Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TS469a

Incident date

August 4, 2021

Location

عين عيسى, Ain Issa, Raqqa, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least four civilians, including three children, were killed and two other civilians, including a woman and a child, were injured in alleged Turkish strikes on the town of Ain Issa on August 4, 2021.

According to a statement from the Syrian Democratic Forces, “the occupation army bombed with tank shells at exactly three o’clock this morning the homes of civilians in the east of the town of Ain Issa, where it committed a massacre against a family in the town of Al-Safawiyeh, east of the village of Al-Sharkarak on the international road M4. This morning, the bodies of four civilians from one family who lost their lives were transferred to Ain Issa town hospital, after the people retrieved their bodies from their house, which was destroyed due to the Turkish bombing.”

The SDF also published the names of the civilians killed: Zaid Khalaf Issa (54) years old. Ziyad Zaid Issa (12) years old. Mona Zaid Issa. Huda Zeid Issa. Jesr Press identified Zaid as being the father and Ziyad, Monda, and Huda as his children.

In addition, a woman and her daughter from the same family were also wounded in the bombing. They were taken to Raqqa Hospital due to severe injuries. North Press Agency identified the child injured as being one year old.

All of the sources that reported on the incident identified Turkey as being responsible for the strikes and North Press Agency specifically reported that Turkish tanks carried out the attacks.

The incident occured at 3:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
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    Very graphic image of the children killed in alleged Turkish strikes on Ain Issa on July 4, 2021. (Image posted by the Syrian Democratic Forces)
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    Very graphic image of the children killed in alleged Turkish strikes on Ain Issa on July 4, 2021. (Image posted by the Syrian Democratic Forces)
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    Very graphic image of the children killed in alleged Turkish strikes on Ain Issa on July 4, 2021. (Image posted by the Syrian Democratic Forces)
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    Very graphic image of the children killed in alleged Turkish strikes on Ain Issa on July 4, 2021. (Image posted by the Syrian Democratic Forces)
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    Very graphic image of the children killed in alleged Turkish strikes on Ain Issa on July 4, 2021. (Image posted by the Syrian Democratic Forces)
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    Very graphic image of the civilians killed in alleged Turkish strikes on Ain Issa on July 4, 2021. (Image posted by the Syrian Democratic Forces)
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    One year old girl wounded by alleged Turkish shelling of Ain Issa on July 4, 2021. (Image posted by North Press Agency)

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
    4
  • (3 children1 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF

Sources (10) [ collapse]