Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0055

Incident date

October 9, 2023

Location

مخيم البريج, Al Bureij camp, Deir Al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

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

Airwars assessment

On October 9th, 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike on a residential house located east of the al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip killed a woman, Ola Ziyad Abdel Aziz (also referred to as Ola Abdel Aziz Abdeen), and her four sons – Areej, Muhammad, Adam, and Qais. Only one source, Shehab Agency, also mentioned a number of injuries but provided no further details on the exact number or identity of those wounded.

Most accounts of the deadly bombing come from social media posts by family members, memorializing Ola and her children. Ola’s brother, Amir Ziad, has mourned the death of her sister and his four nephews “with great sadness and grief.” Her cousin Maram Qassem and her uncle Abed Abu Adnan also honoured the memory of Ola and her children in Facebook posts. “With great sadness, I mourn my niece,” the post by Abed Abu Adnan reads. “I can only say: We belong to God and to Him we shall return.” Ola’s friend Mariam Hayati mentioned that her “dear friend and sister” Ola had “passed away””. The age of the victims was not provided by the sources.

The exact time of the strike is unknown, and there is also some ambiguity as to the location of the affected house. The family members refer to the home as “east of Bureij”, while Shehab Agency and Facebook user Khamis Husein said the strike took place in Bureij.

Only one source, Shehab Agency directly attributed the strike to the Israeli military.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Ola Ziyad Abdel Aziz علا ابو زايد عبدالعزيز
Adult female killed
Areej اريج
Child male Ola's son killed
Muhammad محمد
Child male Ola's son killed
Adam ادم
Child male Ola's son killed
Qais قيس
Child male Ola's son killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (4 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

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    Source: Talak Qinawi facebook
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    Source: Huseein Mohammed facebook
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    Source: Huseein Mohammed facebook
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    Source: Bureij camp facebook

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (4 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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]