Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0102n

Incident date

October 10, 2023

Location

منزل عائلة المجايدة غرب خانيونس, home of the Al-Majaydeh and Ahmed families in the Al-Mawasi area west of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On October 10th 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike on the homes of the Al-Majaydeh and Ahmed families situated in the Al-Mawasi area west of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip reportedly killed five civilians belonging to one family, including one woman and two children, and wounded from six to 14 other civilians.

One of the victims, Saeed Mohammed Al-Majaydeh, was initially injured and later died from his injuries on October 16th, 2023. A Facebook post by Younis Al-Majaida shows the rubble and a severely damaged house, reportedly belonging to the Al-Majaydeh family.

Thaer Wael Al-Majaydeh was killed alongside his wife Islam Kulayb Arada Alshaer (Al-Majaydeh) and their two daughters, including a 3-year old daughter Masa Thaer Al-Majaydeh.

The cousins of the late Thaer –  Rana Al-Majayda, Eman Arad, and Ibrahim Al-Majayda, as well as other family members Muneer Al-Majaydeh, Sami Al-Majaydeh, Mustafa Almajaideh, and Ahmad Akkad – posted their heartfelt testimonies on Facebook, mourning the death of Thaer, his wife and children. Some tributes feature the pictures of Thaer, a smiling middle-aged man.

A teacher by profession, Saeed Mohammed Al-Majaydeh, whose Facebook profile was followed by 4,700 users, was also remembered by his relatives and friends. The Facebook tribute by his cousin Khaled Al-Majadeh noted that Saeed was a “decent, handsome, elegant, humble, smiling teacher” and mentioned his good character and qualities. He also uploaded an image showing a young smiling man in an elegant suit. The testimony by the Almajayda family also mourned the death of Saeed, noting that his funeral prayers would happen the next day at Nasser Medical Hospital.

Aida Mohammad posted on Facebook that 14 individuals were injured, while other sources, such as Shehab agency, put the injury count at six.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. According to the Facebook user Khaled Al-Majaydeh, the attack happened without a prior warning.

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

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 (4)

Thaer Wael Al-Majaydeh ثائر وائل المجايدة
33 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802615054
Islam Kulayb Arada Alshaer (Al-Majaydeh) اسلام كليب عرادة الشاعر المجايدة
27 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 401877642
Masa Thaer Al-Majaydeh ماسة ثاىر المجايدة
2 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 443043799
Saeed Mohammed Al-Majaydeh سعيد محمد المجايدة
male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (2 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–14
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

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    Source: Rana Al-Majayda
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    Source: Younis Al-Majaida
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    Source: Ibrahim Al-Majayda
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    Source: Fadel Sawali Abu-Salam facebook
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    Source: Fadel Sawali Abu-Salam facebook
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    Source: Sami Al-Majaydeh facebook
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    Source: Mustafa Almajaideh facebook
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    Source: Ahmad Akkad facebook
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    Source: Ahmad Al-Hayba facebook
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    Source: Khaled Al-Majadeh facebook
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    Source: Almajayda family facebook

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
  • (2 children1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6–14
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]