Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS085

Incident date

January 29, 2020

Location

عفرين, Afrin , Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

One child was killed and thirteen civilians, all adult males, were injured in alleged YPG artillery strikes on residential areas of the city of Afrin, Aleppo governorate, on January 29th, 2020, according to local sources.

The Syrian Civil Defence reported the death of 13-year-old Ahmed Tammam Qatayerji. They listed the names of 13 injured men. The severity of the injuries was not reported.

Local activists told SMART News Agency that SDF forces stationed near Al Ahlam mountain – which reportedly is under control of the pro-Turkey faction the Syrian National Army – targeted Assiyasiah wa Fillat street ( شارعي السياسية و الفيلات ). Horrya, however, reported that SDF forces stationed in Maranaz were responsible for the artillery strikes, which hit civilian homes. Zaitun Agency reported that Qsad militarias stationed south of Afrin were responsible.

Qassioun reported that several shells landed on different locations in the city, mentioning the Commandos School, the first road to Jandares, next to Afrin Flowers Mall, Freedom Square, behind Nayrouz roundabout and opposite to Kabso restaurant. Aramme News mentioned the location of Raju Road near Saif al-Dawla school.

One source, Dwarozh, blamed pr-Turkey militants for the incident. The source read: “Pro-Turkey militants bombed the city of Afrin, Wednesday night, killing a child and wounding 13 others, all of them civilians. ”

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers working in a damaged building after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers searching a damaged building after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers working in a damaged building after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Syrian Civil Defence volunteers inspecting a vehicle after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Aftermath of alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via SCD).
  • Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
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    Photo of an injured man after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured young man in what seems to be a hospital after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).
  • Photo of an injured man in what seems to be a hospital after alleged YPG artillery strikes on the city of Afrin on January 29th, 2020 (via @NewrozJamo21).

YPG forces Assessment:

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

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    YPG forces, Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (20) [ collapse]