Israel and Gaza 2023

Satellite imagery, screenshot from Google Earth, October 2023

Belligerent
Israeli Military
Country
the Gaza Strip
start date
end date
Civilian Harm Status
Belligerent Assessment
Declassified Documents
Infrastructure

Incident Code

ISPT0010

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

محطة بنزين بهلول, Bahlul Petrol Station, Gaza , the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.537015, 34.462005 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the 7th of October, 2023 six members of the Shaaban family were reportedly killed after their family home in the Al-Nasr neighbourhood of Gaza city was bombed by Israeli airstrikes. Those killed in the attack were identified as Nazir Shaaban (36 years old), his wife Enas Shaaban (35 years old) and their four children: Omar Nazir Shaaban, Ghada Nazir Shaaban, Batoul Nazir Shaaban (7 years old) and Ahmed Nazir Shaaban (1 year old).

Facebook posts were also made by relatives of the Shaaban family, confirming the casualties. These included Abu Almeer Shabaan, the cousin of Nazir Shaaban and Eng-Fathi Shaban, uncle of Omar Nazir Shaaban. In connection to Nazir Shaaban’s work as a “medical and laboratory analysis specialist”, a statement of condolence was released on behalf of the leadership of the General Directorate of Military Medical Services. A similar statement was also released online by the Al-Shati Joint Primary School which two of Nazir Shaaban’s children had attended: “We also condole ourselves with the [death] of the good student Ghada Nazir Shaaban from the fifth grade and the good student Batoul Nazir Shaaban from the second grade”.

Al-Jazeera reported on the “touching scene of a young Palestinian who lost all his family members after Israeli fighters bombed the Abu Shaaban family home in Gaza City.” On the 9th of October Saleh Bey News also reported that (wider) family members had said on Facebook that the [Israeli] aircraft struck the house of Nazir Shawqi Shaaban without warning which led to the death of the entire family.

Additionally, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights published a report on the 8th of October, calling for the United Nations Security Council “to intervene immediately to stop Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people”. The report made reference to the attack on the Shaaban family: “the Israeli attacks also targeted the home of the Shaaban family, resulting in the [death] of all family members: the father, mother, and their four children”.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers released on October 26th.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Nazir Shaaban نذير شعبان
36 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801100769
Enas Shaaban ايناس شعبان
35 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 801927047
Omar Nazir Shaaban عمر نذير شعبان
male killed
Ghada Nazir Shaaban غادة نذير شعبان
Child female killed
Batoul Nazir Shaaban بتول نذير شعبان
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437307911
Ahmed Nazir Shaaban احمد نذير شعبان
1 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444884985

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (4 children1 woman1 man1 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Medical services Facebook
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    Source: Saeed Sakir Facebook
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    Source: Saeed Sakir Facebook
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    Source: Saeed Sakir Facebook
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    Source: Dr Akram Al-Tahir facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Salah Al Madhoon facebook
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    Source: Salah Al Madhoon facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Saleh Bey Facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Bahlul petrol station (محطة بنزين بهلول), within the city of Gaza (غَزَّة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.537015, 34.462005. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (4 children1 woman1 man1 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0008

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

عبسان الكبيرة, Abasan al-Kabira, Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.327947, 34.345404 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 7th 2023, 18 members of the same family, including at least five children and four women, were reportedly killed in an Israeli military airstrike, leaving at least one survivor, 11 year-old Tala Abu Daqqa, with injuries. Other sources reported that between 25 to 150 civilians were injured.

The attack took place at 11pm in the town of Abasan Al-Kabira, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. It was reported that Israeli aircrafts directly targeted the house of the Abu Daqqa family with several missiles, leading to its collapse.

Multiple sources corroborated that at least five children were killed.

