Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TI038B

Incident date

June 17, 2021

Location

قرية سيدان, Sidan village in the Nairoh-Rikan region, Dohuk, Iraq

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reported killed in alleged Turkish shelling on Sida/Sidan village on June 19th, 2020.

Darkamazi.net named the three victims as Aazad Mahdi ShjiDamhat Omar Ormari and Mukhlis Adam Kukri. The source said that “on Friday, June 19th, 2020, that the war planes of the occupying Turkish state had targeted the areas of Niruh-Rikan and Barwari Bala, and that three martyrs from the people of Southern Kurdistan were near their villages.”

Two citizens were killed in the vicinity of Sidae village in the Nairoh-Rikan region, and another citizen in Barwari Bala district, in the vicinity of the village of “Darkla Messi Bey”,was killed as a result of the Turkish shelling of the area.

Mahdi Rekani, the father of Azad Mahdi who was among the victims, said that “His son Azad Mahdi aged 26, and two friends, Mukhlis Adam and Deman Omar both aged 28, all construction workers, were heading to Shaji, a village in Sheladiz sub district, for a picnic. Rekani, who had been speaking to his son on the phone, said that between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m., Mahdi parked his car on a small road outside a village near Sida village. As they were walking from the car, an airstrike killed all three.”

In April 2021, the Guardian published a piece on Turkey attacks in Iraq and interviewed the family of Mukhis Adam, whose daughter, three months old by the time of the interview, was born after he was killed.

According to the paper, “Adam’s car was hit by a Turkish airstrike while he was on the way to a picnic in June last year. Human Rights Watch interviewed witnesses who raised the possibility that the men may have been stopped at a PKK checkpoint moments before being targeted.”

His family burned his pictures in grief.

According to Rudaw, the bodies were burned so they first were able to identify two of the victims who were described as aged between 30 – 40 years old. The source said that this particular incident caused fear among the residents.

No further information is available.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Family of Mukhlis Adam at his grave. He was allegedly killed in a Turkish attack on June 19th, 2020. (via the Guardian).
  • Family of Adam Mukhlis with his new born daughter who he was killed before seeing, allegedly by a Turkish airstrike. (via the Guardian).

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]