Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS139

Incident date

July 5, 2022

Location

اعزاز, Azaz, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.573739, 37.0212 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to three civilians were injured in alleged Syrian Democratic Forces or Syrian regime shelling of the city of Azaz on July 5, 2022.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, three civilians were injured when a missile struck the area near the Security Directorate at the outskirts of Azaz city. This missile strike coincided with clashes near Azaz between Kurdish forces and Turkish-backed factions. @ShahbaPress also identified “injuries” as resulting from the strike but did not report how many while @EuphratsPostNews referred to “two civilians” as being wounded. @HalabTodayTV stated that the two civilians affected were “slightly injured”.

Shaam News identified the location of the incident as occurring in the vicinity of the National Hospital in Azaz, attributing the missiles to the SDF. @OrientNews specified that the shelling affected residential neighborhoods while @idleb_online referred to “the hideouts of mercenaries” as being the targets.

The correspondent of the Syrian news agency, “SANA”, reported that the bombing occurred in the center of the city and came in two phases, with a short interval of time between them.

The @SyriaCivilDefe tweeted that the shelling came from “areas controlled by the regime forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces” without specifying which forces were responsible for the shelling. The majority of other sources attributed the strikes to the SDF, with  Syria TV identifying the shells as coming from “the Mara’anaz and Tal Rifaat areas, which are under their control”.

The incident occured in the evening.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 attackers
    YPG, Syrian Regime

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • A Syrian Civil Defense volunteer inspects the site of alleged SDF or regime shelling of the city of Azaz on July 5, 2022. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Shell from alleged SDF or regime shelling of the city of Azaz on July 5, 2022. (Image posted by @anasanas84)
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers respond to the site of alleged SDF or regime shelling of the city of Azaz on July 5, 2022. (Image posted by @khaleedalkhteb)
  • Syrian Civil Defense volunteers respond to the site of alleged SDF or regime shelling of the city of Azaz on July 5, 2022. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)
  • People gather around the site of alleged SDF or regime shelling of the city of Azaz on July 5, 2022. (Image posted by @Almohrar1)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the National Hospital (المشفى الوطني في اعزاز) within the city of Azaz (أَعْزَاز), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.573739, 37.021200. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Azaz are: 36.5868, 37.0481.

YPG Assessment:

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

Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 attackers
    YPG, Syrian Regime

Sources (25) [ collapse]