Fajir News reported that two days prior to the missile strike on the Abu Daqqa family, Ali Abu Daqqa had been speaking to a journalist about an appeal for him to undergo heart surgery. He spoke alongside his son Khaled who was hopeful for his father’s recovery, Khaled Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa was subsequently killed in the strike, aged 22. Khaled’s brother Qais Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, was also killed, aged 12, along with his older brother Asif Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa who was 26 years old and their younger sister Maryam Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, who was 8. The report added that their mother and two of their brothers survived and were pulled from the rubble, however no other sources reported that there were multiple survivors.

Saeed Abu Daqqa posted on Facebook that this was the family of Yasser Abu Daqqa, 28 years old, who is currently being detained in an Israeli prison, with nine years remaining until his release. It was not immediately clear what Yasser Abu Daqqa was detained for. The victims included the mother of the prisoner, his siblings and their wives and their children.

Multiple sources reported the names of the other victims, though did not provide further details on ages or family connections. The named victims were as follows: Hassan Muhammad Abu Daqqa, Hussein Muhammad Abu Daqqa, Lian Hussein Abu Daqqa, Judy Hussein Abu Daqqa, Sham Hussein Abu Daqqa, Muhammad Hussein Abu Daqqa, Aseed Hussein Abu Daqqa, Muhammad Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa,  Uday Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, Dana Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, Nadia Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, Halima Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, and Shaima Abdel Hadi Qadeeh.

CNN reported that at least 13 members of the same family, including four toddlers, were killed by an Israeli airstrike, which also killed another four people and injured 25 others. Al Ghad TV reported about 150 people had been injured in the Abasan area.

Tala Abu Daqqa, 11, a survivor, was pictured crying in an image shared on social media. It is reported that her father, mother and three sisters were killed in the attack.

PCHR reported that the building consisted of three floors of concrete and the bombing resulted in the complete destruction of the house, further damaging surrounding houses. PCHR added that the victims were within the building, with no prior warning of the attack. Multiple sources support this claim with images of the building turned to rubble.

Mohammad Abu Daqqa, a relative of the Abu Daqqa family, told CNN that five residential buildings, each three or four stories tall, were destroyed in the strike. “They hit us with two or three barrels of explosives and brought the entire buildings down,” Abu Daqqa said. “We call on the Arab and European countries to interfere … and UN to solve this situation, because we are in a dire situation.”

Airwars was unable to find exact matches of these names to the Palestinian Ministry of Health name list released on October 26th.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at 23:00:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (19)

Asif Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa عاصف علي ابو حمد أبو دقة
26 years old male killed
Khaled Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa خالد علي ابو حمد ابو دقة
22 years old male killed
Qais Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa قسس علي ابو حمد ابو دقة
12 years old male killed
Maryam Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa مريم علي ابو حمد ابو دقة
8 years old female killed
Zainab Abu Daqqa زينب ابو دقة
Age unknown female Mother of the prisoner Yasser Abu Daqqa killed
Hassan Muhammad Abu Daqqa حسان محمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Hussein Muhammad Abu Daqqa حسين محمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Lian Hussein Abu Daqqa ليان حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Judy Hussein Abu Daqqa جودي حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Sham Hussein Abu Daqqa شام حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Muhammad Hussein Abu Daqqa محمد حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Aseed Hussein Abu Daqqa اسيد حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Muhammad Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa محمد اسماعيل ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Uday Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa عدي اسماعيل ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Dana Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa ذانا اسماهيل ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Nadia Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa نادين ابو حميد ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Halima Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa حليمة ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Shaima Abdel Hadi Qadeeh, Um Alaa شيماء عبدالهادي قديح ام علاء
Age unknown female killed
Tala Abu Daqqa تالا ابودقة
Age unknown female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18
  • (5–6 children4–5 women7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25–150
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Abu Ahmad facebook
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    Source: Alkabira Abdsan facebook
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    Source: Alkabira Abdsan facebook
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: Alhayat facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Omar Abu Dakka facebook
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    Source: Omar Abu Dakka facebook
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    Source: Omar Abu Dakka facebook
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    Source: Kairawan facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Abasan al-Kabira (عبسان الكبيرة). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Abasan al-Kabira are: 31.327947, 34.345404.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18
  • (5–6 children4–5 women7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25–150
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0011

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

ابيت حانون, Beit Hanoun, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.538582, 34.537000 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 7, 2023, Israeli forces reportedly bombed the Shabat family home in Beit Hanoun, killing between 12 to 19 civilians and trapping an unknown number of others under rubble. Between 10 and 13 children and a woman have been reported among the dead.

