Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TS274

Incident date

March 14, 2018

Location

عفرين, Afrin city centre, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.511389, 36.864167 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between 5 and 11 civilians including up to four children died and up to 25 more were wounded in an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre, according to local media in Syria.

Massoud Mohammad, a self-described journalist from Qamishli for Rojava, produced numerous reports on the event on Twitter. He put the death toll at five – including two children – with 25 more wounded.

One of his tweets said that Turkish artillery was randomly targeting residential neighbourhoods of Afrin city without care to any rules of war. He also tweeted a series of distressing images depicting casualties (many of them children) which were taken by journalist Azad Mirza @rojavapress1 who is covering the situation inside Afrin.

According to IC Afrin Resistance, at least 10 explosions were heard in the city. It added that despite the city is full of people, the attacks by the Turkish army were continuing. The source put the death count at six of which four were reportedly children, blaming Turkish airstrikes and shellings

Shervan Derwish (official spokesman for Manbij Military Council) put the death toll at seven, including one child, with 25 more non-combatants wounded.

The Boston Herald ran a story which mentioned the incident. It said: “Turkish forces shelled the Kurdish-held northern Syrian town of Afrin on Wednesday killing at least seven people, Kurdish forces reported Shells slammed into the heart of Afrin at dusk at intervals just second apart, forcing residents to rush for cover, according to the video published by the People’s Protection Units, known as the YPG.”

The highest death count was given by ANF, who reported the death of a family of 11 including two children and the wounding of the rest of the family.

ANHA named one fatality. Later ANF revealed two other.

Additionally, sources named 10 civilians who were wounded followed the incident.

In addition to two others, who were not identified. One who is 45 years old and the other a 6-year-old child.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 12
  • (2–4 children2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–44
  • 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 (34) [ collapse]

Media
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  • A picture shows fire followed an alleged Turkish airstrike or shelling on Afrin city centre (source: Hawar news)
  • An image shows fire in a residential area inside the city centre of Afrin followed an alleged Turkish airstrike or shelling (source: Hawar news)
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    A picture shows Aziz, 40 years old, killed followed an alleged Turkish airstrike or shelling on Afrin city centre (source: Hawar news)
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    A picture shows the two identified children 1- Kajin Ali & Mihemed Qishle, killed followed the alleged Turkish airstrike on (source: ANF New)
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    A picture shows a body lies in the rubble following an alleged Turkish airstrike or shelling on Afrin city centre (via Peshmerga Chali‏)
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    An image shows the victim Abdullah Bakr, 49 years, at the medical centre, injured following an alleged Turkish airstrike or artillery of Afrin city centre (source: ANHA)
  • A picture shows a damaged car followed an alleged Turkish airstrike or shelling on Afrin city centre (Source: Aire-cudi)
  • An image shows the aftermath of the airstrike or shelling by allegedly Turkish Army on Afrin city centre (Source: Aire-cudi)
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    A picture shows a child, injured following an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
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    An image shows a child being treated at the medical centre following an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
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    An image shows a child, killed following an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
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    A picture shows a child, injured following an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
  • An image shows smoke rising from the scene of a reported Turkish shelling "airstrikes and artillery" of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
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    An image shows a man being treated at the medical centre following an alleged Turkish shelling "airstrikes and artillery" of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
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    A picture shows a woman being treated at the hospital, following an alleged Turkish shelling "airstrikes and artillery" of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
  • An image shows smoke rising from the scene of a reported Turkish shelling "airstrikes and artillery" of Afrin city centre (Source: Massoud Mohammad)
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    An image shows a child being treated at the medical centre following an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre (source: Afrin now facebook)
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    An image shows a man at the medical centre, injured following an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre (source: Afrin now facebook)
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    An image shows a child being treated at the medical centre following an alleged Turkish shelling (airstrikes and artillery) of Afrin city centre (source: IC Afrin resistance)
  • An injured civilian is carried in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via Massoud Mohammad)
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    An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via Massoud Mohammad)
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    An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via Massoud Mohammad)
  • An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via Massoud Mohammad)
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    An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via Massoud Mohammad)
  • An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via IC afrin resistance)
  • An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via IC afrin resistance)
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    An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via IC afrin resistance)
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    A civilian casualty in the aftermath. (via ANF )
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    A video showing the exact moments the alleged Turkish airstrikes hit Afrin and the civilian casualties in the aftermath of the incident. (via SOHR)
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    An injured civilian receives medical treatment in the aftermath of an alleged Turkish airstrike on Afrin, 14th March 2018. (via Afrin Now)

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 12
  • (2–4 children2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–44
  • 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 (34) [ collapse]