Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0056

Incident date

October 9, 2023

Location

بيت لاهيا, Beit Lahiya, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.551277, 34.509233 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the evening of October 9th, 2023, up to 15 members of the al-Madhoun family, including two women and eleven children, were killed as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike on the al-Madhoun family home located behind the Golden Hall in the Americana area west to the town of Beit Lahyia in the northern Gaza Strip. According to the Defense for Children Palestine (DCI Palestine) report, the attack on the two-story family house happened without a prior warning.

Initially the family members and “Al-Araby Al-Jadeed” correspondent reported about 14 people killed. “The entire family was removed from the civil registry and registered with the Immortals” wrote their relative Fayeq al-Madhoun on Facebook. A family member Ahmad al-Madhoun wrote on the social media platform “X” to confirm the death of the 14 members of the al-Madhoun family, posting the picture of the rubble which used to be the family house. He wrote: “14 members of my family were martyred in a massacre and direct bombing of the Al-Madhoun family home in the Sudaniya area, including children and women!”.

Later, local news agencies Shehab Agency, Wafa News, Daqiqa News reported that the Israeli military bombed the home of the two brothers Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun and Dr. Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun, subsequently leading to their death and the death of 13 other family members of the al-Madhoun family, including Muhammad’s wife and six children and Ahmed’s wife and five children. The brothers’ cousin Abu Habib shared testimony on Facebook posting the pictures of the two brothers who lost their lives in the attack.

The following day, on October 10th, a family member Abu Mohammed Madhoun confirmed on Facebook that the six children of Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun killed in the airstrike were: Fatima Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun (female, child, 7), Amani Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun (female, child, 4), Mahmoud Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun (male, child, 9), Akram Muhammad Abdel Rahim al-Madhoun (male, child, 10), Karam Muhammad Abdel Rahim al-Madhoun (male, child 3), Watan Muhammad Abdel Rahim al-Madhoun (male, child, 1), alongside Amal Mahmoud Zayed al-Zaanin (al-Madhoun) (female, 39 years old) – likely to be Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun’s wife. The source added that specialised teams continued to search for the remaining members of the family under the rubble of their home.

Sources on the ground told correspondents for the Palestinian News Agency ‘Wafa’ that the brothers’ father Akram Musa Al-Madhoun, their mother and two brothers were killed by an alleged Israeli bombing of the neigbouring house during the 2021 Israeli campaign in the Gaza Strip. However, their relative Douha Madhoon wrote on Facebook that in fact their father, their younger brother Abdullah, and Muhammad’s first wife were killed at that time, while their mother had died of cancer years ago.

The deaths of so many members of the al-Madhoun family was reported on by relatives across the globe. In Australia, a family relative Hadeel al-Madhoun spoke to the Sydney Morning Herald to tell the story of her father learning of the loss of life of at least 14 family members through an Al Jazeera report. “A 78-year old Mousa al-Madhoun was sitting in the loungeroom of his Mickleham home, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, watching Al Jazeera, when a reporter announced an Israeli missile had destroyed the Al-Madhoun family compound in Beit Lahia, an area in the northern part of the territory, killing 14 people. He dropped the cup of coffee he was holding, stared at the screen and started crying”, she told Sydney Morning Herald.. The brothers who owned the house were Mousa’s cousins. Hadeel Al-Madhoun told the Australian reporters that she had lost at least 33 family members in Gaza since the Israeli bombardment began. “I don’t think the world is really seeing what is happening,” she added.

A Palestinian American Hani Almadhoun who lives in Virginia learned Monday morning from a Telegram chat that an Israeli airstrike killed at least 14 members of his family, including five children and elderly relatives. “Death comes very fast,” Almadhoun told HuffPost. “We don’t get any solidarity.” Before he hadn’t been able to reach his family in Gaza for the last four days.

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

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

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (15)

Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun احمد عبدالرحيم المدهون
Adult male killed
Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun's child
Child killed
Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun's child
Child killed
Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun's child
Child killed
Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun's child
Child killed
Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun's child
Child killed
Ahmed Akram Rahim al-Madhoun's wife
Adult female killed
Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun محمد عبد الرحيم المدهون
Adult male killed
Fatima Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun فاطمة محمود عبدالرحيم مدهون
7 years old female Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun's child killed Matched to MoH ID 437271125
Amani Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun اماني محمد عبدالرحيم مدهون
4 years old female Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun's child killed Matched to MoH ID 443264015
Mahmoud Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun محمود محمد عبدالرحيم مدهون
9 years old male Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun's child killed Matched to MoH ID 435199542
Akram Muhammad Abdel Rahim al-Madhoun اكرم محمد عبدالرحيم المدهون
10 years old male Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun's child killed Matched to MoH ID 433562261
Karam Muhammad Abdel Rahim al-Madhoun كرم محمد عبدالرحيم مدهون
3 years old male Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun's child killed Matched to MoH ID 445519606
Watan Muhammad Abdel Rahim al-Madhoun وطن محمود عبدالرحيم مدهون
1 years old male Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun's child killed Matched to MoH ID 444362024
Amal Mahmoud Zayed al-Zaanin (al-Madhoun) امل محمود زايد الزين المدهون
39 years old female likely to be Muhammad Abd al-Rahim al-Madhoun's wife killed Matched to MoH ID 800343642

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • (11 children1–2 women2 men2 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Abu Mohammed Madhoon facebook
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    Source: Ahmad
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    Source: Hamza Madhoun facebook
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    Source: Abu Habib facebook
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    Source: Abu Habib facebook
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    Source: Fayeq al madhoun facebook
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    Source: Almadhoun facebook
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    Source: Almadhoun facebook
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    Source: Almadhoun facebook
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    Source: Almadhoun facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the Americana (الأمريكي) area, allegedly located west of Beit Lahiya (بيت لاهيا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Beit Lahiya are: 31.551277, 34.509233

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • (11 children1–2 women2 men2 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (25) [ collapse]