Two sources, Khalid Abdel Rahman alongside Mezan daily report, reported the bombing on October 7 without indicating the time of the attack, while later on, the organisation Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP) claimed that the strike took place on October 8 at 3 am. Other sources reported that rescue efforts were ongoing that same day. Facebook user Tikrit Time alleged that the strike took place without warning.

Radio Alzaytonah and a number of Facebook users subsequently posted details pertaining to the people reportedly killed, listing them as Abdul Khaleq Muhammad Radwan Shabat (1 year old), Radwan Hassan Shabat (64 years old), Naima Jacir Shabat (65 years old), Muhammad Radwan Shabat (34 years old), Ibrahim Radwan Shabat (30 years old) ‎Asmaa Ali Shabat (35 years old), Diana Youssef Shabat (33 years old), Hassan Muhammad Shabat (12 years old), Layan Abdul Khaleq Shabat (13 years old), Bayan Abdul Qader Shabat (7 years old), Abdul Khaleq Khaled Shabat (5 years old), Gaith Khaled Shabat (3 years old), Muhammad Ibrahim Shabat (3 years old), Radwan Abdel Khaleq Shabat (8 years old), Sally Muhammad Radwan Shabat (3 years old), Sarah Muhammad Radwan Shabat (2 years old), Ali Muhammad Radwan Shabat (3 years old). The DCIP reported that two children in neighbouring houses were also killed: 11-year-old Mohammed Khater Maher al-Kafarneh and 16-year-old Rula Nael Zakaria Naseer. There were some discrepancies in the reported ages by one or two years and Naima Jacir Shabat might also have gone by Kifaya.

Ibrahim Radwan Shabat was identified as the father of three year old Muhammad Ibrahim Shabat. Ibrahim was an employee at Big Market. Abdul Khaleq Khaled Shabat and Gaith Khaled Shabat were identified as siblings.

Reporting on this event, the Arabic-language news channel, Al Ghad TV, claimed, “Our correspondent from Gaza reported that Israeli warplanes bombed a house in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip and demolished it on top of its residents.” Regarding those killed and wounded, the outlet stated “Our correspondent confirmed the fall of a number of [dead] as a result of the bombing that targeted a house belonging to the Shabat family, while attempts are currently being made to extract the living from under the rubble of the targeted house.”

In the days that followed this incident, photographs reportedly showing the funerals of those killed and a destroyed building were shared by Facebook users. Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (17)

Abdul Khaleq Muhammad Radwan Shabat عبدالخالق محمد رضوان شبات
1 years old male killed
Radwan Hassan Shabat رضوان حسن شبات
66 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 917189169
Naima Jacir Shabat (Kifaya) نعيمة جاسر شبات
67 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 944396753
Muhammad Radwan Shabat محمد رضوان شبات
34 years old male killed
Ibrahim Radwan Shabat ابراهيم رضوان شبات
30 years old male killed
Asmaa Ali Shabat اسماء علي شبات
35 years old female killed
Diana Youssef Shabat ديانا يوسف شبات
33 years old female killed
Hassan Muhammad Shabat حسان محمد شبات
12 years old male killed
Layan Abdul Khaleq Shabat حسان محمد شبات
13 years old female killed
Bayan Abdul Qader Shabat بيان عبدالقادر شبات
7 years old female killed
Abdul Khaleq Khaled Shabat عبدالخالق خالد شبات
5 years old male killed
Gaith Khaled Shabat غياث خالد شبات
3 years old male killed
Muhammad Ibrahim Shabat محمد ابراهيم شبات
3 years old male killed
Radwan Abdel Khaleq Shabat رضوان عبدالخالق شبات
8 years old male killed
Sally Muhammad Radwan Shabat سالي محمد رضوان شبات
3 years old female killed
Sarah Muhammad Radwan Shabat سارة محمد رضوان شبات
2 years old female killed
Ali Muhammad Radwan Shabat علي محمد رضوان شبات
3 years old male killed

