Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT006

Incident date

May 11, 2021

Location

حي الشيخ رضوان ,شارع النفق, Al Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, Gaza, Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.52398489, 34.47051692 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Four members of one family, including two children, were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza’s Al Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, according to multiple sources.

The airstrike killed 16-year-old Lina Iyad Fathi Sharir, alongside her mother and father, Layali Taha Sharir and Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir. Her sister, two-year-old Mina Iyad Sharir, was taken to hospital but died from the injuries she sustained in the blast on May 11th, 2021.

The Israeli Defence Forces confirmed the airstrike in a tweet. They identified Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir as the head of Hamas anti-tank missile unit in Gaza, in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks on Israel. They did not mention any further casualties.

Ma’an News also shared an undated image of Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir in military fatigues.

Two missiles were fired at the two-story house where the family lived at around 4.30pm, according to Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights. @ISLAMHABIB6 reported that a son who was having a private lesson outside the house survived. Israel Palestine Timeline reported that there were 25 injuries as a result of the  airstrike as it took place in a densely populated area.

Lina Iyad Fathi Sharir was reportedly a 10th Grader at al-Majida Wasila Ben A’mmar Secondary School for Girls in West Gaza. The Norweigian Refugee Council confirmed that she had been participating in its psycho-social programme aimed at helping children deal with trauma.

Daily Sabah reported that Layali Abu al-Khair, which appears to be the previous family name of Layali Taha Sharir, was a biology graduate and the mother of seven children. According to that source three of her children died.

A few hours after the strike, two social media sources posted that Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir and five sons died in the airstrike. More detailed reporting that followed however indicated that he had died alongside his wife and two children.

The incident occured at approximately 4:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (
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Family members (3)

  • Lina Iyad Fathi Sharir 16 years old female killed
  • Mina Iyad Sharir 2 years old female killed
  • Layali Taha Sharir Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (41) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir, identified as the head of Hamas anti-tank units in Gaza, was killed in an airstrike on May 11th, 2021 alongside his wife and two children (image via @A_SAMIR_1)
  • Image shared of house hit in an airstrike on May 11th, 2021 in Gaza’s Al Sheikh Radwan neighborhood (image via @A_SAMIR_1)
  • Image showing the funeral of Layali Taha Sharir and Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir who were killed, alongside two of their children, in a strike on May 11th, 2021 (image via @ShehabAgency)
  • Image reportedly showing the funeral of Layali Taha Sharir and Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir who were killed, alongside two of their children, in a strike on May 11th, 2021 (image via @ShehabAgency)
  • Image showing the funeral of Layali Taha Sharir and Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir who were killed, alongside two of their children, in a strike on May 11th, 2021 (image via @ShehabAgency)
  • Image showing plumes of smoke shared in relation to the May 11th, 2021 airstrike in Al Sheikh Radwan neighborhood (image via @moh_namee)
  • Undated image reportedly showing Iyad Fathi Fayeq Sharir in military fatigues (image via Ma'an News)
  • Image of Lina Iyad Fathi Sharir who was killed in a May 11th, 2021 airstrike alongside her mother, father and sister (image via Facebook post by Um Ahmad)
  • Image of Mina Iyad Sharir who died from injuries sustained in a May 11th, 2021 airstrike (image via post by Masood2015)
  • Image of Mina Iyad Sharir who died on May 18th, 2021 from injuries sustained on May 11th, 2021 (image shared with Defence for Children International - Palestine by the Sharir family)
  • Image of Lina Iyad Fathi Sharir who was killed on a May 11th, 2021 strike in Gaza (image via The New York Times)
  • Image showing the funeral of two-year-old Mina Iyad Sharir who died on May 18th, 2021 from wounds sustained on May 11th, 2021 (image via The New York Times)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention an apartment building being struck on Al Nafaq Street (شارع النفق) in Al Sheikh Radwan (حي الشيخ رضوان) neighbourhood of Gaza (غَزَّة). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.523984, 34.470516.

  • Reports of the incident mention an apartment building being struck on Al Nafaq Street (شارع النفق) in Al Sheikh Radwan (حي الشيخ رضوان) neighbourhood of Gaza (غَزَّة).

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Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

We just killed the commander of the Hamas anti-tank missile unit, Iyad Fathi Faik Sharir. He was in charge of carrying out anti-tank missile attacks on Israel.

Our aircraft are currently striking additional terror targets in Gaza.

Media
from belligerent (1) [ collapse]

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (41) [ collapse]