Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

PALIS003

Incident date

May 11, 2021

Location

جفعاتايم , Sheinkin street, Givatayin, Israel

Geolocation

32.07617589, 34.81435355 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between four and six people were injured in a rocket strike reported to have been launched by Hamas in Gaza on May 11th, 2021, to Givatayin, east Tel Aviv according to local reports.

Police told The Times Of Israel that remnants of a rocket which had been intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system hit a house in the suburb of Tel Aviv. @Elizrael tweeted that “a rocket exploded next to my brother’s house in Givatayim (central Israel). He and his neighbors are fine because they are all in the shelter, and the Iron Dome system shot down most of the missiles.”

The Magen David Adom medical service said its staff treated six people for light injuries resulting from broken glass and smoke inhalation. All of those injured in the strike, including a 33-year-old man with shrapnel injuries to his hand, were transferred to Ichilov Hospital for treatment.

@lamessazzam identified five people as being wounded in the rocket fire in Givatayim while @AAhronheim tweeted that four were “lightly” injured.

Galit Bialobopolo told News.in.24: “Around 8:45 pm (Tuesday), the sirens sounded and I heard very close and very loud ‘booms’ one after the other. A rocket landed on the building in front of me” Bialobopolo said, but the blast of the explosion was felt even in his apartment, very damaged, noted an AFP team.

Paldf News identified the strikes as being from “resistance rockets” and @avimayer pointed out that the rockets came from Gaza.

The incident occured at approximately 8:45 pm local time.

  • Name unknown 33 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Damage caused by rockets fired at Givatayin on May 11, 2021. (Image posted by HebMix via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by rockets fired at Givatayin on May 11, 2021. (Image posted by HebMix via Facebook)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck on Sheinkin street (שיינקין), in Givatayin (גבעתיים). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Sheinkin street are: 32.07617589, 34.81435355.

  • Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck on Sheinkin street (שיינקין), in Givatayin (גבעתיים).

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Palestinian Militants Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Palestinian Militants
  • Palestinian Militants position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Palestinian Militants

The Joint Chamber of the Palestinian Resistance Factions 12.05.2021 00:20:02
“And they thought that their fortresses prevented them from God, so God came to them from whence they did not expect, and they were thrown at them.”
A joint statement issued by:
The common room of the Palestinian resistance factions

The battle of Saif al-Quds continues in defense of our people and our holy sites, and it is a holy battle that continues until the enemy retreats from its aggression. In this regard, we are blaring salutations in the name of the resistance leadership to the families of the martyrs and the wounded. You will not go to waste.
The joint room confirms in the harvest of the second day of the battle of Seif al-Quds that if it bombed the Zionist enemy with more than 300 shells and missiles, the resistance today delivered the largest missile strike in the history of the conflict with the Zionist occupier, especially to the enemy’s sites in Tel Aviv and its suburbs, and the enemy leadership failed while looking To its entity as it burns in anticipation of the resistance’s readiness and level of readiness to defend our people and its sanctities.
The leadership of the joint room salutes all our people in all their places of residence, and specifically mentions our people in the Gaza Strip who are facing the siege and aggression and rally around their resistance in its defense of Jerusalem, and to our people in the occupied areas in the West Bank, Jerusalem and the occupied interior, and calls them to strike the enemy everywhere with what is available They have the capabilities to make the enemy retreat from its actions against our sanctities and our people.

God is greater and victory for the resistance
The common room of the Palestinian resistance factions
Wednesday 30 Ramadan 1442 AH
Corresponding to 05/12/2021AD

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

PALIS002

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

النقب الغربي, Western Negev, Israel

Geolocation

31.258889, 34.799722 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Subdistrict level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A missile, allegedly fired from Gaza, struck an ambulance injuring the driver in the Western Negev region of Israel on May 10th 2021, according to local reports.

The Magen David Adom medical service, which operates the ambulance, said the vehicle was struck by a rocket whilst traveling to attend to a call. The driver was treated by his colleagues for mild injuries and taken to Soroka Hospital, according to the source.