The victims were named as:

Mohammad Khater Maher Al-Kafarneh
11 years old male killed
Rula Nael Zakaria Naseer
16 years old female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 19
  • (10–13 children1 woman2 men)
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Radio Alzaytonah facebook
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    Source: Radio Alzaytonah facebook
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    Source: Radio Alzaytonah facebook
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    Source: Fida Zanin
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    Source: Samer Iyad facebook
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    Source: Tikrit time facebook
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    Source: Tikrit time facebook
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    Source: Ahmed Hamad Facebook
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    Source: Ahmed Hamad Facebook
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    Source: Husam basel facebook
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Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the village of Beit Hanoun (ابيت حانون). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.538582, 34.537000.

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    Source: Tikrit time facebook

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    Source: Tikrit time facebook

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    12 – 19
  • (10–13 children1 woman2 men)
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0019

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

عبسان الكبيرة, Abasan Al Kabira, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.323417, 34.347364 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 7th 2023, at least one civilian woman was killed and at least five civilians were injured in an alleged bombing on the home of the Abu Daqqa family in the town of Abasan al Kabira in the Gaza Strip. No sources identified the alleged perpetrator of the attack – Airwars has therefore categorised the incident as ‘contested’ until further information comes to light.

Sources on social media named the victim as Jawaher Qadeeh (Umm Alaa).  Mokkah Abasan shared that “Citizen Jawaher Qadeeh Umm Alaa was killed and five citizens were injured as a result of the bombing.” Sources do not mention any other injuries or deaths.

Tributes poured in for Jawaher from friends, family and neighbors who saw her as a cherished member of the community. Amani Najjar shared a heartfelt testimony on Facebook describing the late Jawaher as “The generous, generous woman with a beautiful smile, dear to the hearts of those who knew her.” She appears in the attached image as a smiling middle aged woman in a green hijab and embroidered scarf. Her cousin Umm Shatha Qudaih mourned her death “with great sadness and sorrow, and with hearts that believe in God’s will and destiny”. Abu Saleh referred to her as “our good-hearted neighbor”.

According to her possible relative, Amani Najjar, Jawaher is survived by her husband Abu Alaa and her daughters and son abroad. Another source on social media, journalist Tayseir Qudeh, noted her daughter Alaa was in the UAE, and gave his condolences.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Jawaher Qadeeh (Umm Alaa)
Age unknown

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Source: Amani Najjar
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    Source: Umm Shatha Qudaih

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Abasan Al Kabira (عبسان الكبيرة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.323417, 34.347364. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0017

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

الشابورة, Al Shaboura, Rafah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.284167, 34.258333 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 7, 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike which struck the home of the Abu Qouta family reportedly killed up to 27 civilians, including up to 19 members of the Abu Qouta family and at least five neighbors, and up to eight children and at least one woman, in addition to injuring 25 others. The home was located in the Al-Satriya neighborhood in the Al-Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah, and was completely destroyed.

Al Mezan reported that 17 civilians, including women and children, were killed by an Israeli attack on the home of the Abu Qouta in Rafah. At the time of reporting, there were still civilians under the rubble. Defense for Children Palestine identified that five children were among the 17 killed by an Israeli airstrike which fired one missile at the Shaboura refugee camp.

