Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0036

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

مخيم النصيرات, Nuseirat camp, Deir Al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.458824, 34.389414 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

An alleged Israeli airstrike that hit the civilian home of the Younis family in Nuseirat refugee camp at 4:30pm on the 8th of October 2023 killed six members of the family and injured a child.

While reports immediately after the strike reported a lower death toll, later reports were agreed that six civilians had been killed. SND Palestine published images of the funerals. Reports also mention one child who was pulled from the rubble alive.

The victims were identified in local reporting as: Ayman Younis (50 years old), his wife Areej, and their children Abdul Aziz (son, 14 years old), Alaa (daughter, 20 years old), Hala (daughter, 18 years old), and Lina (daughter, 16 years old). The child who was injured has not been identified by name. A condolence message was posted for the family by the aunt or uncle of Areej and the Board of Directors of the Ashkelon People’s Association.

Al Mezan reported that the strike occurred at 4:30pm on October 8th at Al-Nusairat refugee camp and resulted in the complete destruction of the four-storey house of the Al-Assar family and three neighbouring houses.

Where possible, names have been matched with the list of nearly 7000 names published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health on October 26th, 2023.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. A tweet from @SafaPs specified that the bombing occurred without warning.

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 local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Ayman Younis “Abu Al-Abd” أيمن يونس
50 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 953999265
Areej “Umm al-Abd.” أريج
female Wife of Ayman killed
Abdul Aziz Ayman Younis عبد العزيز أيمن
14 years old male Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 426449476
Alaa Ayman Younis الاء ايمن يونس
20 years old female Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 408874675
Hala Ayman Younis حلا أيمن يونس
18 years old female Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 421265133
Lina Ayman Younes لينة أيمن يونس
16 years old female Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 424414084

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (2 children3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @SafaPs
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: Emad Jamal
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    Source: Mohammed Ismail Al Hor
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    Source: Mohammed Ismail Al Hor
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    Source: Adham matar
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    Source: Adham matar
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    Source: Al Nusayrat camp
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the Nuseirat camp (مخيم النصيرات). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.458824, 34.389414.

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  • Imagery:
    Mohammed Ismail Al Hor

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
    6
  • (2 children3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]