Israeli media outlet I24 described the munition as an “anti-tank projectile” and reported that the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad had claimed responsibility for the strike.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Hamas had claimed responsibility for the attack saying it was “in retaliation to [Israel’s] crimes and aggression on the holy city and brutality against our people in Sheikh Jarrah and Al Aqsa Mosque.” According to the source a spokesman for the group, Abu Obeida, said it would step up its attacks if Israel ramps up theirs. However, it is unclear if Hamas was specifically referring to this incident as they only referenced targeting Jerusalem.

A video, posted to the Magen David Adom Twitter account, shows one of its vehicles with a broken window. According to the source, the strike took place between the hours of 19:00 and 22:30.

 

The incident occured between 7:00 pm and 10:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention an ambulance being struck in the Western Negev (النقب الغربي) area, potentially in vicinity of Beersheba () city where Soroka hospital is located. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Beersheba are: 31.258889, 34.799722.

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

PALIS001

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

نير عام, Nir Am, Israel

Geolocation

31.5194125, 34.5743883 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One Israeli civilian was reported injured when a guided missile, allegedly fired from Gaza, struck a vehicle in the town of Nir Am in the western Negev region of southern Israel on May 10th 2021, according to local reports.

Quds 10 said: “A settler was injured and an Israeli vehicle was set on fire by a guided missile in the northern Gaza Strip.”

Al Makdesy Media reported the unnamed 49-year-old man from Sderot was treated for injuries to his face and limbs by the Magen David Adom medical service. He was later transferred to Barzilai Hospital for treatment, according to the source.

A video released on the evening of May 10th 2021 by the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, appeared to show footage of the strike which took place not far from the border with Gaza.

Another video posted to twitter by Matan Tzuri appears to show the aftermath of the strike in which a vehicle can be seen ablaze.

The Palestinian Information Center quoted Hebrew sources as saying the strike was the result of rocket fire.

The strike took place in the evening according to Walla News.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Name unknown 49 years old injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Documentation of the moment of impact of the anti-tank missile (Photo: Arab Networks, provided by Mariv News)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village Nir Am (نير عام), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.5194125, 34.5743883. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Palestinian Militants
  • Palestinian Militants position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT001

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

شارع المصريين, Al Masryeen Street, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.534080, 34.549485 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to nine civilians (mostly from one family) were killed, and as many as 18 people were injured, in an alleged Israeli artillery strike on the Al Dhahra area in eastern Beit Hanoun on May 10th, 2021. The Israeli military however reportedly denied responsibility for the strike, claiming that the deaths were caused by a Palestinian rocket launch that went awry.

At least four of the dead were children from the al-Masri family. They were identified by a cousin, 14-year-old Ibrahim, as brothers Ibrahim and Marwan and their cousins Rahaf and Yazan. Another family member, 22-year-old Ahmed, died the following day from injuries sustained in the blast. Ahmed was due to be married in less than a week.

A further two children were also reported to have been killed in the same incident, with Defence for Children – Palestine naming 11-year-old Hussein Muneer Hussein Hamad and 16-year-old Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammad Hassanain as among the dead. AFP interviewed Hamad’s father at his funeral, who said the al Masri family were their neighbours.

Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, alongside two other sources, also named Mohammed Ali Mohammed Nusseir as a victim of the strike. He was aged between 20 and 24 years of age. The Israeli Defense Forces listed Nusseir as “eliminated” by IDF forces and referred to him as “active in the terrorist organization Hamas”. However, Jalal, Nusseir’s brother, told Human Rights Watch that Nusseir did not belong to an armed group. According to his brother, Nusseir made an income buying and selling barley from a horse and cart and the al-Masri family were a regular supplier of his. Two people interviewed for the report said that one of the reasons so many children were killed in the strike was that they had crowded around Nusseir’s horse when it arrived at the al-Masri homes.

