Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0075b

Incident date

October 9, 2023

Location

القرارة, Al Qarara, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.371329, 34.335281 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 9th 2023, between five and eight civilians, including up to three children and four women, were reportedly killed and several others injured when Israeli forces allegedly struck the home of the Abu Al-Omrain family in Al-Qarara in southern Gaza. According to available reports, the bombing destroyed the home and caused significant damage to nearby buildings.

Detailing these events, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) stated, “At approximately 2:00 a.m. on the same day, and without prior warning, Israeli warplanes bombed a two-storey house belonging to the Abu Al-Omrain family, located in the town of Al-Qarara, northeast of Khan Yunis, which resulted in its complete destruction on top of its occupants.” Elaborating further on the damage caused by the bombing, the PCHR reported, “A serious damage to a number of neighboring houses. (5) martyrs were recovered, including (2) two women and two girls. Civil defense crews are still searching for missing persons and victims under the rubble.” This conforms with an account offered by the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights. Both organizations reported that the bodies of five people had initially been recovered from the destroyed home, and that further work was carried out to locate additional missing persons.

According to available reports, this incident resulted in numerous injuries. While no outlet has provided a number of those who were wounded, SHMS News Agency has stated that alongside those killed, “several others were injured.” Hani Abu Mura provided the highest casualty toll of eight members of the family killed on Facebook.

On October 9, a Facebook user named Alaa Younis Abo Al Omarein who is a relative of those killed shared a post claiming to be a relative of those killed. They identified those who lost their lives as “My beloved mother, Hayat Khalil Al-Desouki, 67 years old,” “My dear aunt Howaida Khalil Al-Desouki, 60 years old,” “My beloved sister, Aya Younis Abu Al-Omrain, 29 years old,” “My brother Muhammad Younis Abu Al-Omrain, 39 years old,” “My brother’s wife, Ibtihal Khader Abu Al-Omarin, 33 years old,” “Hayat Muhammad Abu Al-Omrain, 12 years old,” “ Habiba Younis Abu Al-Omrain, 9 years old,” and “Younis Muhammad Abu Al-Omrain, 4 years old.” The family member Alaa Younis was interviewed by the Associated Press a few days later as she was staying in a UN school after her home was destroyed and eight members of her family were killed.

Cairo24 News reported that two of the women that died in the strike were Egyptian: Howaida Khalil Al-Desouki and her sister Hayat Khalil Al-Desouki, 67 years old. Howaida was a pension supervisor at the Educational Administration in Ain Shams in Cairo and was visiting her sister Hayat who was married 40 years ago to the Palestinian Younis Abu Al-Omrain, and has lived there since then. Ahmed Al-Sayyid Khalil Al-Desouki, a nephew of the two women, told Cairo24 that Mrs. Howaida Khalil Al-Desouki, his aunt, was visiting her sister Hayat Khalil Al-Desouki two weeks ago to offer her condolences to her husband, Younis Abu Al-Omrain, who died after suffering from illness.

@samahpal23 added that the victims were taken to Nasser Medical Complex. Following this incident, Radio Al Zaytouna shared four photographs on Facebook showing a destroyed building surrounded by rubble and debris.

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. Multiple sources accused Israeli forces of using internationally banned phosphorus during airstrikes in Al-Qarara.

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The incident occured at approximately 2:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

Hayat Khalil Al-Desouki Abu Al-Amrain حياة خليل الدسوقي أبو العمرين
67 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 953980570
Muhammad Younis Abu Al-Amrain محمد يونس أبو العمرين
39 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 430141630
Ayatollah Younis Muhammad Abu Al-Omrain آية يونس أبو العمرين
29 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 804824399
Hayat Younis Abu Al-Omarin حياة يونس أبو العمرين
12 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 430141630
Habiba Muhammad Younis Abu Al-Omarin حبيبة محمد يونس أبو العمرين
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 430141630
Howaida Khalil Al-Desouki هويدا خليل الدسوقي
60 years old female killed
Ibtihal Khader Abu Al-Omarin ابتهال خضر أبو العمرين
33 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 430141630
Younis Muhammad Abu Al-Omarin يونس محمد أبو العمرين
4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 442877288

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Al Qarara (القرارة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.371285, 34.335265. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (2–3 children2–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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: Abd Al salam
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    Source: Abd Al salam
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    Source: Abd Al salam
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    Source: Radio Al Zaytouna FM
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    Source: Radio Al Zaytouna FM
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    Source: Radio Al Zaytouna FM
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    Source: Radio Al Zaytouna FM
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    Source: Al Qarara pulse
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    Source: Al Qarara pulse
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    Source: Al Qarara pulse
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    Source: Abdo Jneed facebook
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    Source: Nahla Asaad facebook
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    Source: Nahla Asaad facebook
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    Source: Alaa Younis Abo Al Omarein facebook
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    Source: Alaa Younis Abo Al Omarein facebook
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    Source: Alaa Younis Abo Al Omarein facebook
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    Source: Alaa Younis Abo Al Omarein facebook
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    Source: Alaa Younis Abo Al Omarein facebook
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    Source: Alaa Younis Abo Al Omarein facebook
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    Source: Nabd Alqarara facebook
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    Source: Nabd Alqarara facebook
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    Source: Nabd Alqarara facebook
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    Source: Batoul Mo’taz facebook
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    Source: Batoul Mo’taz facebook
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    Source: Batoul Mo’taz facebook
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    Source: Batoul Mo’taz facebook
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    Source: Cairo24 news
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    Source: Cairo24 news
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    Source: Cairo24 news
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    Source: Cairo24 news
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    Source: Balkis Abu Alamarein facebook
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    Source: Balkis Abu Alamarein facebook
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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
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 8
  • (2–3 children2–4 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (29) [ collapse]