A child and a number of other civilians were reportedly killed and many more wounded after an attack by Turkey and its affiliated militias on 17 August in the Abu Rasin (Zargan) district of Al-Hasakah in North East Syria, ANHA reports.
A woman who was killed in the attack was identified as Nede Dexam Mesîx, but the child’s identity has not yet been released. It has been reported that many of the wounded included children.
As the casualties were brought to Al-Darbasiyah (Dirbesiye) hospital at midnight, the identified names of the civilians, with their ages (where established), who were wounded were reported to be: Ebdullah Yusif Xayir (1.5), Hesen İbrahim Hemid, Ehmed Nidal Hesen, Firyal Silêman Cemro (4), Aras Hesen (12), Mihemed Feysel Hesen (13), Yıldız Feysel Hesen (21), Selme Salih Hezîn (45), Esme Ebduleziz Temo (18) and Hedle Temo (65).
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) activists also issued a report about the attack. According to SOHR, Turkish forces and its affiliated militias shelled positions in the countryside of Tell Tamer (Tel Tamr) and Abu Rasin in the countryside of Al-Hasakah, targeting Tel Shenan, Bab al-Khair, Bab al-Farag in Abu Raseen, and the vicinity of the Asayish headquarters. Also, in the morning, the electricity station in Tell Tamer was targeted with several shells reportedly causing material losses.
SOHR also reported that a large number of civilians were escaping from the area on motorbikes or on bare-foot due to the fear of being targeted.
The Sochi Agreement was signed by Russia, Turkey and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in October 2019 to ensure security in northeastern Syria. However, Turkey has been repeatedly and continuously violating the agreement. Another recent example of such a violation took place on 4 August, when four Syrian civilians were killed from shelling by the alliance of Turkish armed forces and the Turkish-backed armed group, the Syrian National Army (SNA), in Sefawiyê village, in the north of Ain Issa and Tell Tamer provinces of North East Syria.