An AP News article provided details that the Israeli military issued an evacuation warning to the neighbors of the Abu Qouta family and then launched a warning shot a short distance from Nasser Abu Qouta’s home, meant to convey that they should evacuate. However, once Abu Qouta and his extended family sheltered around 100 meters away from the house that was alerted to the strike on the ground floor of their four-story building, where they thought they would be safe, the strike hit Abu Qouta’s house instead, killing 19 members of his family, including his wife and cousins, as well as five of his neighbors who were standing outside.

Nasser Abu Qouta told AP that there were no militants in his building, and his family had not been warned: “This is a safe house, with children and women. Dust overwhelmed the house. There were screams. There were no walls. It was all open.” Abu Qouta was able to identify the bodies of 14 of his family members, but four of the children’s bodies were unrecognizable and one body was missing. Some of the children and grandchildren of Abu Qouta were also wounded in the strike.

Arabi 21 spoke with another relative of the family named Bakr Abu Qouta who provided additional details: “The entire family was sitting at home safely, the children were playing and eating, and suddenly we did not realize what had happened; the house was turned upside down. There were many [dead] under the rubble and wounded as well. The bodies of the [dead] were recovered in pieces.”

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported that at 8pm, Israeli aircraft killed 18 civilians, including five children and a woman, and 25 others were also injured to varying degrees. Arabi 21 put the death toll at 24 killed, among them 19 members of the Abu Qouta, five neighbors, eight children, elderly people, and women .

A sibling of one of the victims killed (Umm Bakr Abu Qouta) named Dr. Khaled Hamed Abu Qouta identified 19 members of the family killed: Faten Hamed Abu Qouta Umm Bakr Abu Qouta (female, 48 years old), Abdul Qader Muhammad Abu Qouta (50 years old), Muhammad Abdel Qader Abu Qouta (28 years old, son of Abdul Qader), Youssef Abdel Qader Abu Qouta (26 years old, son of Abdul Qader), Muhannad Abdel Qader Abu Qouta (15 years old, son of Abdul Qader), Abdul Hamid Muhammad Abu Qouta (48 years old), his wife Sarah Khaled Abu Murr, Salama Abdul Hamid Abu Qouta (child of Abdul Hamid and Sarah), Khaled Abdel Hamid Abu Qouta (15 years old, child of Abdul Hamid and Sarah), Muhammad Abdel Hamid Abu Qouta (child of Abdul Hamid and Sarah), Hala Abdul Hamid Abu Qouta (child of Abdul Hamid and Sarah), Haya Abdul Hamid Abu Qouta (child of Abdul Hamid and Sarah), Abdul Karim Muhammad Abu Qouta (43 years old), Salama Muhammad Abu Qouta (40 years old), Aya Salim Abu Qouta (12 years old), Rahaf Salim Abu Qouta (11 years old), Muhannad Salim Abu Qouta (8 years old), Muhammad Salim Abu Qouta (5 years old), Hisham Ziyad Abu Qouta.

Amjad Abu Abed posted on Facebook names of additional civilians killed: Hussein Marwan Abu Harb, Ahmed Al-Satri (22 years old), Hassan Farid Abu Hatab. A post from Mahal Sulaf added more civilians killed: Mohamed Ibrahim Abu Naja, Sameh Saeed Abu Suhaiban (21 years old), Mohammed Saeed Abu Suhaiban (31 years old), Muayad Ahmed Abu Hamid (15 years old), Mahmoud Hammad Abu Suhaiban (37 years old).

Friends, neighbors and a brother of Hisham Ziyad Abu Qouta posted memorials to him, including a picture of him riding a horse and a description of him as “He was the beauty of youth, clean, tidy, elegant in appearance, and had a good laugh and a cheerful spirit.”

Palestine TV posted pictures of the funeral for the members of the Abu Qouta, which occurred on October 8th.

