Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

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.

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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

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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

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