Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS120

Incident date

November 19, 2021

Location

عفرين, ِAfrin, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

Between one and three civilians, including a woman, were killed and up to 17 others, including children, were injured in alleged Syrian Defense Forces shelling of Afrin on November 19, 2021.

Macro Media Center reported that one person was killed and a number of civilians were wounded in artillery shelling in Afrin without identifying who was responsible.

A tweet from @IdlibPlus later reported that the “number of victims of the missile strikes on the city of Afrin in the northern countryside of Aleppo has risen to 3, and more than 10 wounded”. Liveuamap also put the death toll at three while increasing the wounded to 13, including children.

Orient News quoted the Syrian Civil Defense as putting the final toll at three people, including a woman, killed and 17 others wounded, including children, as a result of Syrian Defense Forces shelling of Afrin with rocket launchers.

Syrian Civil Defense gave a similar casualty report of three people killed and 16 others wounded, in addition to identifying residential neighborhoods as the location of the shelling. Halab Today TV’s correspondent added that some of those that were injured were in critical condition.

The majority of sources, including Liveuamap, attributed the shelling to the Syrian Civil Defense while the Syrian Civil Defense identified the shelling as coming from “areas controlled by the regime forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces”. @ShahbaPress reported that rocker launchers as being used in the attack.

Shaam News reported that the Turkish and national armies responded to the shelling of Afrin by targeting SDF strongholds in the northern countryside with artillery shells, Katyusha and Grad rockets.

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–17
  • 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.

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Media
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  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Macro Media Center)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by @SyrianCoalition)
  • Translation: The number of victims of the missile strikes on the city of Afrin in the northern countryside of Aleppo has risen to 3, and more than 10 wounded. (Image posted by @IdlibPlus)
  • Shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by @ShahbaPress)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Orient News)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the victims of shelling of Afrin being treated by a White Helmet volunteer on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • Damage caused by shelling of the city of Afrin on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
  • One of the victims of shelling of Afrin being treated by a White Helmet volunteer on November 19, 2021. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–17
  • 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.

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