Israeli Military in Syria & the Gaza Strip

A child uses his mobile device in the ruins of a building in Beit Lahia, Gaza Strip on May 26th 2021. © Mohamed Zaanoun

Belligerent
Israeli Military
Country
Syria
the Gaza Strip
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Weak
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

ISPT073

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

بيت لاهيا, Beit Lahia, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.551277, 34.509233 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

One person was reported killed and up to 26 civilians reported injured by a single strike in a series of IDF airstrikes in the mid-afternoon on May 15, 2021. The strikes are reported to have struck the Beit Lahia area in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

Several sources reported strikes leading to fires near to the American School, north of Beit Lahia, although Al Mezan was alone in reporting that one person was killed and 26 injured in the strikes, including five women and ten children.

Bel Trew, the Independent’s correspondent in the area, reported that the strikes had hit a large chemicals and pesticides store in the Beit Lahia area, starting a major fire.

The incident occured at approximately 3:50 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    26
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Smoke rising following strikes on northwest Beit Lahia on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by @gazaapost)
  • According to @Beltrew, the strikes caused a massive fire at a huge chemicals and pesticides store.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Beit Lahiya (بيت لاهيا), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.551277, 34.509233. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    26
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT065

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

البريج, Al Bureij, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.438769, 34.404030 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One man is alleged to have been injured in an Israeli airstrike on Al Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday 15th May 2021.

According to Al Haq, the airstrike took place around 12.15 a.m., destroying the house of Abdul Karim Issa and causing partial damage to other neighbouring buildings.

While Al Haq reported one moderate injury caused by the strike, this is not corroborated by any other source. Both Algulf and Al Haq attribute the strikes on Al Bureij to Israel.

The incident occured at approximately 12:15 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the Al Bureij (البريج) refugee camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.438769, 34.404030. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT066

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

البريج, Al Bureij, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.438769, 34.404030 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One person was reportedly injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike that hit open ground to the east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Only one source, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, reported the event, describing the strike as taking place around 1.20 p.m. and noting that the injured person had been described by medical sources as being in a moderate condition.

The incident occured at approximately 1:20 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Bureij (البريج) refugee camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.438769, 34.404030. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT053

Incident date

May 14, 2021

Location

الشجاعي, Al Shujaiya, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.494122, 34.475567 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

At least two men were killed in Al-Shujaiya neighbourhood during alleged Israeli airstrikes in the area at around dawn on May 14th, 2021, multiple sources reported. They were identified as Husam Baker al-Hayya and Saqer Abdulmajid al-Hayya. A single source also identified an additional death from strikes in the area; a man named Mohammed Sa’eed Abu Al Ataa. It was however not clear if he died in this specific incident and no additional information was given.

Both Husam Baker al-Hayya and Saqer Abdulmajid al-Hayya’s deaths were announced on Hamas’ Telegram channel, which identified them as “Al-Qassami Mujahid” meaning they were possibly fighters belonging to the group’s military wing. Undated photos shared on social media showed the two men in military fatigues with guns. Three other sources meanwhile identified Saqer as a Sheikh, with a Facebook post from My World describing him as a “distinguished preacher in the Waqf of Gaza City” who had presented his master’s thesis at the Islamic University three days earlier.

The two men were killed after missiles struck a group of people, according to both Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Multiple sources reported heavy strikes in the area, with damage sustained to the local cemetery, alongside civilian homes. The consensus among the sources was that Israel was responsible for the strikes.

The incident occured around dawn.

  • Mohammed Sa'eed Abu Al Ataa Age unknown male A single source also identified an additional death from strikes in the area; a man named Mohammed Sa'eed Abu Al Ataa. It was however not clear if he died in this specific incident and no additional information was given killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

