Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS129

Incident date

April 18, 2022

Location

جرابلس, Jarablous, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.817600, 38.015344 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One person was killed, and three people were injured when an alleged Syrian Democratic Force or PKK/PYD artillery shell hit a “family” on the bank of the Euphrates River in the city of Jarablus, in the eastern countryside of Aleppo on April 18th 2022. Despite many sources attributing the belligerent to the SDF, the SDF have disputed this.  In reports about the young man that died, it is contested as to whether he was a non-combatant or a militant.

One local source, @zelal_katee reported that the attack was with rocket-propelled grenades.

One person was initially missing, and their body was found hours later.

This event was followed by a strike which injured three Syrian Civil Defense volunteers who was looking for the missing man, reported in assessment YS130. These two incidents (YS129 and YS130) constitute a ‘double strike’ attack.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the young man who was killed was ‘a member of a faction loyal to Turkey’, but it is unclear whether he was a non-combatant or not which is reflected in the civilian harm range. @Almohrar1 reported that the young man’s name was Shadi Saleh Al-Mohammed, and he was affiliated with the Turkish National Army, including a photo of him in uniform.

The SDF responded to these reports in a press statement which said “sites and pages belonging to the mercenaries of the Turkish occupation published false news about a hypothetical artillery bombardment attributed to our forces that targeted a car and a number of people in the occupied city of Jarabulus, killing and wounding a number of people, including mercenary soldiers, according to those sources.

We confirm that our forces did not carry out any attack during the last period in the mentioned area, and attributing that attack to our forces aims to cover up the real actor behind which the Turkish occupation intelligence hides. Evidence and field investigations, according to the published photos of the place of targeting and the targeted vehicle, confirm that the attack was carried out by a drone that penetrated the Syrian airspace, and is usually repeated by the Turkish occupation’s drones.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that one person was killed and up to five others were injured, including three volunteers, when an artillery shell was reported to hit Jarablus on April 18th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that one person was killed and up to five others were injured, including three volunteers, when an artillery shell was reported to hit Jarablus on April 18th 2022 (Image via SCD / Facebook)
  • There were reports that one person was killed and up to five others were injured when an artillery shell was reported to hit Jarablus on April 18th 2022 (Image via @YusufAd76532779 / Twitter)
  • There were reports that one person was killed and up to five others were injured when an artillery shell was reported to hit Jarablus on April 18th 2022 (Image via @Almohrar1 / Twitter)
  • Shadi Saleh Al-Mohammed, affiliated with the National Army, was allegedly killed as a result of a missile attack by the SDF or YPG/PKK (Image via @Almohrar1 / Twitter)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the outskirts of Jarablous (جرابلس). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to these exact coordinates: 36.817600, 38.015344.

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  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources. Imagery: Syria Civil Defense.

  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources. Imagery: Syria Civil Defense.

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (25) [ collapse]