Journalist Isam Abdullah was killed on Sunday in Turkey’s airstrikes on the city of Derik in North and East Syria as he was reporting at the scene for ANHA news agency.
Turkish forces bombed the areas Kobani, Shahba, Zirgan and Derik; one of the bombs targeted a car in the village of Taqil Baqil, which resulted in two deaths.
After the first attack in a village in Derik in Qamishlo, locals went to the scene to help the wounded, but seven were killed in a second airstrike. Among these was ANHA reporter Isam Abdullah.
As Isam was reporting the news, he was killed in the airstrike at the scene.
In his last news broadcast, Isam reported that the bombardment was on-going on and that reconnaissance aircraft were flying over the area.
“At 12:05, two warplanes belonging to the Turkish state bombed the electric field in the centre of Taqil Baqil. When civilian villagers went towards that area, warplanes bombarded the civilians in the same area again. The number of injured and dead is unknown. Warplanes are constantly flying over Derik,” he said.
On the live broadcast before he was hit, Isam also reported that three warplanes were flying constantly in the Koçerat region and said, “When people gathered at the explosion sites for the dead and wounded, the same warplanes came back and bombed people.”
Thousands joined on Monday the funeral ceremony of civilians, including Isam Abdullah, killed in the Turkish air strikes on 20 November, in Derik, north east Syria.