Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

TI101

Incident date

December 28, 2023

Location

قرية كاركي, Karki, Sinjar District, Mosul Province, Iraq

Airwars assessment

Between 6 and 8 PM on Thursday, December 28th, 2023, at least five people were killed and two others injured after an alleged Turkish drone strike on the village of Karki in the Sinjar district of Mosul province. The civilian status of five of the men killed is contested within the sources.

Those killed were young men, originally from northern and eastern Syria; information on the wounded was not made available. Roj News, in conjunction with the Democratic Autonomous Administration of Shingal District identified the deceased as follows: 21-year-old Ramadan al-Hammadi, originally from Raqqa; 24-year-old Shaheen Ali, from Kobani; 20-year-old Hussein al-Hussein, also from Raqqa; 23-year-old Ahmed al-Mohammed al-Ali, from Raqqa; and Raqqa-born Munir al-Bakour. al-Bakour’s age was not publicly declared.

There remains dispute regarding the circumstances of the strike. While the local administration in Sinjar reported those killed were working digging wells to provide water for the villages of Kora Samukiya, Al-Arbay News stated that the bombing was a deliberate strike targeting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Al-Araby claimed their source, members of Nineveh security, as saying the strike targeted “a group of Labor Party activists.” Al-Arbay also specified that the local Sinjar administration is “known for its association” with the PKK.

Haider Sheshu, a commander of local militia Ezidkhan Protection Units, stated that he was unsure “whether the dead were fighters or civilians.”

Roj News reported the belligerent bombed the area three consecutive times. All of the sources attributed the drone strikes to Turkish forces.

The incident occured between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 8
  • (0–5 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Military
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–5

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Source: Roj News
  • Source: Roj News
  • Source: Roj News
  • Source: Roj News
  • Source: Hawar News
  • Source: Hawar News
  • Source: Hawar News

Turkish Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Military
  • Turkish Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 8
  • (0–5 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Military
  • Suspected target
    YPG/SDF
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–5

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0022

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

مسجد اليرموك, Yarmouk Mosque, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.312024, 34.361819 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the evening of October 8th 2023, 12 people were reported injured, including a baby, when an alleged Israeli strike hit Yarmouk Mosque in the Gaza Strip. The mosque was reported to be completely destroyed.

A tweet from @ShehabAgency stated that 12 injured people arrived at the Al-Shifa Medical complex, while other sources mentioned that there were casualties without noting an exact toll. Images posted by various sources show a baby and an elderly woman injured near the mosque.

Felesteen News spoke to a witness named Bilal Salama (38 years old) who described what happened: “The bombing was sudden, without warning, we felt that the house was exploding, and after the smoke and dust cleared, the vision began to become clearer. I found my daughter bleeding from the impact of glass flying on her head. We all went down to check on my father and mother, who live on the ground floor and whose door opens directly onto the mosque. As you can see, we could not enter from here, so we went from the back and made holes in the walls, and we began removing the rubble until we reached my father and mother and some of the children, grandchildren, who were stuck under the stones that fell on them from the mosque.” Bilal Salama’s father and mother were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Felesteen News spoke to another witness named Hajj Jihad Jarour whose bulldozer, which is how he made his livelihood, was destroyed by the bombing: “We were sitting in the basement of the house, and suddenly we heard the bombing and the house shook and smoke filled the place. As you can see, everything is gone, the house and the tools. May God compensate us.”

The Palestinian Civil Defense reported on their teams dealing with the evacuation of citizens and the transfer of casualties from the surrounding area. Another local source specified that Ansar Central Ambulance Station evacuated the injured from the bombing.

The mosque was located near Ramzoun al-Ghafri on Al-Jalaa Street.

According to Felesteen News, the minaret at Yarmouk Mosque was silenced for the first time since the mosque was established in 1974. Felesteen News stated that “the bombing affected the area’s water lines and infrastructure” and “many of the houses surrounding the mosque are no longer fit for living”.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured in the evening.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Daughter of Bilal Salama
female injured
Father of Bilal Salama
male injured
Mother of Bilal Salama
female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

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    Source: Pharmacist Walaa Elmahallawi
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: M saleh
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Mou’men Hassouna
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Yarmouk mosque (مسجد اليرموك) in Gaza city (غزة). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following coordinates: 31.312024, 34.361819.

