Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TS491

Incident date

February 9, 2022

Location

البهيرة, Bahira, Al Hasakah, Syria

Geolocation

37.108792, 40.862274 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between one and two children were killed and three others were injured in alleged Turkish drone strikes on a vehicle in the village of Bahira on February 9, 2022.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, two children were killed and three others were injured when a Turkish drone struck Bahira village in Al-Hasakah countryside. In addition, “SDF members were injured in the same village by shelling on their car, while they were escaping after their first car was attacked in Kharza village.”

A Facebook post from “Eastern region and Al Jazeera news” added that the victims of the bombing were in a car close to the military jeep that was destroyed by the plane and provided the names: Muhammad Ali Kallah, 11 years old – killed; Maher Issa Kallah, 13 years old; Omar Ghanem, 40, is a teacher from the village of Bahira; Alaa Gedo Ahmed, 25 years old. Turkey Now identified the children as being students in a preparatory school.

Hawar News put the casualty count at one child killed and three others injured, all of which were traveling in the same car and were taken to the People’s Hospital in Amuda.

A security source told North-Press that “the car was targeted by two bombs, the first one did not hit it, while the second bombardment directly hit the car.”

All of the sited sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes and casualties to Turkish drones.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Muhammad Ali Kallah 11 years old killed
  • Maher Issa Kallah 13 years old injured
  • Omar Ghanem 40 years old is a teacher from the village of Bahira injured
  • Alaa Gedo Ahmed 25 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1–2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Military
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • One of the victims of the alleged Turkish bombing of Bahira village on February 9, 2022. (Image posted by Eastern region and Al Jazeera news via Facebook)
  • One of the vehicles hit by alleged Turkish drone strikes on Bahira village on February 9, 2022. (Image posted by Athr Press)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Bahira (البهيرة), for which the generic coordinates are: 37.108792, 40.862274. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1–2 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Military
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (8) [ collapse]