Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0079

Incident date

October 10, 2023

Location

بني سهيلا, Bani Suhaila, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.345841, 34.324911 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 10th, 2023 at dawn, an alleged Israeli airstrike hit the Al-Qara family’s house in the town of Bani Suhayla in eastern Khan Yunis in the Gaza strip, killing between four and five civilians in the Al-Qara family, including the civilians Mohamed Ashraf Ismail Al-Qara (23 years old), his sister Waad Ashraf Ismail Al-Qara (18 years old), his other sister Iman Ashraf Ismail Al-Qara and her three week old son Saif Abu Hagras. Another member of the family, eight year old Menna reportedly sustained injuries from the bombing, and was said to be the sole survivor of the strike.

Mohamed Ashraf Al-Qara’s father Ismail Jabr Al-Qara “Abu Muhannad” (53 years old) was also reportedly killed in the strike. He was referred by one source, Majed Al Masri, as a “Commander” (القائد ) however no other evidence was found to suggest his militant status. The Al Qara family Facebook page referred to Ashraf as “professor”. Given that this term is also often used to refer to family ‘leaders’, Airwars has assumed civilian status for Majed Al Masri until further information comes to light.

All of the sources alleged that Israeli aircraft were responsible for the strike, and the Al Qara family reported that it was carried out at dawn, without warning.

Waad Ashraf Ismail Al-Qara was preparing for her wedding which was planned for a few days later, as reported by the journalist Tareq Abu Ishak and the Palestine Live Now Facebook account. Esmaeel Omer reported that injured children were transported to Nasser Hospital, and Twitter/X accounts @PalinfoAr amd @SafaPs report there were several injuries as a result of the strike, but journalist Tareq Abu Ishak and the Palestine Live Now Facebook account both report that only one person, eight year old Menna, survived the strike on the Al Qara house. Earlier reports say there were between two to three deaths and multiple people injured, but later reports, including those from the Al-Qara family, report that five people were killed by the strike. Ashraf Ismail Jabr Al-Qara “Abu Muhannad”’s cousin Rami Abdulkarim, and uncle Majed Al Masri, mourned the loss of their family in Facebook posts.

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 incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Ashraf Ismail Jabr Al-Qara “Abu Muhannad” اشرف اسماعيل جبر القرا "ابو مهند"
53 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 413317470
Mohamed Ashraf Ismail Al-Qara محمد اشرف اسماعيل القرا
23 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 406081661
Waad Ashraf Ismail Al-Qara وعد اشرف اسماعيل جبر القرا
18 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 422499988
Iman Ashraf Ismail Al-Qara ايمان اشرف اسماعيل القرا
years old female killed
Saif Abu Hagras سيف ابو هجرس
3 weeks old years old male killed
Menna
8 years old female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (1 child2 women1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Esmaeel Omer
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    Source: Majed Al Masri
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    Source: Majed Al Masri
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    Source: Al Qarra family
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    Source: Al Qarra family
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    Source: @shfanews_net
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Bani Suhaila (بني سهيلا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Bani Suhaila are: 31.345841,34.324911 .

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
    5
  • (1 child2 women1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]