The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkish dramatic escalation in NE Syria three days on | 45 vital institutions destroyed in SDF-controlled areas

Turkish forces destroy infrastructure and commit war cri*mes

Turkish forces continue committing war crimes by attacking infrastructure in north-east Syria region, as attacks which directly target civilians, infrastructure and vital services and facilities are prohibited according to the international humanitarian law.


In the past few hours and days, Turkish aircraft directly attacked service and economic institutions and vital energy, power, oil and water stations.


According to statements by the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hakan Fidan, following the explosion which took place in front of the building of the security directorate of the Turkish Ministry of Interior Affairs in the Turkish capital, Ankara, the Turkish government has intentionally committed war crimes through attacking service institutions and facilities in north-east Syria.


The international humanitarian law prohibits attacking any non-military targets  stipulates that all conflicting powers must not carry out any indiscriminate or uncalculated attacks that could potentially harm civilians and civilian properties.


According to SOHR statistics, 65 sites were targeted by Turkish airstrikes since October 5. Those sites included 45 sites of civilian properties and vital infrastructure, some targeted by several strikes, including a hospital, a dispensary, grain silos and a vital dam.


We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), call upon the international community to interfere immediately to put an end to the absurd military campaign by Turkish forces on north Syria region, which has caused substantial material damage to 45 vital institutions so far, some of which have been put out of service.


Here is a breakdown of Turkish airstrikes on north Syria region today, October 7:


-Attacks by fighter jets: 19 airstrikes targeted the following positions:


  • A military institution of SDF and the Bureau of Finance in Al-Mushayrifah area.


  • An oil site in Kardahoul town.


  • Sikarka power station.


  • Taqal Baqal oil station.


  • Khana water station.


  • Power station in Al-Malikiyah.


  • Vital institutions in Karziru village, Mirka, Miral and Qarrah Joukh mountain in Al-Malikiyah countryside.


  • The COVID hospital in Al-Malikiyah countryside.


  • The industrial area in Al-Hasakah countryside.


  • The headquarters of “Star” radio station.


  • The surrounding areas of Rouj camp.


  • The paint plant in Ain Al-Arab.


  • The textile plant in Amuda.


  • Grain silos on the eastern outskirts of Amuda city.


  • A site near the sports hall in Kobani city.


-Drone attacks: 26 institutions and stations destroyed in airstrikes by Turkish drones; they are as follows:


  • Hammah water station in northern Al-Hasakah.


  • A water station in Al-Rakbah village in Tel Tamr countryside.


  • An oil institution in Kardahoul town in Al-Qahtaniyah.


  • The power station in Alat Qaws village in Al-Jawadiyah (Jal Agha).


  • Al-Sadd Al-Gharbi power station, which feeds large areas in Al-Hasakah city and countryside with electricity.


  • Car repair shop in Sarin


  • A power station on Al-Hizam Al-Gharbi road near COVID hospital in Al-Qamishli.


  • Al-Sa’idah oil station in Al-Qahtaniyah town.


  • Al-Oudah oil stations in Al-Qahtaniyah town.


  • A power station in Kharab Askar.


  • A dispensary in Milsoun neighbourhood in the east of Al-Qamishli city.


  • A power station in Amuda.


  • An oil institution near the power station.


  • The surrounding areas of Al-Oudah oil stations.


  • An ice-block plant on the international highway.


  • The gas station in Al-Suwaidiya in Al-Qamishli countryside.


  • Sikarka power station.


  • Two power stations in Al-Qahtaniyah and Al-Qamishli on Al-Hizam road.


  • Mazkaft dam in Al-Qamishly countryside.


  • An oil station affiliated to Al-Oudah oil stations in eastern Al-Qahtaniyah.


  • A school in Dada Abdaal village.