Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TS335

Incident date

October 13, 2019

Location

Al Jazira - Ras Al Ain, Hasakah, Syria

Airwars assessment

In a major civilian harm incident, between 6 and 19 civilians – including at least four journalists from multiple countries – died and as many as 74 others were wounded in an alleged Turkish airstrike on a convoy, made up from around 400 civilian vehicles, heading from Al Jazira to Ras Al Ain, local media said.

The highest death count was given as 19 by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Multiple other sources said that 11 civilians died with 74 more wounded. Journalists from countries including Brazil, France, and the Ukraine were among the victims. The Kurdish Red Crescent however put the death toll at 7, and said 56 people were injured.

Casualties were taken to the hospital in Til Temir, with a source at the hospital stating that “40 were wounded and died altogether”.

A journalist and eyewitness of the event described it to Amnesty International as “an absolute massacre”. According to the journalist, “the convoy was made up of around 400 civilian vehicles and that there were no fighters present, only a handful of armed guards protecting the convoy”.

Extensive biographical detail was given by ANHA on 53-year-old Eqîde Eli Osman. The source said: “Eqîde Eli Osman (53), who was known for his patriotism in Girkê Legê, recognized the Kurdish Freedom Movement in 1980. Eqîde Eli Osman, who was actively involved in the struggle, was subjected to the detention and arrests of the Syrian regime. Eqîde Elî Osman, a member of Yekitiya Star Management, and then Eqîde Elî Osman, who became a Star member of the Congress, was martyred in the air raid on the civilian convoy in Serêkaniyê on October 13 by the occupying Turkish army.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Khalid Khelil 60 years old male from Til Hemis injured
  • Abdulkerim Yusuf Abdullah 40 years old male from Tirbespiye injured
  • Kawa Sileyman Haco 42 years old male from Tirbespiye injured
  • Abdurrahman Ahmed Hadi 41 years old male from Til Hemis injured
  • Evin Yusuf El Heci 45 years old female from Til Kocher injured
  • Behiya Cima Şexo 79 years old from Tirbespiye injured
  • Jwan Zelfo 25 years old male injured
  • Ersin Çaksu Age unknown male ANF Journalist. @HiwaDilan_71 tweeted victim killed. injured
  • Mehmet Ekinci Age unknown male Journalist with ANHA. @HiwaDilan_71 tweeted victim killed. injured
  • Bircan Yıldız Age unknown female Journalist with ANHA. @HiwaDilan_71 said victim killed injured
  • Rojbîn Akçin Age unknown male Journalist. @HiwaDilan_71 said victim killed injured
  • Mihemed Ekincî Age unknown male ANHA Agency Journalist injured
  • Mohammed Hassan Reşo Age unknown male Journalist killed
  • Eqîde Eli Osman (Eqîde Anne) 53 years old male killed
  • Şiyar Brahim Age unknown Stêrk TV employee injured
  • Emel Yunus Age unknown female Stêrk TV announcer. @HiwaDilan_71 said victim killed. injured
  • Cevad Qamishlo 17 years old male injured
  • Abdulhadi 42 years old male injured
  • Hesan Adnan 24 years old male injured
  • Mneefa Saaed Jumaa 43 years old female injured
  • Mihammed Xidir 28 years old male injured
  • Waddah 17 years old injured
  • Abdulqadir Raqip 19 years old male injured
  • Talal Yusuf Abdullah 19 years old male injured
  • Dilsoz Dildar Adult male NPA journalist. @HiwaDilan_71 said victim killed. injured
  • Ebdulreşîd Mihemed Adult male Journalist injured
  • Seed Ehmed Adult male Journalist with ANHA killed
  • Abdul Jabbar Jasim 37 years old male injured
  • Adam Ahmad 16 years old male injured
  • Ahmad Salih 25 years old male injured
  • Alaa Salim Hassan 20 years old male injured
  • Alan Youssef Abdullah, 19 years old male injured
  • Ammar Ahmad Osman 19 years old male
  • Arseen Jakso Age unknown Farat Agency Journalist injured
  • Berman Age unknown female
  • Beshir Ayed 40 years old male injured
  • DlSoz Kute 22 years old female injured
  • Emina Salim Esmail 46 years old female injured
  • Fayz Muhammad Khalil 30 years old male injured
  • George Abdulahad 20 years old male injured
  • Ghazala Hameed 26 years old female injured
  • Hayez Adel al Aubyed 30 years old male injured
  • Huner Ahmad Age unknown male rudaw tv journalist injured
  • Jamil Ahmad Al ahmad 65 years old male injured
  • Jazya Hussein Hwarny 63 years old female injured
  • Loai 18 years old male injured
  • Mahmoud Kheder Nawaf 18 years old male injured
  • Mervet Muhammad Emin 30 years old female injured
  • Mhrajan Nwaf Sulaiman 50 years old male injured
  • Muna Naser Sananeek 45 years old female injured
  • Muzeffer Mahmoud Yousif, 45 years old male injured
  • Nawaf Etallah Sabah 28 years old male injured
  • Nisreen Mesho 39 years old female injured
  • Nsreen Mesto Maashooq 38 years old female injured
  • Numan Ahmed 42 years old male injured
  • Rasheed Muhammad Muhammad 24 years old male injured
  • Swar Khesho 22 years old male injured
  • Tagreed Al huseen 26 years old female injured
  • Taha Mahmoud Yousif, 38 years old male injured
  • Talal Al Hawar 50 years old male injured
  • Youssef Jasm Habib, 18 years old male injured
  • Rojhilat Yeldiz 22 years old female injured
  • Fayz Mahmoud Baqi, Age unknown male killed
  • Saad Ahmad Age unknown male HAWAR Agency Journalist killed
  • Ezzeldeen Mahmoud Yousif 62 years old male killed
  • Muhammad Hussein Resho Age unknown male KRC List - Journalist killed
  • Saad Ahmad Age unknown male KRC List - Journalist killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 19
  • (1–2 women6–17 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    56–75
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

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  • Translation: "ANHA agency reporter Seed Ehmed lost his life in the Serêkaniyê attack today. Four of uur journalist friends were also injured."
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    Translation: "Journalist of the Kurdish news agency ANHA #MihemedEkenci has been wounded in Turkish army’s shelling on Serekaniye while covering Turkey’s bombardements in the city #TwitterKurds"
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    Footage of victims of the alleged Turkish airstrike on a convoy traveling from Al Jazira to Ras Al Ain, Hasaka governorate, on October 13th 2019 receiving medical care (via @hawarnews).

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 19
  • (1–2 women6–17 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    56–75
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (32) [ collapse]