Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS132

Incident date

May 12, 2022

Location

Karkamış, Gaziantep, Turkey

Geolocation

36.833589, 37.999487 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, at least one civilian was injured on May 12th 2022 when a rocket-propelled grenade launched by YPG/PKK, the military wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) targeted a Turkish army border post in the Qarqamish district of Gaziantep, in Turkey. Four soldiers were also reported to be injured, although Shaam news reported that ‘a Turkish soldier was martyred, and three others were wounded”.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense stated that the rocket-propelled grenade was launched by YPG/PKK from the Ain al-Arab region in northern Syria.

@RojavaNetwork tweeted that the SDF “denied the claims of the Turkish Defense Ministry’s allegations that the SDF forces had targeted the Turkish Qarqamish region. “The SDF media center said: “we confirm that our forces have nothing to do with the attack on Qarqamish.”

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
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3–4

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (10) [ collapse]

  • @avhakanbenzer tweeted a photo on Karkamis district after a grenade hit allegedy by YPG on May 12th 2022 (Image via Twitter)
  • @avhakanbenzer tweeted a photo on Karkamis district after a grenade hit allegedy by YPG on May 12th 2022 (Image via Twitter)
  • A photo of Karkamis district after a grenade hit allegedy by YPG on May 12th 2022 (Image via @GaziantepHaber_ / Twitter)
  • @gantepvalilgi tweeted that the Governor Davut Gul visited the injured soldiers in hospital (Image via Twitter)
  • @gantepvalilgi tweeted that the Governor Davut Gul visited the injured soldiers in hospital (Image via Twitter)
  • @gantepvalilgi tweeted that the Governor Davut Gul visited the injured soldiers in hospital (Image via Twitter)
  • Images uploaded by @Gazianteppusula of the "rocket strike" which hit Karkamis on May 12th 2022 allegedely launched by YPG (Image via Twitter)
  • Images uploaded by @Gazianteppusula of the "rocket strike" which hit Karkamis on May 12th 2022 allegedely launched by YPG (Image via Twitter)
  • Images uploaded by @Gazianteppusula of the "rocket strike" which hit Karkamis on May 12th 2022 allegedely launched by YPG (Image via Twitter)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Karkamış, for which the generic coordinates are: 36.833589, 37.999487. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported injured
    3–4

Sources (19) [ collapse]