On July 27th 2021, Human Rights Watch published a report in which they said “an Israeli-guided missile” struck the residence of the al-Masri family in Beit Hanoun on May 10th. As part of their investigation, Human Rights Watch visited the location on three occasions and interviewed seven members of the al-Masri family, including three relatives of two people also killed in the strike. Interviewees told Human Rights Watch the attack happened shortly after 6 p.m. when family members were packing processed barley into sacks to sell to Mohammed Nusseir.

Ibrahim, the al-Masri cousin, witnessed the incident. According to his account to AFP, two of the boys had been filling sacks of straw to sell at a livestock market when the strike hit. Along with his cousins he was putting the sacks onto a cart at the time. “We were laughing and having fun, when suddenly they began to bomb us, everything around us caught fire,” he said. “I saw my cousins set alight, and torn into pieces.”

Four of those interviewed by Human Rights Watch said they saw the missile approach moments before the strike. Mohammed Attallah’s son, Mohammed Mohammed said: “I was with my brothers, packing barley into sacks. Suddenly, I saw something coming toward us from the east. When I first saw it, it was high in the air. Then it gradually descended as it came in our direction. It exploded about one meter from the ground. Something hit me in the eye, the abdomen, and legs. I flew into the air and landed on the ground. I didn’t lose consciousness. I saw that my brother Ahmed, my sister Rahaf, and my nephew Yazan were dead. Their bodies were all torn up. It was awful.” Ihsan al-Zaneen 29, who was sitting outside her parents’ house when the attack happened, said he saw “a missile” coming through the air “from the east” prior to the explosion. Ahed Hassanein, 12, who was standing on the roof of his house at the time said he saw a “big mass come from the Nahal Oz area” in Israel, an area about 7.5 kilometers southeast of Beit Hanoun, before it exploded nearby. Ghassan al-Masri, 24 , who was injured in the attack, said that he was facing east when he saw something coming from the southeast that was “flying low and quietly towards the group which then exploded in the air close to the ground.”

Human Rights Watch said remnants of the munition, photographed on the morning of May 11th, indicate that the weapon used was a type of guided missile. The lack of an impact crater also suggested the munition detonated in mid-air.

Youssef al-Masri, the father of brothers Ibrahim and Marwan, said the strike had been targeting a motorcycle that was passing by. “The children were playing with their cousins in front of the house when a man on a motorcycle passed by, and the occupation targeted him twice.” Al-Masri added, “I cannot find any justification whatsoever for targeting someone passing through overcrowded civilian neighbourhoods where dozens of children usually play.”

Other sources asserted that the strike hit a house, which Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights said belonged to Attallah Al-Masri. This included Haaretz, which were told by witnesses that the children had been playing close to their house in a plaza which was around 800 metres from the border fence. Human Rights Watch concluded that damage caused to two of the four al-Masri houses occurred after the attack on May 10th.

While the accounts differed slightly, none appeared to be contradictory. A neighbour of the Al Masri family, Ahmed Nasser, described the chaos of the scene to a Middle East Eye reporter. “We were preparing for Iftar, and children and youths were sitting in the neighbourhood, before a massive explosion, followed by another one, suddenly rocked the street,” he said. “I ran out to the street and the scene was horrific. Children were killed and young men were bleeding. Mothers were crying and screaming while the [targeted] motorcycle and its driver were on fire.”

Middle East Eye reported eyewitnesses telling them the airstrikes hit “crowded neighbourhoods after armed Palestinian groups at the eastern Gaza border targeted an Israeli military vehicle with a Kornet missile, and launched a barrage of rockets towards Israel.” Four witnesses, interviewed by Human Rights Watch, said that shortly before the attack they had heard one or more munitions being launched into Israel from Gaza. However, Human Rights Watch said they found no evidence that any of the victims were combatants, nor were there any military target at or near the site of the strike.

