Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0136

Incident date

October 12, 2023

Location

دير البلح, Deir Al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.419778, 34.351556 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least 26 civilians were killed across three generations of an extended family, including 12 children, in an alleged Israeli strike on the al-Azayza family home on October 12th. A “large number” of others were also injured in the attack in the Deir al-Balah neighbourhood of the Gaza Strip.

The deceased were members of three families. Both Saeed Youssef al-Azayza (75 years old) and his wife Ward Muhammad al-Azayza (60 years old) were killed, along with their children and grandchildren. Their daughter, Amira al-Azayza (23 years old), was killed, as was their son, Lupine al-Azayza (47 years old). Lupine’s wife, Fathia al-Azayza (42 years old) was killed, as was their daughter, Elia Lupine al-Azayza (7 years old).

Another of Saeed and Ward’s daughters, Luna al-Azayza (48 years old), was also killed alongside her children: two daughters, Malak Abu Tawahinah (21 years old) and Kinda Abu Tawahinah (19 years old), and a son, Muhammad Abu Tawahinah (10 years old). Luna’s sister, Amna al-Azayza (40 years old), was also killed along with her husband, Tariq al-Halisi (57 years old), and their three children: their two sons, Ziad al-Halisi (9 years old) and Ali al-Halisi (8 years old), and their daughter, Ola al-Halisi (11 years old).

Members of another branch of the same family were also killed in the strike: Saeed Youssef’s brother, Muhammad Youssef al-Azayza (62 years old), and daughter-in-law Balsam Basil al-Azayza (30 years old). Her son, Saeed al-Azaizeh (8 years old), was killed, as was his sister, Ward al-Azaizeh (6 years old). Balsam’s husband Hussein M A. Halooly survived the strike and posted a condolence message for his wife and the rest of his family online.

Members of another family, the al-Halisi family, were also killed in the strike. Names were identified as Abdel Nasser al-Halisi (64 years old) and his wife, Arwa al-Halisi (36 years old), their children: sons Muhammad al-Halisi (10 years old), Abdullah al-Halisi (9 years old), Abdul Rahman al-Halisi (2 years old) and Abdul Aziz al-Halisi (4 years old), and daughter Batoul al-Halisi (5 years old).

The al-Azayza family were related to renowned photojournalist Moataz Azaizeh, who shared multiple commemorative posts on his social media. Reportedly, after not being able to communicate with his family, Moataz went to the site of the bombing in order to cover the strike, only to find his family amongst the deceased. “My family is in pieces” he told Alaraby News as he documented the removal of body parts of members of his family; some of which were difficult to identify.

A tweet from @Mohammedaboselm described working at Deir Al-Balah Martyrs Health Center with “Uncle Al-Hakim Abu Al-Saeed” (Saeed Youssef al-Azayza) and described him as a “kind, humble, and smiling man who never failed to serve the people of the city of #Deir_Al-Balah”.

Al Abbas bin Abdul Muttalib B Basic School posted on Facebook a condolence message for their colleague Fathia al-Azayza, her husband and her daughter, including an image of their very young daughter dressed up as a doctor.

The strike was reported to have destroyed the entire home and caused damage to neighboring residences.

The search for remains was still ongoing in the following days. Due to the destruction, multiple sources including Anadolu Agency reported that not all remains had been identified at the time, with earlier lower estimates of deaths put at 11 by Anadolu Agency and Nabd News reporting 14. Anadolu Agency also added that “eyewitnesses reported that civil defense and health crews were removing the rubble to save those remaining inside (their number was not specified)” indicating that some civilians may have survived and were injured.

Alaraby News also indicated that there were “a large number injured” in the bombing without providing numbers. Airwars has quantified this as 12-24, to account for this ambiguity.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strike to Israeli forces. Multiple sources specified that the strike occurred without warning.

Every name identified in the strike was found by Airwars among the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of names released on October 26th, 2023.

