Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0067

Incident date

October 9, 2023

Location

مسجد القبة, Vicinity of Al Qubba Mosque, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.364056, 34.278227 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

During the evening of Monday, October 9th, 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike struck the three-story Qannan family home located near the Al-Qubba Mosque in the Al-Mawasi area of the town of Khan Yunis, Gaza strip, killing up to 10 members of the family, including five children and three women, one of whom was pregnant. According to an Elbalad news report referring to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the deadly attack happened without prior warning.

Professor Muhammad Issa Muhammad Qannan (“Abu Issa”) was killed together with his 71 year-old wife Professor Zuhdiyah Mahmud Muhammad Qannan (“Umm Issa”) (also referred to as Zuhdiya Mahmoud Darwish Qannan), their 46-year old daughter Wissal Muhammad Issa Qannan, their 40-year old son, engineer Mahmoud Muhammad Issa Qanan (Abu Jihad), Mahmoud’s pregnant wife Khitam Abu Odeh (possibly a 36-year old Khatam Sameer Abdul Rahman Qannan, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry), and the five children of Mahmoud and Khitam.

Among the deceased children of Mahmoud and Khitam are a daughter Mayar Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan (12 years old), a son Muhammad Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan (10 years old), a daughter Reem Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan (7 years old), a son Omar Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan (5 years old), and a daughter Lina Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan (3 years old).

The late Professor Muhammad Issa Muhammad  Qannan (“Abu Issa”) was a Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Asqalan Association and was described as a “sincere and generous professor” in a Facebook post in the group “Society of Asqalan people”.

Initially the news sources, including Alghad news, Elbalad news and Wafa news as well as Twitter/X accounts reported that eight members of the family were killed and their bodies were transported to Nasser hospital. However, on October 11, 2023 Shehab Agency reported that two additional bodies were recovered from under the rubble of the Qannan family home, thus increasing the number of victims to ten. According to @Zakariya, more than 20 ambulances rushed to the site of the strike at the Qannan home.

Family members and friends expressed their sadness about the tragic incident in Facebook posts. Nisreen Abu Kawalek wrote in her testimony about the devastating losses for her husband, a surviving member of the Qannan family: “With patient and hopeful hearts, we received the news of the martyrdom of my husband’s family (my husband’s mother, my husband’s father, my husband’s sister, my husband’s brother, his wife, and his five children)”.

A surviving son, Areeg Qannan, honoured the memory of his parents and siblings in a Facebook post, mourning the death of his “father, the crown of my head, and my pride, Professor Muhammad Issa Muhammad Qanan (Abu Issa)”, his “mother, the pulse of my life, my companion, and my refuge after God, the able professor/Zahdia Mahmoud Darwish Qanan (Umm Issa)”, and his “caring brother, of beautiful character and good influence, Engineer Mahmoud Muhammad Issa Qannan”. Sefyan Awda posted the pictures of the young children who lost their lives in the attack.

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.

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 in the evening.

The victims were named as:

Family members (10)

Muhammad Issa Muhammad Qannan (“Abu Issa”) محمد عيسى محمد قنن (ابوعيسى
Adult male killed
Zuhdiyah Mahmud Muhammad Qannan (“Umm Issa”) زهدية محمود درويش قنن (ام عيسى
71 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 937370658
Wissal Muhammad Issa Qannan وصال محمد عيسى قنن
46 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 950603894
Mahmoud Muhammad Issa Qanan (Abu Jihad) محمود محمد عيسى قنن (ابو جهاد )
40 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801024969
Khitam Abu Odeh ختام سمير ابو عوده
36 years old female pregnant killed Matched to MoH ID 800668675
Mayar Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan ميار محمود محمد قنن
12 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 431459163
Muhammad Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan محمد محمود محمد قنن
10 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 433425428
Reem Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan ريم محمود محمد قنن
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437413669
Omar Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan عمر محمود محمد قنن
5 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 440572014
Lina Mahmoud Muhammad Qannan لينا محمود محمد قنن
3 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 442936688

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 10
  • (5 children3 women2–3 men)
  • 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

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Media
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    Source: Sefyan Awda facebook
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    Source: Sefyan Awda facebook
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    Source: Sefyan Awda facebook
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    Source: Sefyan Awda facebook
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    Source: Sefyan Awda facebook
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    Source: Dalal ALyasser facebook
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    Source: Mahmoud ABu Alnoor facebook
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    Source: Mahmoud ABu Alnoor facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Qanan facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Qanan facebook
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    Source: Askalan facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the vicinity of Al Qubba mosque (مسجد القبة), west of Khan Younis (خانيونس) city. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Qubba mosque are: 31.364056, 34.278227.

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
    8 – 10
  • (5 children3 women2–3 men)
  • 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

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