Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0028

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

الشجاعي, Al Shujaiya, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

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

Airwars assessment

Brothers Hammad Mahmoud Harara (Abu Mahmoud Harara), Taha Mahmoud Harara, Mohamed Mahmoud Harara, and their cousin Fourat Jamal Harara were killed and an unknown number of others were injured at approximately 17:30 on 08 October 2023. They were killed in their home on Al-Mantar Street in the east of the Al-Shujaiya neighbourhood in east Gaza City as the result of an alleged Israeli airstrike.

Most sources wrote that four civilians were killed in the strike, however the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Gaza and Al Mezan cited five deaths as a result of the airstrike attributed to Israeli forces. The cousin of those killed, Linda Harara, posted about their death via Facebook and the Harara family identified the three brothers as “sons of the late Hajj Abu Younis Harara”.

Multiple news agencies, including Shehab Agency and Anadolu Agency, reported the alleged Israeli airstrike on the Harara family home. A tweet from @absalem88 gave the location of the Harara family home as Al-Mantar Street to the east of the Al-Shujaiya neighbourhood in east Gaza City and Al Mezan reported that the house was completely destroyed.

Tweets from two accounts wrote that ambulances rushed to the scene to transport the injured, but neither gave an exact number of injured in the incident. Anadolu Agency published that medical sources reported seven people injured as a result of the alleged Israeli airstrike on both the Harara family home and another strike on a house near the Yarmouk Mosque. It is unclear exactly how many of those seven were injured at the Harara home, so the injury range for this assessment has been put at between two and seven.

Airwars has matched all names identified in this assessment with the Palestinian Ministry of Health 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 approximately 5:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Hammad Mahmoud Harara, Abu Mahmoud Harara حماد محمود حرارة
38 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 800549024
Taha Mahmoud Harara طه محمود حرارة
32 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 803279967
Mohamed Mahmoud Harara محمد محمود حرارة
27 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 401143037
Fourat Jamal Harara فرات جمال حرارة
27 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 402151724

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Shujaiya (الشجاعي) to the east of Gaza city (غزة). 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.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: @mo7madabed
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    Source: @mo7madabed
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    Source: Harara family
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    Source: Harara family
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    Source: Ayman Zeyad
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    Source: Ayman Zeyad
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    Source: Ayman Zeyad
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    Source: Hasan Zeyad
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    Source: Hasan Zeyad
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    Source: Nawaya 24

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
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–7
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]