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 local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (15)

Saeed Youssef al-Azayza سعيد يوسف العزايزة
75 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 927630145
Ward Muhammad al-Azayza ورد محمد العزايزة
60 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 927637694
Amira al-Azayza أميرة العزايزة
23 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 405882028
Lupine al-Azayza لوبين العزايزة
47 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 901309195
Fathia al-Azayza فتحية العزايزة
42 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 801116732
Elia Lupine al-Azayza اليا العزايزة
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437012693
Luna al-Azayza لونا العزايزة
48 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 900812751
Malak Abu Tawahinah ملك أبو طواحنة
21 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 408364404
Kinda Abu Tawahinah كندا أبو طواحنة
19 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 421087123
Muhammad Abu Tawahinah محمد أبو طواحنة
10 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 433825098
Amna al-Azayza أمنة العزايزة
40 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 800075772
Tariq al-Halisi طارق الحليسي
57 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 700280316
Ziad al-Halisi زياد الحليسي
9 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 434230777
Ali al-Halisi علي الحليسي
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 436888432
Ola al-Halisi علا الحليسي
11 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433153673

Family members (4)

Balsam Basil al-Azayza بلسم باسل العزايزة
30 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 803915420
Saeed al-Azaizeh سعبد العزايزة
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 436834634
Ward al-Azaizeh ورد العزايزة
6 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 438532962
Muhammad Youssef al-Azayza محمد يزسف العزايزة
62 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 927630178

Family members (7)

Abdel Nasser al-Halisi عبد الناصر الحليسي
64 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 700499882
Arwa al-Halisi اروا الحليسي
36 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 801289216
Muhammad al-Halisi محمد الحليسي
10 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 433931474
Abdullah al-Halisi عبد الله الحليسي
9 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435096367
Abdul Rahman al-Halisi عبد الرحمن الحليسي
2 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444984413
Abdul Aziz al-Halisi عبد العزيز الحليسي
4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 439077017
Batoul al-Halisi بتول الحليسي
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 440654325

Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention Deir Al Balah (دير البلح). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.419778, 34.351556.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    26
  • (12 children9 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (37) [ collapse]

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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
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    26
  • (12 children9 women5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (37) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0168

Incident date

October 12, 2023

Location

مخيم النصيرات, Nuseirat camp, central Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.447637, 34.392864 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

During the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Aqal family home located in the Nuseirat camp, central Gaza Strip, resulted in the death of one civilian.

Al-Mayadeen news covered the incident, stating that a “martyr was recovered from the home of the Aqal family”, with Wattan news reporting that the airstrike took place at approximately 11:25 in the evening. Multiple sources on local and social media, including Shehab Agency, Sanad News Agency, Safa, and Rafah Service, corroborated the location of the strike, with most of them confirming the death of one civilian and the recovery of a body. Sources did not mention any other casualties or specify the identity of the victim. Rafah Service Official Account posted on Facebook a video showing the aftermath of the attack, while Adham Khaled Jabareen shared a video showing an ambulance arriving at a hospital.

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 local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Nuseirat Camp (مخيم النصيرات) to the north east of Deir al Balah (دير البلح) for which the generic coordinates are: 31.447637, 34.392864. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    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.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    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.

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS149

Incident date

August 19, 2022

Location

الباب, Al Bab, Syria

Geolocation

36.370731, 37.520964 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between nine to seventeen civilians were killed, including five to six children, and 26 to 42 others were injured, including eleven children, as a result of missile fire which hit a “crowded” marketplace and residential homes and a school in Al Bab city, Aleppo, Syria, on August 19th 2022. The missile fire was an alleged Syrian regime or SDF (PYD/PKK) action.  Local sources were reporting the event as the “Al Bab massacre” due to the high death toll.

One of the missiles hit the four way intersection known as Khamis Local Market in Al-Bab’s Al Sharqi neighbourhood, according to Syrian Network for Human Rights.

MMC reported that the death toll rose to 14 with up to 38 wounded including five civilians who remained unidentified.

One woman who was killed was allegedly displaced from Deir ez-Zor governorate. Another civilian reportedly killed, Tayseer Ramadan, was reportedly displaced from Maarat al-Numan. The Syrian Civil Defense reported that the area, Al Bab, has become “the last refuge for thousands of families that have been displaced by the regime forces and Russia and are living in an acute humanitarian crisis.”

MMC reported that the Director of the Media Center of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Farhad Shami said, “our forces have nothing to do with the bombing of the city of Al-Bab”, denying the responsibility of the PYD/PKK.  Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that six missiles hit the town of Al Bab and they have so far been unable to identify the source of the missiles. They believe that it is a result of either Syrian regime forces or by the Syrian Democratic Forces due to the location of the strike, coming from areas jointly controlled by both actors.

