Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0074

Incident date

October 9, 2023

Location

منزل عبدالله ابو سيف, House of Abdullah Abu Saif, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On October 9th, 2023, at approximately 11:30 PM, Abdullah Ahmed Abu Saif was killed in an alleged Israeli strike on his house that happened without prior warning, according to the local sources. Twitter/X user @16_gouda shared video footage of a destroyed house on his account.

Mahmoud Abu Youssef confirmed his brother’s passing on Facebook, writing that he received the news of Abdullah Abu Saif’s death “with great sadness”.

According to the Twitter/X sources @gnnanow and @16_gouda, Abdullah Ahmed Abu Saif was from Hebron, but was deported to Gaza after he had been released from an Israeli prison in the framework of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap deal in 2011, also known Wafa al-Ahrar. Details concerning his imprisonment are not available within the sources, but there is no indication from the sources that Abdullah was currently militant.

Only one source, the Facebook account of Abu Mahmoud Abu Seif, alleged that the strike can be attributed to the Israeli military, therefore Airwars has classified the strike status as “single source claim”.

Airwars was unable to match the victim with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

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 11:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Abdullah Ahmed Abu Saif عبدالله ابو سيف
Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: @GNNANOW
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    Source: Mahmoud Abu Youssef facebook
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    Source: Sanad
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    Source: Amer Abu Arafa facebook
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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 harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]