Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS034

Incident date

October 10, 2019

Location

Akçakale, Turkey

Geolocation

36.713342, 38.947620 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between two and four civilians, including a baby, were reportedly killed and 17 civilians were injured in a rocket and mortar attack on the Turkish border town of Akçakale, Şanlıurfa on October 10th, 2019, according to local media sources. Conflicting reports blame the SDF, YPG or the PKK for the incident.

According to @ragipsoylu, the attack targeted residential areas on the Turkish towns bordering Syria. Haber Sanliurfa news reported that one victim is the 9-month-old Syrian child Mohammad Omar. The Turkish tax office officer Cihan Güneş was also killed.

@barispinariOP reported on Twitter that the Akçakale district governor has put the death toll at 3. @zekibahce reported 4 killed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), YPG forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
  • Alleged YPG/SDF mortars shells attack on Akcakale, Şanlıurfa in Turkey, October 10th, 2019 (via @ragipsoylu)
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    Reportedly the baby who was killed by rocket and mortar strikes on Akçakale, October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).
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    Photo's of the body of Mohammad Omar, a 9-months-old Syrian boy who was killed by mortar strikes that have been linked to the SDF, PKK and YPG in the Turkish border town of Akçakale on October 10th 2019 (via AA).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG/SDF/PPK shelling on the Turkish city of Açakale, Turkey, on October 10th 2019 (via @avcahitozkan).
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    Aftermath of alleged YPG/SDF/PPK shelling on the Turkish city of Açakale, Turkey, on October 10th 2019 (via @avcahitozkan).
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    Aftermath of alleged YPG/SDF/PPK shelling on the Turkish city of Açakale, Turkey, on October 10th 2019 (via @avcahitozkan).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG/SDF/PPK shelling on the Turkish city of Açakale, Turkey, on October 10th 2019 (via @avcahitozkan).
  • According to the source, this a photo of the baby who was killed by alleged YPG/SDF/PPK shelling on the Turkish city of Açakale, Turkey, on October 10th 2019 (via @kralkaankc).
  • Footage of a mortar shell exploding during alleged YPG/SDF/PPK shelling on the Turkish city of Açakale, Turkey, on October 10th 2019 (via @VOANews).

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)
  • Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

YPG forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    YPG forces
  • YPG forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child2–3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), YPG forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]