One volunteer from the Syrian Civil Defense reported, “everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood…it is clear that the criminal who bombed the city aimed to kill the largest number of civilians and children, because a missile targeted a school, and thank God, today is a holiday, otherwise the tragedy would have been greater.”

The incident occured during the day.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Mohamed Jihad Ramadan
male killed
Tayseer Ramadan
Age unknown male brother of Mohamed killed

The victims were named as:

Iyad Al-Mustafa
Age unknown male killed
Juma Al Hamdan
Age unknown male killed
Zahraa Al Hamdan
Age unknown female killed
Mahmoud Al Suwid
Child male killed
Ahmed Al Abdullah
Age unknown male killed
Yasser Zeidan
Child male killed
Mohammad Al Zaiter
Child male killed
Ahmed Elhayani
Age unknown male killed
Firas Al-Sloo
Age unknown female killed
Abdul Hamid Al Shelash
Age unknown male killed
Ahmed Taha Abu Yasser
Age unknown male killed
Lhaled Havani
Age unknown male injured
Majed Maatramawy
Age unknown male injured
Mustafa Haj Hamdan
Age unknown male injured
Ibrahim Sheikh
Age unknown male injured
Ismail Al Nashif
Age unknown male injured
Izdihar Al Taha
Age unknown injured
Abdel Hamid Shalash
Age unknown male injured
Abdul Hakim Hussein
Age unknown male injured
Abdul Basit Al-Ezzo
Age unknown male injured
Abdul Karim Al Samou
Age unknown male injured
Laith Al Mahmoud
Age unknown male injured
Ali Mu'atal
Age unknown male injured
Muhammad Al Suwaid
Age unknown male injured
Bilal Al-Abdullah
Age unknown male injured
Hassan Shalash
Age unknown male injured
Abboud Al-Faki
Age unknown male injured
Amira Al-Faki
Age unknown female injured
Issa Al-Faki
Age unknown injured
Walaa Al-Faki
Age unknown injured
Elaf Al Faki
Age unknown female injured
Elaf Al Faki
Age unknown injured
Mays Maarawi
Age unknown injured
Mahmoud Birawi
Age unknown injured
Salma Huma
Age unknown injured
Abdul Hadi Al Hammadi
Age unknown male injured
Muhammad Al Tadfi
Age unknown male injured
Abdul Hadi Al Kadi
Age unknown male injured
Mustafa Hamdan
Age unknown male injured
Ahmed Hazoum
Age unknown male injured
Ghabath Atabi
Age unknown male injured
Ali Mu'atal
Age unknown
Marwan Al-Khamis
Child male killed
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Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp, Marketplace, School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 17
  • (5–6 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    26–42
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, YPG

