Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TS323

Incident date

October 12, 2019

Location

Salihiye, Hassakah, Syria

Geolocation

36.692838, 40.229874 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two medical staff of the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC) were reported wounded when alleged Turkish airstrikes struck a KRC medical centre in a school in Salhiya, sources on the ground said.

@NPA_SY reported: “Turkish air strikes hit a Kurdish Red Crescent medical center in a school in the village of Salhiya, southeastern countryside of Ras Al-Ain, Saturday morning. Some media staff were injured.”

The Kurdish Red Crescent reported: “Around 7- 7:15 am the Trauma Stabilization Point (TSP) set up by KRC in Salihiye village, south of Ras Al Ain, has been hit by what we believe was an airstrike. The TSP was temporarily placed there to support injured persons, 15 minutes away from the front line of RAA. Two KRC staff were injured. Four patients where inside of the TSP but they were not further injured and the staff referred them to Tel Tamer hospital. Two ambulances have been damaged. Both them and staff were clearly displaying KRC logo. KRC staff on the ground report that the airstrike was not nearby but believed they were directly targeted. As a result, the two ambulances were out of the services and the driver and the paramedic were injured. ”

Amnesty International collected an on the ground account from a Kurdish Red Crescent worker, who described how he pulled bodies from the wreckage around 7.00 AM. According to source, two munitions landed near a school, where displaced civilians had sought shelter. He also stated that the nearest frontline was more than 1 km away.

“Everything happened so fast. In total, there were six injured and four killed, including two children. I couldn’t tell if they were boys or girls because their corpses were black. They looked like charcoal. The other two people killed were older men, they looked older than 50. Honestly, I am still in shock”, he stated.

The incident occured at approximately 7:00 am local time.

  • Mahjoub Sa'ud Hsso Age unknown male injured
  • Dldar Abdulkarim Dawood Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (2 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Salhiye, for which the generic coordinates are: 36.692838, 40.229874. 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
    4
  • (2 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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]