One witness described the affected home as “leveled to the ground” by “highly explosive missiles” used in the attack.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers released on October 26th.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at 20:00:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (19)

Abdul Qader Muhammad Abu Qouta عبدالقادر محمد ابوقوطة
50 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 921899423
Youssef Abdel Qader Abu Qouta يوسف محمد ابو قوطة
26 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 402536874
Faten Hamed Abu Qouta فاتن حامد ابوقوطة
48 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 900883729
Abdul Hamid Muhammad Abu Qouta عبدالحميد مهند ابوقوطة
48 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 900939729
Abdul Karim Muhammad Abu Qouta عبدالكريم محمد ابوقوطة
43 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 905209896
Salama Muhammad Abu Qouta سلمة مهند ابوقوطة
40 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 926744624
Muhammad Abdel Qader Abu Qouta احمد عبدالقادر ابوقوطة
28 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 400719480
Khaled Abdel Hamid Abu Qouta خالد عبدالحميد ابوقوطة
15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 426097309
Muhannad Abdel Qader Abu Qouta مهند عبدالقادر ابوقوطة
15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 426222337
Aya Salim Abu Qouta اية سليم ابوقوطة
12 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 430173765
Rahaf Salim Abu Qouta رهف سليم ابوقوطة
11 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433481793
Muhannad Salim Abu Qouta مهند سليم ابوقوطة
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 436948806
Muhammad Salim Abu Qouta محمد سليم ابوقوطة
5 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 439119884
Hisham Ziyad Abu Qouta هشام زايد ابوقوطة
Adult male killed
Salama Abdel Hamid Abu Qouta سلمة عبدالحميد ابوقوطة
female killed
Mohammed Abdel Hamid Abu Qouta محمد عبدالحميد ابوقوطة
male killed
Hala Abdel Hamid Abu Qouta هالة عبدالحميد ابوقوطة
killed
Haya Abdul Hamid Abu Qouta هيا عبدالحميد ابوقوطة
female killed
Sarah Khaled Abu Murr زوجتة سارة خالد ابو مر
female killed

The victims were named as:

Muayad Ahmed Abu Hamid مؤيد احمد ابو حامد
15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424764413
Mohammed Saeed Abu Suhaiban محمد سعيد ابوصهيبان
31 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 803795004
Sameh Saeed Abu Suhaiban سامح سعيد ابوقوطة
21 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 408969103
Mahmoud Hammad Abu Suhaiban محمود حماد ابوصهيبان
37 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801527938
Mohamed Ibrahim Abu Naja محمد إبراهيم أبو نجا
Age unknown killed
Hussein Marwan Abu Harb حسين مروان ابو حرب
Age unknown killed
Ahmed Al-Satri احمد السطري
22 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 407802941
Hassan Farid Abu Hatab حسن فريد أبو حطب
Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    19 – 27
  • (5–8 children1–2 women7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Um basem facebook
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    Source: Palestine TV facebook
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    Source: Palestine TV facebook
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    Source: Palestine TV facebook
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    Source: Palestine TV facebook
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    Source: Ahmad Neirab facebook
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    Source: Abo Sameh facebook
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    Source: Reem Fayez Facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Al-Attar facebook
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    Source: Khabar facebook
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    Source: Khabar facebook
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    Source: Khabar facebook
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    Source: Arabi21 news
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    Source: Tariq Ibn Ziyad Facebook
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    Source: Roro facebook
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    Source: Roro facebook
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    Source: Roro facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Shaboura (الشابورة) in Rafah (رفح). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Shaboura are: 31.284167, 34.258333

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Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    19 – 27
  • (5–8 children1–2 women7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0018

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

جنوب غزة, Gaza City, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.488321, 34.445945 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Saturday, October 7th 2023, a young man was killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike south of Gaza city.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) identified him as Amir Abdullah al-Khor, aged 19, further noting that he was just passing by the area when he was killed in the bombing. A relative of the victim, Osama al-Khor, shared a tribute on social media, saying “And give good news to the patient ones who, when a calamity befalls them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to God and to Him we shall return.’ May God have mercy on you, Amir.” Sabra Martyrs Organisation expressed sympathy for the victim’s family, saying it “extends its deepest condolences” to the al-Khor family for the death of their son Amir Abdullah al-Khor.