Sources (81) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Up to fourteen people were killed when missiles hit Al Bab centre including a busy marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EuphratsPostNews / Facebook)
  • Up to fourteen people were killed when missiles hit Al Bab centre including a busy marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EuphratsPostNews / Facebook)
  • Up to fourteen people were killed when missiles hit Al Bab centre including a busy marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EuphratsPostNews / Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported from the damaged marketplace after reportedly rescuing fourteen bodies, and more than 30 wounded civilians (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • Local source Alkhabour2011 reported on the destruction after up to fourteen civilians were reportedly killed when missiles hit the Al Bab marketplace (Image via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • MMC reported "The first moments of the location of the missile shelling that targeted residential neighborhoods and popular markets in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo" (Images via Facebook)
  • HalabTodayTV reported "The number of victims of the bombing on the market of the city of #Al-Bab, east of #Aleppo, has risen to 14, and more than 30 wounded" (Image via Facebook)
  • Up to fourteen civilians were reported killed after contested missiles hit Al Bab marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via Sham)
  • Up to fourteen civilians were reported killed after contested missiles hit Al Bab marketplace on August 19th 2022 (Image via EMC / Facebook)
  • Tayseer Ramadan was reportedly killed by a missile strike on Al Bab on August 19th 2022 (Image via MMC / Facebook)
  • @SyrianCoalition reported that civilians were crowding around blood donation centers after the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via Twitter)
  • @SyrianCoalition reported that civilians were crowding around blood donation centers after the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via Twitter)
  • @SyrianCoalition reported that civilians were crowding around blood donation centers after the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via Twitter)
  • Up to 42 people were reported wounded including many children after the Al-Bab Massacre on August 19th 2022 (Image via @abuhuzaifa_ / Twitter)
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    @DeirEzzorNow reported Civilian casualties were caused by missile shelling from areas controlled by the "regime and SDF" that targeted a popular market in the city of #Al-Bab in the eastern countryside of Aleppo (Image via Twitter)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that their teams treated the injured and retrieved the bodies after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that their teams treated the injured and retrieved the bodies after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • Syrian Civil Defense reported that their teams treated the injured and retrieved the bodies after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Facebook)
  • Sham News reported from the scene as the death toll rose after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Twitter)
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    "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Pictures from the #Al-Bab_massacre that took place this morning, with the bombing of the regime forces and the SDF on the popular market." (Images via @shamnews / Twitter)
  • "Exclusive photo from SNHR showing the damage caused by the missile strike on the main road in the area known as al Khamis Local Market in al Bab city." (Image via SNHR)
  • "Exclusive photo from SNHR showing the damage caused by the missile strike on the main road in the area known as al Khamis Local Market in al Bab city." (Image via SNHR)
  • "Exclusive photo from SNHR showing the damage caused by the missile strike on the main road in the area known as al Khamis Local Market in al Bab city." (Image via SNHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
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    "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
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    "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • "SOHR activists have confirmed that the number fatalities in today’s artillery attack on an outdoors market and residential neighbourhoods in Al-Bab city, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxy faction, has jumped to seven civilians, including children, as well as the injury of 23 others" (Images via SOHR)
  • Destruction after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 where up to fourteen people were killed (Image via @Syriacivildefe / Twitter)
  • “Everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood, at this moment, I already knew what the meaning of a bite dipped in blood." One Syrian Civil Defense volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • “Everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood, at this moment, I already knew what the meaning of a bite dipped in blood." One Syrian Civil Defense volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • “Everything is stained with blood, the smell of death is everywhere, the scene is very harsh, people, body parts and children, they are all people descending looking for their livelihood, at this moment, I already knew what the meaning of a bite dipped in blood." One Syrian Civil Defense volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • “Where did my son go, did he die or live??….there are many questions I encountered today while responding to the bombing that targeted the popular market in the city of Al-Bab," one mother told a Syrian Civil Defense Volunteer (Image via Syrian Civil Defense / Twitter)
  • The death toll according to the Syrian Civil Defense (Image via Twitter)
  • First responders after the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via @samerdaboul6 / Twitter)
  • "Initial images of the missile attack on the city of Al-Bab" (Image via @Jabalybaraa / Twitter)
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    "Initial images of the missile attack on the city of Al-Bab" (Image via @Jabalybaraa / Twitter)
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    A photo of a child killed by a missile strike which has become known as the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via @jabalybaraa / Twitter)
  • Two young children reportedly killed in the "Al Bab Massacre"(Image via @Omar_Madaniah / Twitter)
  • Baladi News showed the destruction after the "Al Bab Massacre"
  • Baladi News showed the destruction after the "Al Bab Massacre"
  • "Pictures of wounded children, except for 15 martyrs, most of whom are children, and wounded, whose number exceeded 33, including 8 cases of amputation by missiles of the internationally authorized crime" (Image via @bkdadaksa / Twitter)
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    Graphic image of man carrying body part of one of the civilians killed during the "Al Bab Massacre" (Image via @almo3tasem91 / Twitter)
  • A child reportedly killed during the "Al Bab Massacre" on August 19th 2022 (Image via Abo Hareth / Facebook)
  • "The martyr of the Al-Bab massacre today, for those who know him, the news of his family is in Al-Bab Hospital" (Image via Saker Al Jazrawi / Facebook)
  • "Moved to God's mercy #Ahmed_Taha_Abu_Yasser, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the bombing that targeted the city of Al-Bab in the name of Al-Arouj. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return" (Image via Al Oruuj clan / Facebook)
  • "Moved to God's mercy #Ahmed_Taha_Abu_Yasser, succumbed to his injuries as a result of the bombing that targeted the city of Al-Bab in the name of Al-Arouj.
  • "Moved to God's mercy, the child Mahmoud Muhammad Al-Suwayd as a result of the bombing" (Image via Shareef / Facebook)
  • "The martyr, God willing, Marwan bin Muhammad Ali Khamis Al-Abrash, the funeral prayer at the Osama bin Zaid Mosque at three o’clock" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "The martyr, God willing, Ahmed Hayani" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "The martyr, God willing, Ahmed Hayani" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "The death of the child Yasser Zeidan as a result of the bombing" (Image via Al Bab countryside / Facebook)
  • "Praying for the funeral in Zamzam mosque after the afternoon prayer. Burial in the northern cemetery" (Image via Al Bab death / Facebook)
  • "The martyrdom of the child Muhammad Khalil Zuaiter" (Image via Al Bab Death / Facebook)
  • "The head and members of the local council of al-Bab city, the mayor of al-Bab, and the city’s attorney general, with the participation of the representative of the Syrian National Coalition, perform the duty of condolences to the families of the martyrs of the al-Bab city massacre, and check on the wounded in the city’s hospital." (Al Bab puls / Facebook)
  • "He passed away to the mercy of God Almighty, the martyr, God willing, Firas Mustafa Sabri Al-Sallo, succumbed to his wounds as a result of a missile attack this morning." (Image via AL Bab pul / Facebook)
  • "The child Marwan Al-Khamis from the city of Tadef, one of the martyrs of today" (Image via Al Bab puls)
  • "The names of the martyrs who were martyred this morning as a result of a missile attack on the city" (Image via Al Bab puls / Facebook)
  • "The names of the martyrs who were martyred this morning as a result of a missile attack on the city" (Image via Al Bab puls / Facebook)
  • "The martyrdom of the two young men, “Tayseer Ramadan” and his brother, “Mohamed Ramadan,” from the displaced people of the city of Maarat al-Numan, as a result of the missile shelling that targeted the city of al-Bab a while ago." (Image via Yusuf / Facebook)
  • "The martyrdom of the young man (("Mohamed Ramadan))" of the displaced from the city of #Maarat_al-Numan as a result of the missile shelling that targeted the city of #Al-Bab a while ago" Image via Malek Abo Yazan / Facebook)
  • "To God, the matter before and after belongs to God and to Him we shall return. The martyr, God willing, Iyad Ibrahim Al-Mustafa, may God have mercy on you and give patience to your family" (Image via Iyad Madmoud / Facebook)

