Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TS344

Incident date

October 16, 2019

Location

العريف بين Çelebeyi وعين عيسى, Al Arif, between Celebeyi and Ayn Issa, Raqqa, Syria

Geolocation

36.591274, 38.586731 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Subdistrict level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Subdistrict

Airwars assessment

Ten civilians died and others were wounded in alleged Turkish shelling of Al Araf, between Celebeyi and Ayn Issa, local media reported.

#ANF noted: “Turkish troops and mercenaries carried out aggression against the village of al-Aref located between Kobanê’s Çelebeyi town and Ayn Issa. There are reports that many civilians lost their lives in the attack.”

According to @TurkceAnha, “The invading Turkish state and its gangs launched a howitzer attack on the village of El Aref between the village of Çelebeyi in Kobanê and Eyn Isa, where there were many civilians. Many civilians were killed in the attack.”

@dersi4m said that “10 civilians were killed and several were wounded”, while @ HiwaDilan_71 tweeted that the “Turkish army massacred and wounded more than 10 civilians in the village of al-Arif.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • Civilians reported injured
    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

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Translation: "In the village of Abu Sirra, located between Girê Spî-Ayn Îssa, gangs attacked the civilian population."

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Arif (العريف), allegeledy located between Kobane (كوباني) and Ayn Issa (عين عيسى), in vicinity of Çelebeyi. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for the middle point between Ayn Issa and Kobane are: 36.591274, 38.586731.

  • Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Arif (العريف), allegeledy located between Kobane (كوباني) and Ayn Issa (عين عيسى), in vicinity of Çelebeyi.

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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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • Civilians reported injured
    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

Sources (10) [ collapse]