  • Image shows Husam Baker al-Hayya who died on May 14th, 2021 in reported Israeli airstrikes. He was identified by a Hamas' Telegram channel as among their dead fighters (image via Subhi Abo Kersh)
  • Image of Saqer Abdulmajid al-Hayya. According to the source he was a sheikh, preacher and publicist. He was also identified as a militant (image via Sujaiya families)
  • Image of Saqer al-Hayya who was killed on May 14th, 2021 (image via Mohammed ben Malek)
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    Image of Saqer Abdulmajid al-Hayya following his death in a reported Israeli airstrike on May 14th, 2021. The source referred to him as a “distinguished preacher in the Waqf of Gaza City”. Other sources, including a Hamas Telegram channel, indicate he may have been a fighter with the group's armed wing (image via My World)
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    Translated image caption: My beloved family, the family of the martyrs mourns the two martyrs My dear cousin: Hussam Bakr Al-Hayya. And our honorable Sheikh: Saqr Abdul Majeed Al-Hayya (image via Mohammed abo Wael)
  • Image showing the destruction caused by reported Israeli airstrikes in Al-Shujaiya neighbourhood on May 14th, 2021 (image via @qudsn)
  • Translated image caption: Pictures of the great destruction caused by the occupation’s aggression on Al-Shuja’iya, east of Gaza, at dawn today (image via @qudsn)
  • Image showing the destruction caused by reported Israeli airstrikes in Al-Shujaiya neighbourhood on May 14th, 2021. Airstrikes in the area killed at least two men (image via @qudsn)
  • Image showing damage to cemetery from reported airstrikes on May 14th, 2021 (image via @PalinfoAr)
  • Translated image caption: #Photos..Israeli warplanes bombed a blacksmith's workshop in Al-Shujaiya neighbourhood, east of #Gaza city.image via @PalinfoAr)
  • A single source also identified an additional death from strikes in the area; a man named Mohammed Sa'eed Abu Al Ataa (shown in the image). It was however not clear if he died in this specific incident and no additional information was given (image via @fidaazaanin)
  • Image reportedly showing Husam Baker al-Hayya in military fatigues and with a gun. He died on May 14th, 2021 (image via Mahmoud Dawd)
  • Image reportedly of Saqer al-Hayya, who was killed on May 14th, 2021 in alleged Israeli airstrikes. Different sources have identified him as a sheikh and also a fighter with Hamas' armed wing (image via Emad Abo Islam)
  • Image caption says the image shows Husam Baker al-Hayya. His death was announced by Hamas' armed wing on Telegram (image via @Marchfoward)
  • Image caption says the image shows Saqer Abdulmajid al-Hayya. His death was announced by Hamas' armed wing on Telegram (image via @Marchfoward)
  • Image of Saqr Abdul Majeed Ismail Al Hayya, identified by Al Qassam PS as a "Mujahid Qassami", killed in Al-Shuja’iya neighborhood on May 14, 2021.
  • Image of Saqr Abdul Majeed Ismail Al Hayya, identified by Al Qassam PS as a "Mujahid Qassami", killed in Al-Shuja’iya neighborhood on May 14, 2021.
  • Image of Hossam Bakr Mohammed Al-Hayya, identified by Al Qassam PS as a "Mujahid Qassami", killed in Al-Shuja’iya neighborhood on May 14, 2021.
  • Image of Hossam Bakr Mohammed Al-Hayya, identified by Al Qassam PS as a "Mujahid Qassami", killed in Al-Shuja’iya neighborhood on May 14, 2021.

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Al Shujaiya (الشجاعي) neighbourhood of Gaza (غَزَّة). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Shujaiya are: 31.494122, 34.475567.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Al Shujaiya (الشجاعي) neighbourhood of Gaza (غَزَّة).

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Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Armed Forces

20:49 - The Magellan unit and aircraft attacked and thwarted a squad of anti-tank operatives and two Hamas anti-tank launchers in Sajaiya, while closing a quick circle of Gaza Division intelligence and fire capabilities.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT037

Incident date

May 13, 2021

Location

شارع قاع البير ,بيت حانون, Qaa Al Bir Street, Beit Hanoun, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.538477, 34.536837 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Three alleged Israeli missiles hit the three story house of Musa Rida Hamas on Qaa al-Bir Street in Beit Hanoun at approximately 5.30pm. Three civilians were wounded in the strike and were taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital for treatment. Palestinian Center for Human Rights was the only source that reported on this incident and no other information is available at this time.

The incident occured at approximately 5:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Qaa Al Bir street (شارع قاع البير), allegedly located within the town of Beit Hanoun (بيت حانون). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Beit Hanoun are: 31.538477, 34.536837.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT011

Incident date

May 11, 2021

Location

قرب مسجد السوسي, Vicinity of Al Soussi mosque, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.529531, 34.447085 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Between two and three civilians were injured in alleged Israeli strikes in the Al-Soussi area, west of Gaza, on May 11, 2021.

A tweet from @mahmoudem2000 reported that “a house belonging to the Nisman family was targeted in the vicinity of Al-Soussi Mosque.”

@uunionnews tweeted that “there are no martyrs in the recent bombing of an apartment in the Al-Soussi area, west of Gaza, and there are two minor injuries” and @Hassan_Che2020 put the number of injuries at three and added that they were transferred to the hospital.

@AlmakdesyMedia was the only source that identified a responsible party and they blamed Israel for the strikes.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Soussi Mosque (مسجد السوسي), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.529531, 34.447085. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT016

Incident date

May 11, 2021

Location

قرب مسجد نعمة الغفري, Vicinity of Nima'a Al Ghafry mosque, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.52286, 34.474502 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Between three and six civilians, including a woman and a child, were injured in strikes on agricultural land located near the Nima’a Al-Ghafry Mosque on Muqat Street in Jabalia on May 11th 2021.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) reported that “at approximately 11:40 pm, the occupation warplanes bombed, with two missiles, an agricultural land located near the Nima’a Al-Ghafry Mosque on Muqat Street in Jabalia Al-Balad. As a result, 6 citizens were injured, including a woman and a child, who were taken to the Indonesian Hospital. Some citizens’ homes in the vicinity of the targeted area were damaged.”

Both @GazaNewsOfficia and @Mah_B_Oman identified three civilians as being injured in the strikes.

@3asefa65 identified two missiles as being used in the attack near the Nima Al-Ghafri Mosque.

Only PCHR identified Israel as being responsible for the strikes.

The incident occured at 11:40 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Nima Al Ghafry mosque (مسجد نعمة الغفري), within Jabalia (جباليا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Nima Al Ghafry mosque are: 31.52286, 34.474502.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]