Eighteen other residents were reportedly injured in the incident, among them a woman and 10 children, Haaretz and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights reported. Medical staff at Beit Hanoun said three of the victims were in a serious condition, while the others sustained light to moderate injuries. Three additional houses were reportedly damaged.

Additional members of the al-Masri family were identified as among the injured by Facebook user Kamil AJ  – Othman Issa Othman Al-Masri, Israa Rafiq Fayek Al-Masri and Ghassan Muhammad Atallah Al-Masri, alongside Nabil Muhammad Hani Shabat, Hani Mohamed Hani Shabat, Jamil Muhammad Hani Shabat, Hossam Ali Mahmoud Naseer and Mahmoud Hussam Ali Naseer.

Family members expressed their devastation to reporters following the strike. Ibrahim al-Masri, the cousin who witnessed the incident said, “Why did they leave me? I would have wanted to die as a martyr like them.” Abu Hussein Hamad, the father of Hamad, sobbed to reporters that he’d promised to buy him new shoes for the Eid celebrations. “What did this innocent child do?” he asked.

While almost all sources blamed an Israeli targeted strike for the civilian deaths, the Times of Israel – citing Channel 12 News – asserted that “the IDF is denying responsibility for the kids’ deaths, saying they were killed in a rocket launch at Israel that went awry.” And YNET reported that “The IDF claims that intelligence tests conducted during the day show that six Gazan children were killed with certainty by failed launches by Palestinian Islamic Jihad since the beginning of the escalation round.”

The ages for the children differed. Yazan was reported by one source as three months old but most identified him as two-years-old, while Marwan was aged between seven and ten and Ibrahim between 11 and 14.

The New York Times shared an image of Ibrahim al-Masri, which Defence for Children International – Palestine said was Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammad Hassanain, who also died in this incident. It is unclear which source is correct.

The organization, NGO Monitor, said discrepancies in reporting on the type of munition used in the strike by the likes of PCHR, Al Haq and Al Mezan strongly suggested the casualties were the result of a Palestinian rocket that fell short inside Gaza.

The incident occured at approximately 6:10 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (9)

  • Yazan al-Masri 2 years old male Yazan's cousins Rahaf, Ibrahim and Marwan was also killed killed
  • Rahaf al-Masri 10 years old female Rahaf was a cousin to Yazan, Marwan and Ibrahim killed
  • Marwan al-Masri 7 years old male Marwan was a brother to Ibrahim and a cousin to Yazan and Rahaf killed
  • Ibrahim al-Masri 11 years old Ibrahim was Marwan's brother and cousin to Yazan and Rahaf. This photo comes from the New York Times. Defence for Children - Palestine used an image of a different child who the New York Times calls Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammad Hassanain, another child killed in the strike killed
  • Ahmed al-Masri 22 years old male Ahmed al-Masri was reportedly due to get married the following week killed
  • Othman Issa Othman Al-Masri Age unknown male A source listed three injured people with the al-Masri name injured
  • Israa Rafiq Fayek Al-Masri Age unknown female A source listed three injured people with the al-Masri name injured
  • Ghassan Muhammad Atallah Al-Masri Age unknown male Ghassan Al-masri, 22, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, May 13, 2021, where he is being treated for injuries caused by a May 10 Israeli strike that hit a near his home in the town of Beit Hanoun. (AP) injured
  • Ihsan Al-Masri Age unknown female Ihsan Al-Masri, 24, left, rests at the Shifa hospital in Gaza City, May 13, 2021, as her son plays on a mobile phone on the bed next to her. She was injured in a May 10 Israeli strike that hit a near her home. injured
  • Hussein Muneer Hussein Hamad 11 years old male Hamad’s father told AFP that they were neighbours with the al-Masri family killed
  • Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammad Hassanain 16 years old killed
  • Mahmoud Hussam Ali Naseer Age unknown male injured
  • Hossam Ali Mahmoud Naseer Age unknown male injured
  • Nabil Muhammad Hani Shabat Age unknown injured
  • Hani Mohamed Hani Shabat Age unknown injured
  • Jamil Muhammad Hani Shabat Age unknown injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (3–6 children1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–18
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Israeli Military, Palestinian Militants
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (50) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (30) [ collapse]

