Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TI064

Incident date

July 30, 2021

Location

سنكسر, Sinksar, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Geolocation

36.247593, 45.006833 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two civilians, or members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were killed in alleged Turkish airstrikes on the village of Sinksar, Sulaymaniyah governorate on July 30, 2021, according to local media reports.

Mawazin News reported that the director of the Snaksar district in Sulaymaniyah, Nehru Abdullah, said in a press statement “During the past 24 hours, Turkish planes bombed the Qandil Mountains and the surrounding villages in search of PKK fighters, killing two civilians who were on a motorbike in the Sinksar area of Bashdar district in the Raparin district administration. Abdullah added, “It is not known to which side the two victims belonged so far, and we could not verify the matter due to fears of repeated bombing”.

@AnatoliaIntel reported: “In the operation carried out by the MIT in the Kandil region, 2 PKK terrorists in civilian clothes were neutralized while driving on motorcycles.”

24 AE also quoted Abdullah as saying that “civilians are worried and terrified as a result of the repeated bombing of Turkish planes, which is causing the burning of forests and farms in villages.”

Firat News Agency also reported that two people were killed on a motorcycle in the bombing and that “Turkish planes have been bombing the slopes of Mount Qandil for more than 24 hours”.

A page dedicated to martyrs of the People’s Defence Units (HPG) said two of their members died in the Qandil mountain range on July 30th, 2021.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Turkish planes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
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    An image alleging to show the bodies of two Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) members who were killed in a Turkish airtstrike in the village of Sinksar, Sulaymaniyah governorate on July 30, 2021. Other sources allege the victims of the strike were civilians. (Uploaded by @AnatoliaIntel)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Sinksar (سنكسر), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.247593, 45.006833. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    2
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (10) [ collapse]