Turkish war crimes in NE Syria in five days | 72 Turkish airstrikes target nearly 55 and kill 45 persons
Turkish forces continue their absurd military escalation, mainly airstrikes by fighter jets and drones targeting vital institutions, populated areas and military positions in areas controlled by the Autonomous Administration in north and north-eastern Syria, which left heavy material and humanitarian losses.
According to SOHR statistics, these attacks, which followed threats by the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Hakan Fidan, left at least 45 fatalities. The fatalities are distributed as follows:
-40 persons in Al-Hasakah:
- 30 members of Asayish Forces were killed in an attack by a drone on a training centre in Kujarat village in Al-Hasakah countryside.
- A civilian was killed in an airstrike by a fighter jet on a station in Al-Qahtaniyah.
- Six members of Internal Security Forces (Asayish) and two other persons were killed in an attack on a military institution in Al-Mushayrifah.
- A civilian was killed in Tel Habash village in Amuda.
-Five persons in Kobani countryside:
- Two tunnel workers in Jalabiyah village.
- Three combatants in Sarin.
Yesterday, the Turkish president, Receb Tayyip Erdogan, announced that Turkish aircraft destroyed 194 targets in Syria and Iraq.
Beside the targeted military posts, SOHR sources have confirmed that over 50 sites of civilian properties and vital infrastructure were attacked by Turkish aircraft in the past five days, some targeted by several strikes. Those sites included two hospitals, a dispensary, grain silos, a vital dam, textile and paint factories, water and power stations and a school. Moreover, tens of populated villages in Al-Hasakah countryside have come under attack since Thursday, October 5.
Ankara’s claims of “fighting terrorism” must not be an excuse to attack infrastructure and properties of Syrian people or kill innocent and unarmed civilians.
Here is a breakdown of the sites of infrastructure which came under attack by Turkish airstrikes since October 5:
-Attacks by fighter jets: 34 airstrikes targeted at least 23 institution; they are as follows:
- 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.
- The COVID hospital in Ain Al-Arab.
- Oudah oil company near Al-Qahtaniyah.
- A site near Taqal Baqal station in Al-Malikiyah countryside.
- Kardahoul oil station in Al-Qahtaniyah countryside.
-Drone attacks: 38 strike targeted over 29 institutions and stations; 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.
- The oil stations of Hamz-bek, Qarjukh and Ar’aor in Al-Malikiyah countryside (Dayrek).
We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), stress that Turkish practices in Syria are considered war crimes, and the Turkish regime must be brought to justice for those crimes. We also renew our appeals to the United Nations, the international community and the UN Security Council to exert affective pressure on the Turkish government in order to stop its absurd military campaign and aggression against Syrian civilians, who have already been grappling with disastrous situation due to the protracted war.