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    Caption includes list of victims killed in the strike (via @falastinalqadia)
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    Translated caption: Martyrs of our family, may God have mercy on them (via Jad Al Masry on Facebook)
  • Translated caption: Martyrs of our city, Beit Hanoun, may God have mercy on them (via Facebook post from Bassam Hamdan)
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    An image showing the victims of the May 10th, 2021 strike in northern Gaza Strip ( via @TRTArabi)
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    A Palestinian mother mourns for her two children killed during Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, at the morgue of Beit Hanoun Hospital on May 10, 2021 (via Anadolu Agency)
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    Translated caption: Pictures from Beit Hanoun after the Israeli raids that killed 9 Palestinians, including 3 children, in the Gaza Strip (via @TRTArabi)
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    Photo caption: Jerusalem is calling and Gaza responds ‌9 martyrs, most of them children, and a number of injuries to Beit Hanoun Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip (via @_Y9PHY)
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    Translated caption: Jerusalem is calling and Gaza responds ‌9 martyrs, most of them children, and a number of injuries to Beit Hanoun Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip (via @_Y9PHY_ )
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    Translated caption: Jerusalem is calling and Gaza responds ‌9 martyrs, most of them children, and a number of injuries to Beit Hanoun Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip (via @_Y9PHY_ )
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    Image shows injured child receiving treatment, shared in relation to the May 10th, 2021 strike in northern Gaza (via @_Y9PHY_ )
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    Image showing child being carried to safety. Shared in relation to the strike on the strike on May 10th, 2021 in Beit Hanoun
  • Three sources named Mohammed Ali Mohammed Nuseir as among the dead from the May 10th, 2021 strike in Beit Hanoun (image via @fidaazaanin)
  • Image of Hussein Muneer Hussein Hamad who was killed in the May 11th, 2021 strike in Beit Hanoun (via @fidaazaanin)
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    Image caption: A Palestinian mother mourns for her two children killed during Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, at the morgue of Beit Hanoun Hospital, in Beit Hanoun, Gaza on May 10th, 2021 (via Anadolu Agency)
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    Caption reads: Palestinian man pushes a bloody stretcher as wounded Palestinians are being brought to Indonesian Hospital to receive medical treatment after Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, on May 10th, 2021 in Beit Lahia, Gaza (via Anadolu Agency A source reported that victims from the May 10th, 2021 Beit Hanoun strike were taken the Indonesian hospital. Beit Lahia is close to Beit Hanoun
  • Image caption reads: A woman reacts as wounded Palestinians are being brought to Indonesian Hospital to receive medical treatment after Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, on May 10, 2021 in Beit Lahia, Gaza. At least 20 Palestinians, including 9 children, were killed in the Gaza Strip (via Anadolu Agency )
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    A wounded Palestinian kid is being brought to Indonesian Hospital to receive medical treatment after Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on May 10th, 2021. A source noted that some victims of the Beit Hanoun strike were taken to this hospital (via Anadolu Agency)
  • Image shows relatives mourning for children killed in the May 10th, 2021 incident at the morgue of Beit Hanoun Hospital (via Anadolu Agency)
  • Image shows someone receiving medical treatment at Indonesian Hospital after an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, on May 10th, 2021 in Beit Lahia, the caption states (via Anadolu Agency). Correspondent from Russia Today noted that some of the injured from the Beit Hanoun strike on May 10th, 2021 were taken to this hospital
  • Scene from the Indonesian hospital on May 10th, 2021 (via Anadolu Agency)
  • Image shows two of the children killed in the May 10th, 2021 strike in Beit Hanoun in the hospital morgue (via Anadolu Agency)
  • The New York Times shared this image reportedly showing Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammad Hassanain. However Defence for Children International - Palestine showed an image of different child they claimed was Hassanian. It's unclear which is correct
  • Hussein Hamad was also killed in the same blast as the al-Masri family members on May 10th, 2021 in Beit Hanoun (Photo provided by his family to Defence for Children - Palestine)
  • Caption translation: The martyr Ahmed Muhammad Atallah Al-Masri, 20 years old (via @fidaazaanin)
  • Marwan al-Masri was killed in the May 10th, 2021 incident in Beit Hanoun alongside his brother and two cousins (via The New York Times)
  • Rahaf al-Masri, 10, was killed on May 10th, 2021 in Beit Hanoun (photo shared by her family with The New York Times)
  • The New York Times shared this image which they said showed Ibrahim al-Masri, who died in the alleged Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun on May 10th, 2021. Defence for Children International - Palestine said this photo showed Ibrahim Abdullah Mohammad Hassanain, another child who died in the same incident. It is unclear which source is correct.
  • Yazan al-Masri was killed on May 10th, 2021 in the alleged Israeli strike in Beit Hanoun. His family shared this photo with Defence for Children - Palestine
  • Eliminated Mohammad Ali Nusseir Active in the terrorist organization Hamas Eliminated as part of Operation Wall Guard

