Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0025

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

مدرسة الفاخورة, Al-Fakhoura school, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.542307, 34.495157 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 8th 2023, Israeli military aircraft were reported to have carried out an airstrike on the Al-Najjar family home in the Al-Fakhoura area of the Jabalia refugee camp in north Gaza, killing an unknown number of people and injuring at least four people.

The Shehab Agency tweeted that there were “injuries as the [Israeli] aircraft targeted the Al-Najjar family’s home in the Al-Fakhoura area in the Jabalia refugee camp, north of the Gaza Strip”. The Jabalia refugee camp itself confirmed the attack on its Facebook page: “Targeting a house for the Al-Najjar family in the Al-Fakhoura area in the Jabalia camp”. One local journalist, Faton Ayman, specifically stated that there were “four injuries in the Kamal Adwan Hospital”.   

@WaellodaOda, @i_07070 and Rania Al Khodary all posted statements which were identical to that of a Safa correspondent who reported that there had been “[killed] and injured in the bombing of the Al-Najjar family’s home and the Hassouna family’s home near Al-Fakhoura School in Jabalia”.  Several other social media accounts indicated that there had been people killed as well as people injured at the camp, whilst additionally stating that the strike had occurred in proximity to a school.

While the exact number of casualties was not reported, in line with Airwars’ methodology the minimum range has been assessed as two to account for references to multiple deaths.

The previous day, on October 7, another alleged Israeli strike was reported on the Al-Najjar family home, killing Hajj Hamdan Al-Najjar, an official of the Ministry of the Interior along with his wife, son and granddaughter. This incident has been assessed separately by Airwars in case number ISPT0002.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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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Media
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al-Fakhoura School (مدرسة الفاخورة), within the Jabalia refugee camp, for which the coordinates are: 31.542307, 34.495157. 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 infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]