Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS125

Incident date

February 15, 2022

Location

اعزاز, Azaz, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.585238, 37.041340 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

On February 15th 2022, missile shelling targeted the city of Azaz in the northern countryside of Aleppo and reportedly killed three to six civilians and wounded between four and 12 others, including one to three children. The shelling was alleged PKK/YPG or attributed to the Syrian regime.

Two students, Saeed Al-Haji and Akram Al-Hassan, in their third year of mechatronics engineering at the University of Aleppo in the liberated areas were reported among those killed. Al Souria reported that one woman was among those killed. One policeman was also reported among one killed.

Bawaba Aleppo recorded that those were killed and injured were identified as:

“Injured:

Mhammed Al Issa son of Ismail and Sabah 32 years old (injury in his right leg) (M)
Mahmoud Bibi son of Ramadan and Amoun 55 years old (legs injury)  (M)
Dr. Marwan Al Hammoud son of Mustafa and Hamida 42 years old (Abdominal injury – in operation room) (M)
Ibrahim Al Houlou son of Ismail and Fattoum 42 years old (right shoulder injury) (M)
Adnan Al Khalif son of Abd Al Halim 23 years old (several shrapnels light injury) (M)
Abd Al Alim Hasan son of Fawwaz 20years old  (several shrapnels light injury) (M)

Killed:

Saed Al Haji son of Jihad Al Din and Dima 21 years old (M)
Farouq Al Nasheb son of Hussein 28 years old (police officer) (M)
Unknown person 25 years old (M)”

There were also critical cases among those injured, with reports that the death toll could be expected to rise. One child’s leg was reportedly amputated as a result of their injuries, according to the Syrian Civil Defense.”

Halab Today TV reported that the death toll rose to six.

An eyewitness reported what they saw on social media, @mueawia2011 said, “we are still alive, today I was sitting with my family in Azaz Park and a shell fell near us from the Ocalan Qasd militia, so I carried my children and ran, after we moved away I found a small shrapnel in my son’s head that did not harm him, thanks to God, and this seat next to us killed those who were sitting in it.”  The witness also posted a photo of park benches.

The incident occured in the evening.

  • Saeed Al-Haji 21 years old male third year student at the University of Aleppo, son of Jihad Al Din and Dima killed
  • Akram Al-Hassan Age unknown male third year student at the University of Aleppo killed
  • Farouq Al Nasheb Age unknown male policeman killed
  • Mhammed Al Issa 32 years old male injured
  • Mahmoud Bibi 55 years old male injured
  • Dr. Marwan Al Hammoud 42 years old male injured
  • Ibrahim Al Houlu 42 years old male injured
  • Adnan Al Khalif 23 years old male injured
  • Abd Al Alim Hasan 20 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (0–1 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–12
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (51) [ collapse]

Media
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  • The place in Izaz where a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit and allegedly killed and injured civilians (Image via EyeEuphrates / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @DeirEzzorNow / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @DeirEzzorNow / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @DeirEzzorNow / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @DeirEzzorNow / Twitter)
  • Syrian Civil Defense attend the rescue scene after a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense attend the rescue scene after a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense attend the rescue scene after a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense attend the rescue scene after a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense attend the rescue scene after a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
    A young woman says goodbye to her fiance, allegedly killed by a Syrian regime or PKK missile on February 15th 2022 (Image via @pressrahhal / Twitter)
  • Syrian Civil Defense attend the rescue scene after a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • "Saeed Al-Haji and Akram Al-Hassan, two students in the third year of mechatronics engineering at the "University of Aleppo in the liberated areas" were victims of terrorist attacks targeting the city of #Azaz in northern #Aleppo today, Tuesday, February 15th." (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • Up to six people were allegedly killed when a missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via Halab Today TV / Facebook)
  • Up to six people were allegedly killed when a missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via Halab Today TV / Facebook)
  • Up to six people were allegedly killed when a missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via Halab Today TV / Facebook)
  • Up to six people were allegedly killed when a missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via Halab Today TV / Facebook)
  • Up to six people were allegedly killed when a missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via Halab Today TV / Facebook)
  • Up to six people were allegedly killed when a missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via Halab Today TV / Facebook)
  • "The names of the martyrs and those injured in the missile strikes on the city of Azaz" (Image via Bawaba Aleppo / Facebook)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via Jisrtv)
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    Akram al-Hassan allegedly killed by a Syrian regime or PKK missile which hit the town of Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via @pressrahhal / Twitter)
  • Saad al-Haji allegedly killed by a Syrian regime or PKK missile which hit the town of Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via @Magedabdelnour1 / Twitter)
  • Akram al-Hassan allegedly killed by a Syrian regime or PKK missile which hit the town of Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via @OrientNews / Twitter)
  • Syrian Civil Defense attend the rescue scene after a Syrian regime or PKK missile hit Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
    A young woman says goodbye to her fiance, allegedly killed by a Syrian regime or PKK missile on February 15th 2022 (Image via @pressrahhal / Twitter)
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    Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @Alsore95910835 / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @Alsore95910835 / Twitter)
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    Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @Alsore95910835 / Twitter)
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    Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @Alsore95910835 / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @zaid_hassn / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @zaid_hassn / Twitter)
  • Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @zaid_hassn / Twitter)
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    Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @zaid_hassn / Twitter)
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    Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @Almohrar1 / Twitter)
  • Farouk Nashab, allegedly killed by a Syrian regime or PKK missile on February 15th 2022 in Izaz (Image via @Almohrar1 / Twitter)
  • "The martyrdom of the two students at the University of Aleppo in the liberated areas of the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, as a result of the bombing of the city by the “Qasd” militia this afternoon." (Image via @syrianewsmag / Twitter)
  • "We still alive, today I was sitting with my family in Azaz Park and a shell fell near us from the Ocalan Qasd militia, so I carried my children and ran, after we moved away I found a small shrapnel in my son's head that did not harm him, thanks to God, and this seat next to us killed those who were sitting in it." (Image via @mueawia2011 / Twitter)
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    Three to six civilians were allegedly killed when a Syrian regime or PKK missile targeted Izaz, Aleppo on February 15th 2022 (Image via @Hamoudi_Free_Sy / Twitter)
  • Saad al-Haji allegedly killed by a Syrian regime or PKK missile which hit the town of Izaz on February 15th 2022 (Image via Eyad Al Hajji / Facebook)
  • "Two university students killed in SDF bombardment north of #Aleppo: Saed al Haji and Akram al Hasan, students of Mechatronic Engineering, were killed in SDF missile strikes on Izaz city in Aleppo, on February 15. #SNHR notes that the SDF violated int’l law, which stresses the distinction between civilians and combatants." (Image via SNHR / Facebook)

Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the city of Azaz (اعزاز). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 36.585238, 37.041340.

  • Reports of the incident mention the city of Azaz (اعزاز).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    Azaz media center

  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    Azaz media center

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 6
  • (0–1 women3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–12
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (51) [ collapse]