Geolocation notes (6) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a strike on Al Masryeen Street (شارع المصريين) in Beit Hanoun (بيت حانون). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.534080, 34.549485.

  • Reports of the incident mention a strike on Al Masryeen Street (شارع المصريين) in Beit Hanoun (بيت حانون).

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Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

Eliminated

Mohammad Ali Nusseir

Active in the terrorist organization Hamas

Eliminated as part of Operation Wall Guard

Media
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  • Eliminated Mohammad Ali Nusseir Active in the terrorist organization Hamas Eliminated as part of Operation Wall Guard

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Palestinian Militants
  • Palestinian Militants position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (3–6 children1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–18
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Israeli Military, Palestinian Militants
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (50) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT005

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

صالح دردونة, Saleh Dardouna Street near Al-Omari Mosque in Jabalia, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.526024, 34.483359 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians were killed, including two children, and as many as 34 people were injured, when an alleged rocket fired by a Palestinian armed group landed in Saleh Dardouna Street, near the al-Omari Mosque in Jabalia, north Gaza on May 10th 2021, according to multiple sources.

An investigation by Human Rights Watch revealed that seven civilians had been killed. The victims were named as: Bara al-Gharabli, 6; Mustafa Mohammad Obied, 14; Mousa Khamees Junied al-Zain, 20; Raed Abu Warda, 33; Nabeel Noman Dardona, 24; Ismat al-Zain, 50; and Basheer Aloush, 54. Fifteen people were said to have been injured, including five children. A shopkeeper who witnessed the strike identified one of the injured children as Mohammed Shaban.

In a report published on May 11th 2021, Defence for Children International – Palestine, said eight civilians had been killed and as many as 34 injured, 10 of them children. Mustafa Mohammad Mahmoud Obaid, 16, was killed in the blast, and five-year-old Baraa Wisam Ahmad al-Gharabli succumbed to his injuries around 11 p.m. on May 10.

Another man, Zakaria Ziad Alloush, was also reported to have been killed. Tributes were paid online by relatives who identified Basheer and Zakaria Alloush as uncle and nephew respectively.

Four people, who were on the street at the time, said they saw a rocket rise into the sky above them and then fall to the street. Two adults said they saw the rocket approach from the northwest. Human Rights Watch spoke to a relative of one of the deceased who was at the scene. He gave the following account: “At about 6 p.m. I was standing near the entrance to the local market on Martyr Salah Dardona Street. I was near about 50 people who were close together in the street. Some of them were there to get food for poor people, cooked by locals wanting to help the poor during Ramadan. Suddenly, I heard a barrage of rockets being fired and I looked up and saw them rise in the air. I saw one rocket rising in the shape of a spiral and then it came down in the middle of the street about 10 meters from where I was standing.” The relative said that among those killed and injured were a father and a child washing a car, a man riding a motorbike, a child coming to get a plate of food, a woman exiting a hairdresser’s shop, and a child playing in front of a bicycle shop. The relative later spoke to a person who told him that six rockets had been launched from the Sheikh Radwan area of Jabalya.

