Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0075

Incident date

October 9–10, 2023

Location

جباليا, Jabalia, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.538711, 34.495107 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Six civilians, including three children, from three generations of the same family, were killed when an alleged Israeli airstrike hit a residential building in the al-Hawaber area of Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on either the 9th or 10th of October, 2023.

The first source to report on the event, a post uploaded on October 9th on the Nasr Family Facebook page, claimed that Nahida Ramadan Sardah was killed alongside her family that day. However Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), who named Nahida’s children, noted that the bombing took place on the morning of October 10th in their report. There may have been some delay in the accounts, given that the civilians could not initially be found in the rubble, with a family member, Ahmad Sardah, reporting that the victims were trapped under the rubble for 12 hours.

While DCIP reported that only four civilians were killed, including three children and that other children were injured in the alleged airstrike, family members identified the names of six victims killed. Yasir Serdah, a family member, reported that there were others wounded but did not say how many. Airwars recorded six civilians killed, and two to three civilians injured, including at least two children in the attack.

The six victims were identified by their relatives as the grandmother, Nahida Ramadan Sardah (Umm Mousa al-Hassi) and her daughters-in-law, Rania Mohammed Hassan (Mousa Al-Hassi’s wife) and Rima Nassar. As well as Rania‘s eleven-year-old daughter Nahida al-Hassi, her three-year-old son Karam al-Hassi and Rima‘s two-year-old son Mohammed.

The ages of the children were reported by DCIP.

Multiple sources claimed that the bombing took place without any warning.

Two sources identified a belligerent and attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names and ages with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers released on October 26th.

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 morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Nahida Ramadan Sardah ناهدة رمضان سرداح
Adult female mother of Musa Al-Hassi killed
Rima Nassar ريما نصار
Adult female killed
Rania Mohammed Hassan رانيا محمد حسان
Adult female wife of Musa Al-Hassi killed
Nahida al-Hassi ناهدة الهسي
11 years old female Rania's daughter killed Matched to MoH ID 432161552
Karam al-Hassi كرم الهسي
3-4 years old male Rania's son killed Matched to MoH ID 442376943
Mohammed al-Hassi محمد
2-3 years old male Rima's son killed Matched to MoH ID 445194376

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (3 children3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a strike on a residential building in Jabalia (جباليا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Jabalia are: 31.538711, 34.495107.

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
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (3 children3 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]