2015 Qamishli bombings

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2015 Qamishli bombings
LocationQamishli, Al-Hasakah Governorate, Syria
Date30 December 2015
TargetAssyrian and Armenian Christians
Attack type
Backpack bombs and suicide bombing
PerpetratorsIslamic State
No. of participants

The 2015 Qamishli bombings refer to the bombing of three restaurants in Wusta, an Assyrian district in the Syrian government-controlled part of the city of Qamishli, Syria, on 30 December 2015.[1][2] The bombings were carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.[3][4] 18 people were killed and 35 wounded.[5][6] The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and the Syrian government accused each other of involvement in the bombings.[7][8]


Wusta clashes (2016)
Part of the Rojava conflict and the Syrian Civil War
Date12 January 2016
(1 day)
Status Ceasefire
 Syria  Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria
Units involved
Logo of the Gozarto Protection Forces.jpg Sootoro (GPF) People's Protection Units Flag.svg YPG
~500 fighters 30 vehicles, hundreds of fighters
Casualties and losses
1 killed, 2 wounded[9][10] 3 killed[9]
3 wounded[9]

In the aftermath of the 2015 Qamishli bombings that targeted Assyrian Christian restaurants, the Assyrian Sootoro defense militia set up security checkpoints around the perimeter of the al-Wusta neighborhood, a predominantly Christian district of Qamishli.[9][11]

On 12 January, at around 12:45, a group of Kurdish YPG fighters approached a GPF manned checkpoint and demanded that the militia take down the security barriers, stating that the checkpoints bothered residents and must be removed.[10][11] When this was refused, a YPG gunner opened fire from a 30. or 50. caliber machine gun mounted on a technical vehicle. A GPF fighter was struck in the head and killed instantly.[9] During the clashes, 3 YPG fighters were killed, 2 GPF were wounded, and 3 civilians were injured in the cross-fire.[9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.aina.org/news/20151230181909.htm
  2. ^ https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/least-16-killed-northeast-syria-bombings
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35204041
  4. ^ https://www.dailysabah.com/mideast/2015/12/31/daesh-suicide-attack-kills-17-in-qamishli-city-northeast-syria
  5. ^ https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/at-least-16-killed-in-restaurant-bombings-in-northern-syrian-city-1.2719117
  6. ^ "Twin suicide bombs in northeast Syria kill or wound dozens - Kurds, monitoring group". December 31, 2015 – via uk.reuters.com.
  7. ^ https://syrianobserver.com/EN/news/27768/pyd_accuses_regime_involvement_qamishli_bombings.html
  8. ^ "Bombing in Zaline (Qamishli), Syria". americanmesopotamian.org. American Mesopotamian Organisation. Retrieved March 9, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Kurds attack Assyrian Christian village in northern Syria". Hot Air. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  10. ^ a b c Agencies. "Assyrians and Kurds clash for first time in north Syria". www.mwcnews.net. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  11. ^ a b c "Assyrians and Kurds clash for first time in north Syria". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2016-01-25.