The wife of one of those killed gave the following account: “[My husband] had just come home from work. He had bought sweets and new clothes for everyone, in preparation for Eid [Muslim holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan]. Before he left, he gave the kids some sweets and kissed and hugged them. Then he asked me to look after the kids, as he wanted to buy one more thing. He told me he wouldn’t be delayed, as he was feeling tired. But he never came back.”

Some sources, including accounts from relatives of the victims, reported that Israeli forces were responsible for the strike. Human Rights Watch determined, based on witness accounts during site visits, munition remnants, and a review of video footage, that the casualties had been caused by a Palestinian rocket. Defence for Children International – Palestine came to the same conclusion citing Palestinian security sources and explosives experts.

The website NGO Monitor reported that one of the deceased, Issmat Shaaban Al-Zain had been a member of the Izz Ad-din Al-Qassam brigades. Al Qassam verified that he was a member, posting in their Telegram channel “The martyr Al-Qassami Mujahid / Ismat Sha`aban Al-Zein from Jabalia Al-Balad, who was martyred during the battle of #Saif_Al-Quds”. The Israeli Defense Force also identified Raed Abu Warda as “a Hamas terrorist operative [who] was killed in a failed jihadist launch” but Raed’s name was not posted in the official Al Qassam Telegram channel.

The strike occurred at 18:00 local time.

The incident occured at approximately 6:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (2 children4–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–34
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Palestinian Militants, Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1–2

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
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  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Baraa Wissam Ahmed al-Garabli was killed when a Palestinian rocket reportedly fell short of its target on May 10th, 2021. (Image posted by Musa Alloush)
  • An image of Bashir Muhammad Alloush Abu Sa'ad (Image posted to the Facebook page of Abo Ibrahim Al Adham)
  • An image of Issmat Shaaban Al-Zain posing with a weapon. (Image posted by Hamas and used in a report by the Israeli research organisation, NGO Monitor)
  • A collage of images of Nabeel Dardona, Mousa al-Zain, Raed Abu Warda, Basheer Aloush, Zakaria Alloush, Mustafa Obied and Ismat al-Zain who died on May 10th 2021. Included are images of Muhammad Saber Suleiman and Saber Ibrahim Suleiman (ISPT003). (Image posted by the International Middle East Media Center)
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    A wounded man is helped by onlookers. (Image posted by the International Middle East Media Center)
  • An image of Zakaria Alloush who died alongside his uncle Bashir Alloush. (image posted to Facebook by Musa Alloush)
  • "ראא'ד אלעבד זכי אבו ורדה. פעיל בארגון הטרור חמאס, נהרג משיגור כושל של הג'יהאד" Ra'ad El-Abd Zaki Abu Varda. A Hamas terrorist operative was killed in a failed jihadist launch.

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a strike on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة) near Al Omari Mosque (مسجد العمري) in Jabalia (جباليا). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.526024, 34.483359.

  • A composite still from a video showing the immediate aftermath of the incident on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة), May 10, 2021.

    Imagery:
    Knooznet Article

  • A composite still from a video showing the immediate aftermath of the incident on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة), May 10, 2021.

    Imagery:
    Knooznet Article

  • A composite still from a video showing the immediate aftermath of the incident on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة), May 10, 2021.

    Imagery:
    Knooznet Article

  • Satellite image taken May 21, 2021, showing the features in the image above to verify an exact location.

    Imagery:
    Planet

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Palestinian Militants
  • Palestinian Militants position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Media
from belligerent (1) [ collapse]

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (2 children4–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–34
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Palestinian Militants, Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1–2

Sources (25) [ collapse]