Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0020

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

منزلاً لعائلة النباهين شرق مخيم البريج في المحافظة الوسطى, house for the Al-Nabahin family, east of Al-Bureij Camp , Central Governorate, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.437934, 34.403857 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Sunday, October 8th 2023, at least 15 members of the al-Nabahin family, including 10 children, four women and one young man were killed when alleged Israeli airstrikes struck their family home, destroying all four floors and a neighboring house east of Al-Bureij camp. On Twitter, one source commented on the attack: “The family of Hajj #Fathi Al-Nabahin and his children, his children’s wives and his children’s children #east of Al-Bureij camp are all under the rubble. A large family (father, children and grandchildren)”.

The names and ages of 14 of the civilians killed were provided by Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights – and 10 of them were reconciled with the list of victims killed published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health on October 26th: Ola Al-Muqadamah Al-Nabahin (wife of Fadi Fathi Al-Nabahin), Hadeel Abdel Fattah Attiya al-Nabahin (25), Ola Ziyad Abdel Aziz al-Nabahin (26), Areeh Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (9), Muhammad Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (8), Adam Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (7), Qais Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (2), Kenan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (7 or 8 year-old, depending on local sources, son of Tamer al-Nabahin), Rayan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (5, son of Tamer al-Nabahin), Maryam Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (2, daughter of Tamer al-Nabahin), Jamal Ibrahim Attiya al-Nabahin (7), Muhammad Jaafar Attiya al-Nabahin (13 or 15), Rahaf Jaafar Attiya al-Nabahin (15 or 16), and Attiya Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (24). On Twitter/X, Nihad Abo Ghayoun also identified a fifteenth victim, a woman, Halima Al-Nabahin, without indicating her age. He claimed that six bodies of Al-Nabahin members were initially transported to Al-Aqsa hospital. Multiple sources on social and local media confirmed the strikes and the victims’ details, including the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Al-Haq Foundation and the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. According to the Adalah Center and Al-Mezan Center, both organisations had been representing the 24 year old victim Attiya Fathi Attia al-Nabahin in a long-term legal battle since 2014 to demand civil compensation after he was injured at the age of 15 by Israeli sniper fire, which left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down.

Osama Burhem, Attiya’s friend, also shared similar details about this story on social media, recalling in a tearful text that “a soldier shot him for no reason”, adding “this day/The same soldier bombed the whole house / May Attiya and most of his family ascend to heaven (…) This child who was wronged by the entire universe (…)  the heart cries over the injustice you experienced/ May God have mercy on you and your family Goodbye to Uncle Abu Tariq, Umm Tariq, and the rest of the family / Patience for Tamer if he is still alive” Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights recorded Tamer al-Nabahin’s eyewitness testimony. Tamer, Attiya’s brother, told Al-Mezan that he survived the bombing alongside his pregnant wife, and that the house was bombed at a time when his three children were playing with their cousins in the entrance to the house – all of whom were killed.

The Kid’s Palace Kindergarten school posted a tribute to Tamer’s children: 5 year old student Rayan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin, his brother 7 year old Kenan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin who was a former student, and 2 year old Maryam Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin, their younger sister. They also mourned the death of the mother of “Fathi Al-Nabahin” without providing her name or age. Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023. Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. Al-Mezan said that there was no warning given prior to the strike. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 am in the morning.

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The incident occured at approximately 11:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (16)

Ola Al-Muqadamah Al-Nabahin عُلا المقادمة النباهين
Adult female wife of Fadi Fathi Al-Nabahin killed
Ola Ziyad Abdel Aziz al-Nabahin علا زياد عبدالعزيز النباهين
26 years old female killed
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 434643706
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435805353
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 437268766
Qais Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin قيس فادي فتحي النباهين
2 years old male killed
7-8 years old male son of Tamer al-Nabahin, matched with MoH ID number 438156390 killed
5 years old male son of Tamer al-Nabahin, matched with MoH ID number 440668507 killed
2 years old female daughter of Tamer al-Nabahin, , matched with MoH ID number 445201734 killed
Jamal Ibrahim Attiya al-Nabahin جمال ابراهيم عطية النباهين
7 years old male killed
13-15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 429408727
15-16 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 426209417
24 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 404772931
Halima Al-Nabahin حليمة النباهين
Adult female killed
mother of “Fathi Al-Nabahin
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • (10 children4–5 women1 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.
  • Impact
    Education
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Kids Palace Kindergarten
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    Source: Kids Palace Kindergarten
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    Source: Osama Burhem
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    Source: Abdullah Abo Rezq
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    Source: Abdullah Abo Rezq
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    Source: Abdullah Abo Rezq
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    Source: Abdullah Abo Rezq
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    Source: Feda M Mubarak
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    Source: Um Mahmoud Al Nabahin
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    Source: Mukhraz misk
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Bureij camp (مخيم البريج), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.437934, 34.403857. 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
  • (10 children4–5 women1 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.
  • Impact
    Education
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (20) [ collapse]