by the SDF. Al Laith further reported that the shelling resulted into the burning of a civilian car and the destruction of houses. Local activists, however, told SMART that the Qasd militia, stationed near Meng military airport, were responsible.

Activist Bashar Al Faris told Horrya that an SDF militia based in Maranaz fired six rockets into Azaz at 4:15 PM, resulting into 9 injured civilians, including three children. SyriaTV reported that six Katyusha rockets were fired.

Bas News provided context, stating that the SDF and militias loyal to the Turkish army had erupted on January 16th. Their source stated that “militias loyal to the Turkish army bombed the sites of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the regime in the countryside of Tal Rifaat and the Ming airport in the northern countryside of Aleppo without receiving any reports of human losses.

A Kurdish source familiar with the region told Bas News that “a mutual bombing took place between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the militias loyal to the Turkish army in Azaz in the countryside of Aleppo, which resulted in injuries.”

The incident occured at approximately 4:15 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via @t53roiVLcFnzQap).
  • Damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via @t53roiVLcFnzQap).
  • Damage after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via @t53roiVLcFnzQap).
  • Footage of the aftermath of alleged SDF or Syrian regime artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16ht, 2020 (via @SY_plu)s).
  • Photo of a damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via Al Atareb).
  • Damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via Al Atareb).
  • Photo of a damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via Al Atareb).

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS082

Incident date

December 28, 2019

Location

عون الدادات , Aoun Al Dadat - Manbej, Aleppo , Syria

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that a sniper on a checkpoint belonging to SDF/YPG shot dead a civilian in Aoun al Dadat village in Manbej, Aleppo on December 28th, 2019.

Shaam Netowk reported that “Mohamed Sheikho Al-Hamloush, known as ‘Abu Al-Miz’, from Aoun Al-Dadat village, was transporting a passenger by his motorcycle to the village separating between  Manbij and Jarabulus, when SDF shot him with a sniper that settled in his head and consequently ended his life”. The passenger that was with him was also reported injured and taken to a hospital in Manbej.

@hyfenlaren said the victim’s name is Munther Sheikho Al-Hamloush. 

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    A civilian was reported shot dead allegedly by YPG/SDF snipers on Dec 28th 2019, in Aoun al Dadat village in Aleppo, Syria. (via @hyfenlaren).

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS081

Incident date

December 9, 2019

Location

Afrin, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Several civilians were reportedly wounded in an alleged YPH artillery shelling of Afrin, according to multiple local sources.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS080

Incident date

December 3, 2019

Location

اعزاز, Azaz, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, one woman was reported killed and 15 other civilians including 8 children and 2 women were injured in alleged YPG shelling on Azaz, Aleppo in Syria on December 3rd, 2019.

The woman killed was identified as Zalikha Ahmed Kasaiba, 36 years old.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • One woman killed and seven including two women injured. (via SCD)
  • Aftermath of an alleged YPG mortar shelling on Azaz (via Halab Today)
  • A child injured in alleged YPG shelling on Azaz (via Syria TV).

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS079

Incident date

December 1, 2019

Location

أبو راسين, Abo Rasin, Hasaka, Syria

Airwars assessment

Local sources reported that the civilian Abdul Hamid Al-Abdullah from Al Arada village was executed by YPG/SDF forces on a checkpoint in Abu Rasin in Haskah on December 1st, 2019.

No more details are available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Abdul Hamid Al-Abdullah Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS078

Incident date

December 1, 2019

Location

حي العزيزية, Al Aziziya neighborhood, Hasaka, Syria

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reported executed by YPG in Hai Al Aziziya in Hasakah on December 1st 2019, according to local sources.

It was reported that Abdulwahed Khalil Al Kalash was shot dead when he tried to prevent YPG from demolishing his house that they deemed illegal and without a license.

Minbar Al Hasakah said that the victim is married, has two children and from Al Jbour tribe.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Abdelwahed Khalil Al Kalash was reported executed by YPG.

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG forces

Sources (11) [ collapse]