Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0088

Incident date

October 10, 2023

Location

منزل عائلة ابو عوض الاعرج في مخيم النصيرات بلوك سي,, Abu Awad Al-Araj family home in Nuseirat camp, Block C, west of the Al-Dawa area, Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On Tuesday, October 10th, 2023, seven civilians belonging to the al-Araj family, including a mother with her five children and their elderly grandmother, were killed and a number of civilians were injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike that destroyed the multistorey al-Araj home in the Nuseirat camp, west of the Al-Dawa area.

Sources said the home belonged to Abu Awad al-Araj; his wife and five children were all killed in the strike. Voice of the Nation Radio reported that the family were recovered from the collapsed building by civil defense and rescue units, and the bodies of the victims were delivered to Al-Aqsa Hospital in the center of the Gaza Strip. Mezan reported that the alleged airstrike also caused major damage to the surrounding infrastructure.

The five siblings who were killed together whilst at home were identified as three brothers Awad al-ArajMohammed al-Araj, and Mahmoud al-Araj, and two sisters Sahar al-Araj and Khadija al-Araj. Four of the young children who were killed are depicted in a photo shared by the user Alalmani Salih on Facebook in a post that mourned their death. The young children are depicted standing alongside one another, the elder brother with his hand on his younger brother’s shoulders, smiling at the camera.

The attack also took the lives of the children’s mother, Duha Abdul Hamid Muhammad Shaker al-Hur (Abu Awad al-Araj’s wife) and the children’s grandmother Umm Mohammad Ara (Abu Awad al-Araj’s mother).

Family members and friends, including Abu Saleh, Nahed Basher, Shaher Abu Naje and others identified the victims on social media in the posts that expressed their grief and heartache upon discovering the death of the family. Shaher Abu Naje expressed his sincere condolences and sympathy for  “the neighbor, brother and beloved Abu Awad Al-Araj” who lost all his family members in the incident. Mahmoud Abu Al-Fida wrote in similar words: “Our hearts are with you #My brother Abu Awad Muhammad Al-Araj 💔💔”

Safaa Alhor remembered her cousin Duha Abdul Hamid Muhammad Shaker al-Hur in her tribute. Al-Hur Family Youth Association wrote a tribute to the late Duha Abdul Hamid Muhammad Shaker al-Hur and her five children.

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.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (7)

Umm Mohammad Araj أعرج
Adult female killed
Duha Abdul Hamid Muhammad Shaker al-Hur ضحى عبد الحميد محمد شاكر الهور
31 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 803748870
Awad Al Araj عوض الأعرج
13 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 429632409
Mohammed Al Araj محمد الأعرج
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 437026420
Mahmoud Al Araj محمود الأعرج
2 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 437026420
Sahar Al Araj سهر الأعرج
11 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 432203503
Khadija Al Araj خديجة الأعرج
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 434290243

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (5 children2 women)
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: The German is valid

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
    7
  • (5 children2 women)
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]