Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

YS150

Incident date

September 15, 2022

Location

أولشلي, Oleshli, Aleppo, Syria

Geolocation

36.468652, 37.632403 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian, a sheikh at a local mosque, was injured by shrapnel from either heavy machine guns or auto cannon fire in the village of Oleshli on September 15, 2022.

According to the Syrian Civil Defense, a civilian was wounded by heavy machine guns from the areas controlled by the regime forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces in Oleshli. The machine gun fire hit civilian homes and a mosque in the village of Oleshli.

@Rian_almasri tweeted that the “sheikh of Al-Awlashli Mosque was injured by shrapnel in the head while raising the Maghrib call to prayer”. The Syrian Network for Human Rights identified the mosque damaged as the Omar bin al Khattab Mosque.

A tweet from @majdalrfiai identified the weapon used in the attack as a 23-gun explosive device, which the tweet attributed to the SDF, while the Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that the village of Oleshli was hit by an autocannon fired by either the Syrian regime forces or the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Strike target
    Mosque
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • 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

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Media
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  • Damage caused by alleged Syrian Democratic Forces and/or Syrian regime attacks on the village of Oleshli on September 15, 2022. (Image posted by Syrian Civil Defense)
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    Sheikh of Al-Awlashli Mosque was injured by shrapnel in the head while raising the Maghrib call to prayer on September 15, 2022. (Image posted by @Rian_almasri)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al-Awashli Mosque (مسجد الأولشلي), within the village of Oleshli (أولشلي), for which the generic coordinates are: 36.468652, 37.632403. 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

Syrian Regime Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Strike target
    Mosque
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]