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Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

R4544

Incident date

August 22, 2023

Location

محطة مياه عري في بلدة عين شيب, Urri water station in Ain Shib town, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

At least two people were killed, an elderly man and an 18-year-old boy, and between three and five people were seriously injured, including a woman, a male child and a female child, when alleged Russian bombs hit a disused water station, near the villages of Urri and Ain Shib, west of Idlib, around midnight on August 22nd 2023. All of the victims were living in the water station after having been displaced and SY-24 reported they were all from the same family. The Syrian Civil Defence responded to the incident, retrieved the bodies, treated some of the injured and secured the area. Many livestock were also killed in the strike.

The majority of sources agreed that two people had been killed but the numbers of reported injuries varied. Baladi News reported a woman and male child were injured. Zaman Al Wasl and The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that three people were injured and a family remained buried under rubble. Shaam Network and the Syrian Civil Defence reported that five people were injured, including a woman, a male child and a female child.

Almost all sources described the victims who were killed as an elderly man and an 18-year-old boy. However, @molhamteam tweeted that a female child was killed in the bombing, referring to a video posted by Orient News that showed what appeared to be a body at the site.

Local sources told Zaman Al Wasl and Rozana FM that the abandoned water station was inhabited by displaced families from Ruwaiha who kept their livestock there.

@HadiAlabdallah, a Syrian journalist on the scene, claimed in a video posted to his Ttwitter that the family had been sleeping outside due to the hot weather when the bombs fell.

Shaam Network reported that the water station had been targeted with multiple raids and Al Jazeera stated that there had been two raids.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the airstrikes to Russian forces. Both the Russian Information Agency and a Syrian source confirmed that an airstrike had taken place that night but claimed it had been targeting a headquarters or “monitoring center” of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, according to Al-Jazeera.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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
    Russian Military

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    The body of one of the victims of alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @molhamteam)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by SY-24)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by SY-24)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by SY-24)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by SY-24)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by Rozana FM)
  • Livestock killed by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by Rozana FM)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Damage caused by alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Civil Defense volunteers respond to alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Civil Defense volunteers respond to alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
  • Civil Defense volunteers respond to alleged Russian airstrikes on Ain Shib town on August 22, 2023. (Image posted by @SyriaCivilDefe)
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    Civilian casualties as a result of the Russian occupation bombing of a water station in the Ain Sheeb area, west of Idlib.
  • Civilian casualties as the Russian occupation targeted a water station in the Ain Sheeb area, west of Idlib
  • Two deaths and injuries among civilians as a result of the bombing of the Russian occupation air force, Eib Sheeb water station, west of Idlib
  • Killed and wounded as a result of the Russian occupation aircraft targeting the water station in Ain Sheeb, rural #Idlib
  • Civilian casualties as the Russian occupation targeted a water station in the Ain Sheeb area, west of Idlib
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    The death toll from the targeting of the Ain Sheib water station, west of Idlib, has risen to two martyrs and a number of civilian casualties trapped under the rubble. The defense teams are working to save them, after the occupation warplanes targeted the station directly

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • 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
    Russian Military

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Incident Code

JS001

Incident date

May 8, 2023

Location

قرية الشعاب, Al Shi’ab village, Al Suwiyda, Syria

Airwars assessment

The Jordanian military is suspected of conducting an airstrike that killed a family of eight, including up to six children and a woman, in Al-Shiab, a village near the Syrian/Jordanian border on May 8, 2023.

Daraa 24 and other local sources reported that the victims were suspected drug smuggler Marai al-Ramthan, his wife Hind al-Ramthan, and their children Abbas al-Ramthan, Aseel al-Ramthan, Hamza al-Ramthan, Lamis al-Ramthan, Malak al-Ramthan and Yamama al-Ramthan. It must be noted that one source (Suwayda24) claimed one child survived the bombing and was taken to hospital though this could not be independently verified.

Activists told Shaam News that Marai was a major drug dealer in the region “supported by the Fourth Division led by Maher Al-Assad and the Lebanese Hezbollah.” @zamanalwsl added that Marai’s home was the location of the strike.