Only one source, PCRH, identified the belligerent – attributing the strike to Israeli forces.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:00 am local time.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at approximately 11:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Amir Abdullah al-Khor امير عبدالله الخور
19 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

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    Source: Osama Alkhor facebook
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    Source: Osama Alkhor facebook
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    Source: Osama Alkhor facebook
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    Source: Osama Alkhor facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Shahin facebook
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    Source: Basra Martyrs facebook

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the south of Gaza City (جنوب غزة). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Gaza City are: 31.488321, 34.445945.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0001

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

رفح, Rafah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.296628, 34.244689 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On 7th October, 2023, a Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) paramedic Nazmi Abu Hadayed and PRCS volunteer Odeh Al-Kurdi from the Rafah Governorate EMS Center were injured by shrapnel as a result of an attack on an ambulance in Rafah. An ambulance driver, Mahmoud Hussein Othman, is reported missing by some sources, while others express condolences for his death.

Local source @ShehabAgency identified the strike as occurring near the Qurm Roundabout. This was the only source that attributed the responsibility for the incident to the Israeli forces.

Further details and time of the incident are unknown.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Mahmoud Hussein Othman محمود حسين عثمان
Adult male killed
Nazmi Abu Hadayed نظمي أبو حدايد "أبو عدي
Adult male injured
Odeh Al-Kurdi عودة الكرد
Adult male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man1 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

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    Source: @PalestineRCS
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    Source: @PalestineRCS
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    Source: @PalestineRCS
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    Source: Mohammed Al Bardoil
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    Source: Khan Yunis Ambulance Center
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    Source: Khan Yunis Ambulance Center
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    Source: Khan Yunis Ambulance Center
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    Source: Rafah offical page
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    Source: Rafah electronic

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Rafah (رفح), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.296628, 34.244689. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man1 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0004

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

منزل لعائلة الدوس  في حي الزيتون جنوب مدينة غزة, home of the Al-Dous family in Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, south of Gaza City., Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.485479, 34.444885 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

An alleged Israeli airstrike using several missiles struck a residential building in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza in the evening of October 7th, 2023. Fifteen members of the Al-Dous family, including seven children, were reportedly killed due to the destruction of their home. Awni Adel Al-Dous and his wife Ibtisam Mohammed Khalil Al-Dous had sons and grandchildren who lived in the same three-storey household.

Juma Al-Dous posted that “more than 15 people” from the family were under the rubble while DCI Palestine reported that ten people, including five children, were killed. Airwars has adopted a minimum casualty estimate of 15, given that fifteen victims were named by local sources and relatives of the family. Amnesty International also reported 15 deaths from Al-Dous family members.

The following names were identified by reviewing sources from various social media posts by individuals in the neighborhood, family members and the Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCI Palestine): Awni Adel Al-Dous and his wife Ibtisam Mohammed Khalil Al-Dous; and children Ibtisam Adel Awni Al-Dous, 17 years old, Rawand Adel Awni Al-Dous, 15 years old, Awni Adel Al-Dous, 12 years old, Ahmad Adel Awni Al-Dous, 10 years old, Rakan Mohammad Awni Al-Dous, four years old, Zaid Adel Awni Al-Dous, three years old, and the youngest child killed Adam Osama Al-Dous was just 18 months old.

A post from Nrmeen Mamdouh identified Ibtisam Adel Awni Al-Dous as a student who received a grade of 100% during her 11th academic year. Shuhada Al-Zaytoun Basic School for Boys offered condolences to “the brilliant student” Awni Adel Awni Al-Dous. Another post identified Awni as a Youtuber who wanted to be famous. Yahya Al Jamal described Omar Awni Al-Dous (Abu Karim) as patient, polite, genuine, cheerful and kind-hearted.

