Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS059

Incident date

October 20, 2019

Location

أورطاسو, Ortasu, Şırnak, Turkey

Geolocation

37.370262, 42.965162 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between four and six civilians were wounded in an alleged YPG attack in Uludere, Şırnak, Turkey, according to local media.

aa.com reported: “Four villagers were injured in Turkey’s southeastern province of şırnak, on Sunday, when they were targeted by terrorists of the separatist organization PKK. According to information obtained by Anadoulu, the four villagers were on their way to collect firewood in the village of Ortasu, in the district of Uludere, when they were attacked.The injured were taken to şırnak Government Hospital by helicopter and undergoing treatment”.

Yeni safak named six wounded civilians from two families, also blaming YPG forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

  • Ömer Benek male injured
  • Ethem Benek, son of Ömer Benek male injured
  • Mehmet Benek male injured
  • Yakup Benek male

Family members (2)

  • Ramazan Babat male injured
  • Mahmut Babat male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Unknown
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • A wounded civilian receives treatment following an alleged YPG attack in Uludere, Şırnak, Turkey, Oct 20th (via Yeni Safak)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Ortasu (أورطاسو), for which the generic coordinates are: 37.370262, 42.965162. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Counter-Terrorism Action (Ground)
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Unknown
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (7) [ collapse]