A geolocation was determined by @obretix.

Multiple sources reported another strike hit a water treatment plant that was allegedly used as a drug production facility in Kharab al-Shahm.

Local sources allege Jordanian forces ordered the strike though the Jordanian government has not claimed responsibility. The Jordanian Foreign Minister had previously spoken to CNN and claimed Jordan would take military action to curb drug smuggling between the two countries (Shaam News).

The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

Marai Ruwaishid Al-Ramthan مرعي رويشد الرمثان
male killed
Hamza Al-Ramthan حمزة الرمثان
Child killed
Abbas Al-Ramthan عباس الرمثان
Child killed
Aseel Al-Ramthan أسيل الرمثان
Child killed
Yamama Al-Ramthan يمامة الرمثان
Child killed
Malak Al-Ramthan ملك الرمثان
Child killed
Lamees Al-Ramthan لميس الرمثان
Child killed
Hind Al-Ramthan هند الرمثان
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (5–6 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • 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

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by Shaam News)
  • Damage caused by alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by @QalaatM)
  • Damage caused by alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by @QalaatM)
  • Damage caused by alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by @QalaatM)
  • Damage caused by alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by @QalaatM)
  • Geolocation determined by @obretix
  • Marai Ruwaishid Al-Ramthan and his six children, killed by alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by @Sharqya_reporte)
  • Alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by @borwjj)
  • Alleged Jordanian strikes on Al Shi’ab village on May 8, 2023. (Image posted by @borwjj)

Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
  • position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 8
  • (5–6 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • 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

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

TS581

Incident date

December 22, 2022

Location

كوباني , Zor Maghar, west of Ain Al-Arab( kobani), countryside of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria

Airwars assessment

On December 22nd 2022, three civilians, working for the Water Directorate in Kobani, were reportedly injured while doing maintenance work by Turkish artillery or heavy weapons in Zor Maghar village (or Sheikh Fawqani village or Al-Shuyukh village), west of Ain Al-Arab (Kobani). The wounded were taken to Al-Amal hospital for treatment, located in Kobani city. Another source added that the shelling caused the destruction of a car and damage to a water station. Another civilian – a man, was allegedly injured in Jarqali village, west of Kobani, earlier the same day, by Turkish shelling.

The three maintenance workers injured were identified by local sources as Muslim Khalil Ismail (also referred to as “Muslim Hamo”), Bozan Sheikh Nabi, and Fadel Bazar. A medical source said that “their injuries ranged from serious to superficial” and that they were “under health monitoring in the intensive care unit”, while a source quoting the official website of the Autonomous Administration, said the injuries were “critical”.  According to two co-chairs of the Kobani Water Directorate of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), “the injured are workers and supervisors of water pumps that push water from the Euphrates River to Kobani, and their usual work is to supervise and maintain the pumps.” SOHR claimed “four civilians” were “seriously injured”. No details were provided regarding the identity of the fourth civilian injured.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Muslim Khalil Ismail (Muslim Hamo)
55 years old male injured
Bozan Sheikh Nabi
48 years old male injured
Fadel Bazar
49 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 target
    Unknown

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • In front of al-Amal Hospital in Kobani city, families of civilians working for the Water Directorate who were reportedly injured in Turkish shelling on December 22nd 2022. Photo: NPA
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    Picture of the three civilians in Al-Amal hospital, Kobani city, after being reportedly injured by Turkish artillery while doing maintenance in a water station on December 22nd 2022. Photo: ANHA English
  • A car was destroyed by a reported Turkish shelling close to Kobani city on December 22nd 2022. Source: Hawarnes
  • A water station was reportedly damaged by Turkish shelling in Kobani countryside on December 22nd 2022. Photo: Ezdina
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    "Three workers from Kobani Water Directorate were injured during a Turkish strike by heavy weapons" Source: ANHA

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 target
    Unknown

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK054

Incident date

March 12, 2022

Location

Золочів, Zolochiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.273048, 35.977971 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On March 12th 2022 three people were reportedly wounded when alleged Russian shells hit Zolochiv.  Local reports also indicated that 15 houses were damaged and a military enlistment office was destroyed. @black_cerber reported that the civilians injured were over 50 years old, one who was in a serious condition from the shelling after being hit in the arm.

