Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0076

Incident date

October 10, 2023

Location

جوار عمارة الحجي, Vicinity of the Al Hajji building, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.524980, 34.437208 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At dawn on October 10th 2023, three Palestinian Journalists Mohammed Rizq Sobh, Saeed Al-Taweel and Hisham Al-Nawahija (27 years old) were reportedly killed by an alleged Israeli strike on the Al Hajji Building, in Al Mou’asasat Street, in the Gaza strip. The father of Yahya Al Sayed was also injured.

Alhurra News reported that the three journalists were standing dozens of meters away from the building, to cover an expected Israeli airstrike on a residential building. It was reported that one of the residents had received a phone call from the Israeli army requesting its evacuation in preparation for its destruction, but according to journalists who witnessed the incident, Israeli warplanes struck the building where the journalists stopped to document the bombing.

Many local sources reported that the three journalists had been killed, but a few sources were initially conflicted if two were still in intensive care. @ehajjar and Journalist Khaled Al Qadi stated that journalist Hisham Al-Nawajeh was seriously injured and “still in the operating room”, and @Shehab Agency tweeted a statement from the Government Media office in Gaza, “we mourn the two fellow journalists, Muhammad Sobh and Saeed Al- Taweel, who were killed as a result of being targeted by [Israeli] aircraft while covering the evacuation of one of the buildings threatened by bombing in western Gaza, and we wish recovery to our colleague Hisham Al-Nawajah, who was with them and who is currently receiving treatment”. Whereas Hadeel El Tibi reported that journalist Saeed Al-Taweel was injured and “the news is conflicting between his martyrdom and that he is still in intensive care”. However, images were later posted of the funeral for Saeed and the Ministry of Health recorded Hisham’s death.

A Facebook post from Yahya Al Sayed identified his father as one of the injured, “after he was hit with shrapnel in the shoulder”.

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

Alhurra News identified the location as near the fisherman’s port and other sources specified the strike occurred at Hajji Tower, building 3, on Al Mou’asasat Street. 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 around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Mohammed Rizq Sobh رزق صبح
Age unknown male killed
Saeed Al-Taweel سعيد الطويل
Age unknown male killed
Hisham Al-Nawahija هشام النواحجة
27 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 402029862
A man from Al Sayed family رجل من بيت السيد
Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 men3 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @NakabaBadila
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    Source: Ismail Awad
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    Source: Ismail Awad
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    Source: Ismail Awad
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    Source: Ismail Awad
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    Source: Rusdi Adeeb
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    Source: Yahya Al Sayed
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    Source: Journalist Khaled Al Qadi
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    Source: Journalist Khaled Al Qadi
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    Source: Journalist Khaled Al Qadi
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    Source: Journalist Khaled Al Qadi
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    Source: Radio Ennour
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    Source: Radio Ennour
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    Source: Radio Ennour
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    Source: Khenzaa Khotto
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    Source: Khenzaa Khotto
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    Source: Khenzaa Khotto
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    Source: Khenzaa Khotto
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Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the Al Hajji building (عمارة الحجي). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.524980, 34.437208

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  • Imagery:
    Ismail Muhammad Hassouna

  • Imagery:
    Ismail Muhammad Hassouna

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
    3
  • (3 men3 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]