Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0031

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

مخيم النصيرات 5, Al Nuseirat Camp 5, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.453364, 34.390576 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 8th 2023, a civilian home in the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip was reportedly hit by an Israeli airstrike killing between four and five civilians from the same family, including at least two children, and wounding between 21 and 22 others.

According to Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, the Israeli airstrike occurred at approximately 4.30pm resulting in the destruction of the four storey Al-Assar family home and three neighboring houses, including the house belonging to the Al-Naqla family in Camp 5 in Al-Nuseirat. Al Mezan reported the death toll as four civilians killed, including two children and a woman.

The four victims killed have been identified by all sources as a family; the mother Shuruq al-Naqla (30 years old), her husband Mohammed al-Naqla (31 years old) and their two sons, Omar al-Naqla (three or four years old) and Yousef al-Naqla (five or six years old). On Facebook Bassem al- Naqla, Shuruq’s brother, reported that Mariam, their third child, was also killed in the attack. However, Amnesty International reported that their two year – old daughter Mariam and their three-year old nephew Abdel Karim were injured and were taken to hospital whereupon they were quickly released due to overcrowding. Around 20 others were also reportedly injured in the attack.

Ismail al-Naqla, Mohammed’s brother, told Amnesty International that their next-door neighbor received a warning call from the Israeli military around 10:30am so Ismail and Mohammad and their families left the home. However, since the bombing hadn’t occurred by 3:30pm, the al-Naqla family had quickly returned home to collect essential items when the bomb struck. They hoped it would be safe to return home as 5 hours had elapsed without a bomb since their neighbors received the call to evacuate earlier that morning. Ismail described to Amnesty “seeing part of his five-year-old nephew Yousef’s brain “outside of his head” and said that three-year-old Omar’s body could not be recovered from under the rubble until the next day.”

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names and ages with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers 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 4:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Shuruq al-Naqla شروق النقلة
30 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 804530368
Mohammed al-Naqla محمد النقلة
31 years old male Shuruq's husband killed Matched to MoH ID 803829480
Omar al-Naqla عمر النقلة
3-4 years old male their son killed Matched to MoH ID 442300653
Yousef al-Naqla يوسف النقلة
5-6 years old male their son killed Matched to MoH ID 438190076
Mariam al-Naqla مريم النقلة
2 years old female their daughter - unclear if she was killed or injured injured
Abdel Karim عبد الكريم
3 years old male Shuruq's nephew injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    21–22
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Mohammad Ismail Al Hor
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    Source: Zakaria Al Qatrawi
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    Source: Mohammad Ismail Al Hor
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    Source: Nuseirat Municipality
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    Source: Nusiyerat
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Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention Al Nuseirat Camp 5 (مخيم النصيرات 5) northeast of Deir Al Balah (دير البلح). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.453364, 34.390576.

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  • Imagery:
    Zakaria Al Qatrawi

  • Imagery:
    Arabiaa News

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
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    21–22
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]