Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0094

Incident date

October 10, 2023

Location

المغراقة, Al Maghraqa, Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.465853, 34.412423 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Tuesday, October 10th 2023, between 13 and 14 members of the al-Hasanat family, including at least two women and five children of whom one was a 9 month old infant, were reportedly killed, and several others were injured after an alleged Israeli bombing of the home of the al-Hasanat family in the center of al-Mughraqa village, north of Al-Nuseirat camp, central Gaza Strip.

All the victims killed belonged to the family of a well known Palestinian preacher Mahmoud al-Hasanat who was not harmed in the attack. He was quoted as stating that his four uncles, another uncle and the uncle’s 9 month old grandson, and his cousin and the cousin’s five children were killed, and that his sister and the rest of his family members were injured.

Tributes poured in on social media from friends and relatives grieving the loss, and Moataz al-Hasanat, a relative of the family, posted the names of the identified victims on social media.

An elderly 64 year old Muhammad Zaal al-Hasanat (Abu Hazem) who was the uncle of the preacher Mahmoud al-Hasanat was killed together with his 9-month old grandson Anas Tariq al-Hasanat.

A 45-year old Jebrel Salem al-Hasanat who was mentioned in social media tributes as a cousin of Mahmoud al-Hasanat was killed together with his 41-year old wife Sanaa al-Hasanat, and their four children – sons Malek Jebrel al-Hasanat*, Salem Jebrel al-Hasanat*, and Baraa Jebrel al-Hasanat* and their 13-year old daughter Malak (Malik) Jebrel Al Hasanat. In a heartfelt Facebook testimony by Nasser Al Hasanat one can see a picture of the four smiling young children of the late Jebrel. Some sources (Newturkpost.com) indicated that his five children were killed, but the name of the fifth son was not indicated.

The bombing also took lives of the four brothers who were mentioned in social media posts as uncles of the Mahmoud al-Hasanat  – a 38-year old Mourai (Mar’i) Badr al-Hasanat, a 32-year old Musab Badr al-Hasanat, a 30-year old Muhammad Badr al-Hasanat, and a 27-year old Izz (Azz) al-Din Badr al-Hasanat as well as of the wife of Muhammad Badr al-Hasanat. The article by newturkpost.co features the image of the preacher Mahmoud al-Hasanat in a white Taqiyah and images of his four deceased uncles.

The al-Mezan Center reported on “several series of raids on neighborhoods, residential apartments, and agricultural lands, which continued until this morning” allegedly carried out by Israeli forces, which reportedly “coincided with intense bombardment from artillery and naval battleships”, adding that these attacks were on densely populated residential neighborhoods and camps, and that this led to the destruction of the al-Hasanat home among others.

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. According to the local source Muhammad Ghazali, a neighbor of the family, the attack happened without prior warning.

*Airwars has quantified them as children based on images and ages of family members.

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 (13)

Mohammed Zaal Al Hasanat محمد زعل الحسنات
64 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 912837036
Anas Tareq Al Hasanat أنس طارق الحسنات
9 months years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444187181
Jebrel Salem Al Hasanat جبريل سالم الحسنات
45 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 900523143
Sanaa Al Hasanat سناء الحسنات
41 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 926748583
Malek Jebrel Al Hasanat مالك جبريل الحسنات
male killed
Malak Jebrel Al Hasanat ملك جبريل الحسنات
13 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 429780281
Salem Jebrel Al Hasanat سالم جبريل الحسنات
male killed
Baraa Jebrel Al Hasanat براء جبريل الحسنات
killed
Mourai Bader Al Hasanat مرعي بدر الحسنات
38 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 800575136
Mus’ab Bader Al Hasanat مصعب بدر الحسنات
32 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 803054329
Izz Al Din Bader Al Hasanat عز الدين بدر الحسنات
27 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 411064223
Mohammad Bader Al Hasanat محمد بدر الحسنات
30 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 803060730
Wife of Mohammad Bader Al Hasanat زوجة محمد بدر الحسنات
female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 14
  • (5–6 children2 women6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Moataz Al-Hasanat
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    Source: Mosa M Buorqan
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    Source: Nasser Al Hasanat
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    Source: Nasser Al Hasanat
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    Source: Nasser Al Hasanat
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    Source: Nasser Al Hasanat
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    Source: Nasser Al Hasanat
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    Source: Nasser Al Hasanat
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    Source: Newturk.com news
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    Source: Newturk.com news
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Al Maghraqa (المغراقة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.465853, 34.412423. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    13 – 14
  • (5–6 children2 women6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]