The six other victims killed in the strikes were identified by local sources as four men Adel Awni Al-Dous, Omar Awni Al-Dous (“Abu Karim”), Muhannad Awni Al-Dous, Osama Awni Al-Dous, and two women Israa Totah and Elham Ahmed Raqiq. The age of the victims was not provided by the sources.

Amnesty International quoted Mohammad Al-Dous, father of Rakan Mohammad Awni Al-Dous, who said “two bombs fell suddenly on top of the building and destroyed it. My wife and I were lucky to survive because we were staying on the top floor. She was nine-months pregnant and gave birth at al-Shifa hospital a day after the attack. Our entire family has been destroyed.”

The Al-Dous family posted on Facebook that the bombing of the home of Hajj Awni Al-Dous resulted in the complete destruction of the house and “created a state of fear and panic in the area”. Amnesty added that it took relatives, neighbours, and rescue teams more than six hours to remove the bodies from the rubble.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. Multiple sources mentioned that the home was bombed without a warning and Amnesty quoted one of the neighbors of the victims who said “It was sudden, boom, nobody told us anything”. Amnesty’s research also indicated that they “found no evidence of military targets in the area at the time of the attack”.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names and ages with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers released on October 26th.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured between 8:20 pm and 8:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (15)

Awni Adel Al-Dous عوني عادل الدوس
Adult male killed Matched to MoH ID 905498580
Ibtisam Mohammed Khalil Al-Dous ابتسام محمد خليل الدوس
68 years old female Awni's wife killed Matched to MoH ID 964885438
Ibtisam Adel Awni Al-Dous  ابتسام عادل الدوس
17 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 424329431
Rawand Adel Awni Al-Dous روند عادل الدوس
15 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 442308920
Awni Adel Al-Dous عوني عادل الدوس
12 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 426164687
Ahmad Adel Awni Al-Dous احمد عادل الدوس
10-11 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 433456746
Rakan Mohammad Awni Al-Dous ركان محمد الدوس
4 years old male killed
Zaid Adel Awni Al-Dous زيد عادل الدوس
3-4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 442219549
Adam Osama Al-Dous ادم اسامة الدوس
less than 2 years old male killed
Adel Awni Al-Dous عادل عوني الدوس
Adult male killed
Omar Awni Al-Dous عمر عوني الدوس
36 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801485244
Muhannad Awni Al-Dous مهند عوني الدوس
28 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 400907911
Osama Awni Al-Dous اسامة عوني الدوس
Adult male killed
Israa Totah اسراء طوطح
Adult female killed
Elham Ahmed Raqiq إلهام أحمد رقيق
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • (7 children3 women5 men)
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Al Dous family
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    Source: Al Zaytoun neighbourhood, Gaza
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    Source: Nrmeen Mamdouh
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    Source: Nrmeen Mamdouh
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    Source: Nrmeen Mamdouh
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    Source: Juma Al Dous
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    Source: Juma Al Dous
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    Source: Juma Al Dous
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    Source: Juma Al Dous
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    Source: Abo Alaa Diab
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    Source: Abo Alaa Diab
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    Source: Al Zaytoun neighbourhood page
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    Source: Omar Alaa Ishtewi
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    Source: Omar Alaa Ishtewi
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    Source: Omar Alaa Ishtewi
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    Source: Al Zaytoun neighborhood
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    Source: Yahya Al Jamal
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    Source: Shuhada Al-Zaytoun Basic School for Boys
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Um firas Ishtewi
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    Source: Adli Attiya
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    Source: Adli Attiya

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Zeitoun (الزيتون), within the Gaza strip (قِطَاعُ غَزَّةَ), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.485479 34.444885. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • (7 children3 women5 men)
  • 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
    Israeli Military

Sources (28) [ collapse]