Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0077

Incident date

October 10, 2023

Location

بئر النعجة, Bir Al Najah, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.541901, 34.488035 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Journalist Salam Khalil Mayma/Mima (33 years old), along with her husband Muhammad al-Masry, their two sons Hadi al-Masry (7 years old) and Ali al-Masry (five years old), and their daughter Sham al-Masry (2 years old) were reportedly killed on October 10th 2023 in an alleged Israeli airstrike on their home in Al Na’ja, situated in the eastern area of Jabalia Refugee Camp in northern Gaza.

Alhurra News reported the death of Salam Khalil Mayma and her family in a longer article citing journalists killed in the conflict so far. Alhurra News reported that Salam Khalil Mayma was the head of the Women Journalists’ Committee within the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate.

Eye on Palestine posted a photo of the family together on Facebook. A number of other posts to social media, primarily Facebook, mourned the death of the family with many posting photos of them. Tawfiq Al Halabi also posted photos of Muhammad al-Masry on Facebook, commemorating the death of his friend and colleague.

The Coalition for Women in Journalism indicated that the bodies of Salam and Hadi were pulled out from the rubble on October 13th, while rescuers were still searching for Salam’s daughter. Some Facebook posts alleged that Muhammad al-Masry and his daughter Sham al-Masry survived the initial impact of the alleged airstrike and were calling to each other under the rubble. BBC and the Coalition for Women in Journalism reported that Ali, five years old, was rescued and survived the bombing, quoting the Mima family. However, other social media posts and news reports on October 13th later confirmed the death of all five family members.

Alhurra News reported that a total of four Palestinian journalists, including Salam Khalil Mayma, were killed on 10 October in alleged Israeli airstrikes that were said to have hit residential buildings. Alhurra claimed that Salam Khalil Mayma was the eighth journalist to be killed in the conflict.

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 local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Muhammad al-Masry محمد المصري
male killed
Salam Khalil Mayma سلام خليل ميمة
33 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 802820001
Hadi al-Masry هادي المصري
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 437003122
Ali al-Masry علي المصري
5 years old male unclear if he was killed or injured killed
Sham al-Masry شام المصري
2 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 445433667

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman1 man1 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Eye on Palestine
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    Source: Ahmad Nasser
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    Source: Ahmad Nasser
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    Source: Oudnoun
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    Source: Tawfiq Al Halabi
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    Source: Sahar Ramadn
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    Source: Sahar Ramadn
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    Source: Sahar Ramadn
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    Source: Banzart Fm
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    Source: Abdullrazaq Mohammed Khudur
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    Source: Abo Shaymaa Al Mousawi
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    source: @doamuslims
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    source: @fidaazaanin
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    Source: @OnlinePalEng
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    Source: BBC

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Bir Al Na’jah (بئر النعجة), west of Jabalia (جباليا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Bir Al Na’jah are: 31.541901, 34.488035.

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
    4 – 5
  • (2–3 children1 woman1 man1 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 (18) [ collapse]