Syrian Regime Assessment:

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

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp, Marketplace, School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 17
  • (5–6 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    26–42
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, YPG

Sources (81) [ collapse]

Incident Code

YS048

Incident date

October 15, 2019

Location

Kızıltepe, Turkey

Geolocation

36.993950, 40.338492 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Two or three civilians from the same famiy were reported killed and 11 or 12 others injured in an alleged YPG mortar attack on the village of Taşlıca in the Kızıltepe district in Mardin, Turkey, on October 15th 2019, according to local media sources.

According to Nusaybinden.com, the attack was launched from the Syrian side of Dırbasiye’den. Hacı Halil Türkoğlu and his nephew Bedran Türkoğlu were killed in the attack and buried in their village which is now in the process of being evacuated.

Cizre Habere Bak said the number of fatalities rose to three and named the third victim as Nurettin Türkoğlu.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Age unknown male killed
Age unknown male killed
Nurettin Türkoğlu

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the village of Taşlıca in the Kızıltepe district in Mardin. Analysing audio-visual material from sources we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 36.993950, 40.338492.

  • Imagery:
    EHA News

  • Imagery:
    EHA News

  • Imagery: EHA News

    Imagery:
    EHA News

  • Imagery:
    Google Maps

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–12
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Grieving family member of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Burial of civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • A family member of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Burial of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Burial of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Burial of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Burial of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Grieving family member of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Burial of two civilians reported killed in an alleged YPG mortar attack on Kızıltepe, Turkey on October 15th 2019. (Via nusaybinden.com).
  • Footage of the strike.
  • Images for the aftermath of the strike on Kızıltepe, Oct 15th (via TRT)
  • Images for the aftermath of the strike on Kızıltepe, Oct 15th (via TRT)
  • Images for the aftermath of the strike on Kızıltepe, Oct 15th (via TRT)
  • Images for the aftermath of the strike on Kızıltepe, Oct 15th (via TRT)
  • Images for the aftermath of the strike on Kızıltepe, Oct 15th (via Cizre Habere Bak)

YPG Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–12
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    YPG

Sources (14) [ collapse]