Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0064

Incident date

October 9, 2023

Location

الزيتون, Al Zaytoun neighborhood, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.485479, 34.444885 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 9 2023, up to four civilians, including two young sisters, were killed when an alleged Israeli airstrike hit Al-Samuni Street, Gaza City.

The incident took place at around 6.am in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City. The sisters were identified as: six or seven year old Mira Abu Ghanima and five or six year old Lara Abu Ghanima.

On Facebook family and friends announced the children’s deaths and expressed their grief. The sisters’ cousin, Ahmad Mahamed, wrote ‘the eyes shed tears and the heart grieves, and we are saddened by your departure’. Zainab School, also mourned the sisters’ death with ‘sadness and sorrow’ and extended ‘their deepest condolences and sympathy’ for the Abu Ghanima family.

Quds News suggests that two others were killed in addition to the sisters after the alleged attack in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood. Defense for Children International (DCI) described the attack as being on ‘agricultural land’.

Both children’s names were found by Airwars researchers in 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.

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 6:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Mira Abu Ghanima ميرا ابو غنيمة
6-7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437291008
Lara Abu Ghanima لارا ابو غنيمة
5-6 years old female her sister killed Matched to MoH ID 440494672

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (2 children)
  • 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
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

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    Source: Zainab school facebook
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    Source: Ahmad Mahamed facebook
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    Source: Zaitoun street facebook
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    Source: Jales

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Zaytoun (الزيتون) to the south of Gaza city (غزة). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Zaytoun are: 31.485479, 34.444885.

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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
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 4
  • (2 children)
  • 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
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (11) [ collapse]