Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS083

Incident date

January 16, 2020

Location

اعزاز, Azaz, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Up to ten civilians were injured in alleged SDF or Syrian regime artillery strikes on the city of Azaz, Aleppo governorate, on January 16th, 2020, according to local sources.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored “a missile strike carried out by the ‘Kurdish forces’ stationed in Maranaz within the northern sector of Aleppo countryside, targeting the city of Azaz under the control of the ‘Turkish forces’ and the factions loyal to it, which resulted in the injury of 8 civilians of varying injuries, including 3 children under the age of 18.”

Smart News reported that Ibrahim Al Laith, director of media of the Syrian Civil Defence, stated that nine civilians were wounded due to shelling by the SDF. Al Laith further reported that the shelling resulted into the burning of a civilian car and the destruction of houses. Local activists, however, told SMART that the Qasd militia, stationed near Meng military airport, were responsible.

Activist Bashar Al Faris told Horrya that an SDF militia based in Maranaz fired six rockets into Azaz at 4:15 PM, resulting into 9 injured civilians, including three children. SyriaTV reported that six Katyusha rockets were fired.

Bas News provided context, stating that the SDF and militias loyal to the Turkish army had erupted on January 16th. Their source stated that “militias loyal to the Turkish army bombed the sites of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the regime in the countryside of Tal Rifaat and the Ming airport in the northern countryside of Aleppo without receiving any reports of human losses.

A Kurdish source familiar with the region told Bas News that “a mutual bombing took place between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the militias loyal to the Turkish army in Azaz in the countryside of Aleppo, which resulted in injuries.”

The incident occured at approximately 4:15 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via @t53roiVLcFnzQap).
  • Damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via @t53roiVLcFnzQap).
  • Damage after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via @t53roiVLcFnzQap).
  • Footage of the aftermath of alleged SDF or Syrian regime artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16ht, 2020 (via @SY_plu)s).
  • Photo of a damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via Al Atareb).
  • Damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via Al Atareb).
  • Photo of a damaged building after alleged SDF or Syrian regime forces artillery strikes on the city of Azaz on January 16th, 2020 (via Al Atareb).

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]