@black_cerber reported that the shelling came from Kozacha Lopana, and “about 15 shells fell in total” which were aimed at the military enlistment office. The same source also reported that “water, power, and gas networks were damaged.”

This assessment has reference to ACLED code UKR53786.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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
    Russian Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

  • Zolochov, on March 12th 2022 after reported Russian shelling (Image via @black_cerber)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "All three wounded civilians are over 50 years old. A man and a woman have light injuries. They have already undergone surgery and removed the fragments, the condition of two patients is satisfactory." (Image via 24 Channel)
  • "Part of the village was left without electricity, gas and water." (Image via Kharkiv Today)
  • "Part of the village was left without electricity, gas and water supply, the relevant services are working to restore them." (Image via Slobidiskiy Krai)
  • "Part of the village was left without electricity, gas and water supply, the relevant services are working to restore them." (Image via Slobidiskiy Krai)
  • "Zolochiv was shelled again on March 12." (Image via Suspilne Kharkiv / Telegram)
  • "Zolochiv was shelled again on March 12." (Image via Suspilne Kharkiv / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • Zolachev reportedly hit by Russian missles on March 12th 2022 (Image via Truexanewsua / Telegram)
  • (Image via Facebook)
  • " Fifteen houses were damaged, including apartment buildings, a transformer was destroyed, there were no casualties among the population." (Zolochiv village council / Facebook)
  • "Fifteen houses were damaged, including apartment buildings, a transformer was destroyed, there were no casualties among the population." (Zolochiv village council / Facebook)
  • (Image via Facebook)
  • Damaged buildings as a result of reported Russian actions on March 12th 2022 (Image via Aleksandr Boiko / Facebook)
  • Damaged buildings as a result of reported Russian actions on March 12th 2022 (Image via Aleksandr Boiko / Facebook)
  • Damaged buildings as a result of reported Russian actions on March 12th 2022 (Image via Aleksandr Boiko / Facebook)
  • Zolochiv Kharkiv region

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Zolochiv (Золочів), for which the generic coordinates are: 50.273048, 35.977971. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Gas facility, Power Station, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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
    Russian Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

RUK013

Incident date

February 28, 2022

Location

Провулок 23-го Серпня, 23-ho Serpnya Lane, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Geolocation

50.033043, 36.236832 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least one and up to four civilians – including / or a whole family and one child – were reportedly killed when 23 August Lane, in Pavlv Pole in Kharkiv was hit on February 28th 2022 by an alleged Russian “Smerch” anti-aircraft missile system. At least 16 people were reported injured.

According to Amnesty, “at approximately 12:30 local time, an apparent indiscriminate attack in North Kharkiv killed at least 4 civilians, including a child and 3 people collecting drinking water. At least 16 more people were injured.”

UAinfo.org reported that “four people left the bomb shelter to collect water – and died.” Helsinki.org also reported that “after the “end of the air raid” signal, people came out of their shelters to collect water and were fired upon.”

Helsinki.org reported that this incident happened between 12.00 and 13.00.

For reference this assessment has made use of reports from ACLED Code: UKR54214 and Bellingcat Code: CIV0119.

The incident occured at approximately 12:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    16
  • 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
    Russian Military

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Truhanewsua reported on Telegram about the shelling on 23 August Lane, Kharkiv (Image via Telegram)
  • Avdeyev.igor posted a message onto Facebook with a photo showing the incident on Pavlov Pol street on February 28th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • "Oleg Synegubov, head of the State Administration of Ukraine: three residential areas in Kharkiv were shelled - Oleksiivka, Saltivka, and Pavlovo Pole. 11 killed, more than 40 injured." (Image via Valera Kondratenko / Facebook)
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  • Kharkiv, lane 23 August. 28th of February. My family is alive, but there are peaceful victims.

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention 23-ho Serpnya Lane (Провулок 23-го Серпня) in the city of Kharkiv (Харків). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 50.033043, 36.236832.

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Russian Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Military
  • Russian Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 4
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    16
  • 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
    Russian Military

Sources (22) [ collapse]