Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0102p

Incident date

October 10, 2023

Location

منزل عائلة خلف في عمارة بابل شارع المؤسسات, Babel Building in Al Mouasasat Street (Institutions street) close to the port, Gaza city, Gaza City, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On Tuesday October 10th 2023, at least seven civilians, including three journalists, were killed, and at least one civilian was injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Babel building in al Mouasasat Street (Institution Street) close to the port in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip.

According to a Facebook post by Saeleem Hosny, a “group of journalists and a group of neighbors were killed, and many people were injured.” A neighbour, Abdul Abu Malik, wrote on Facebook that the “number of martyrs and wounded rose” and that some people were still missing after the strike. More than a month later, on November 30, 2023, a Twitter/X user Magda Gad wrote that “ten people were killed in the attack on the building, including three journalists, referring to the testimony of Bilal Abu Hatzira who rescued bodies from the ruins that night.

Muhammad Haboush posted the names of five victims of the attack belonging to three different families on Facebook, adding that “with hearts that believe in God’s will and destiny, I extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to my neighbors.” Islam Mahfouz Khalaf, 42, was killed together with his younger brother Muhammed Mahfouz Khalaf, 28. Ibrahim, the father-in-law of the late Islam, revealed that Islam was survived by his pregnant wife Rola, their daughter Taghreed and son Majd, posting on social media: “I searched among the vocabulary for words to say to my pregnant daughter, Rola, and her eldest daughter, Taghreed, and to her son, Majd, Sons of Islam, but I lost the vocabulary.. I lost the words.. I lost the letters.. I was trapped. Tears fell.”

Majdy Anan wrote in a Facebook testimony: “My cousin’s children were martyred today, Islam Khalaf and Muhammad Khalaf”, sharing the images of the two young men, one in a brown jacket and other in a Palestinian scarf.  Raed M Khalaf also paid a tribute to the two deceased brothers who were his cousins.

Among the victims killed in the attack were Brigadier General Hani Issa Hasouna (Abu Hassam) and his nephew, an engineer Shadi Suhail Hassouna. The Haboush Family shared a testimony on Facebook, extending  “deepest condolences and sympathy to the honorable Hassouna family on the martyrdom of their sons”.

Hani Issa Hasouna was remembered in Facebook posts by his nephew Nemer Alrubaei and by his friend Abdul Qadir Idris. The latter shared an image of a grey-haired man in glasses standing in front of microphones. Abu Qadir Idris also shared in his post that Hani Hassouna was a member of the Prisoner’s Committee of the National and Islamic forces, and a Leader of the Popular Front General Command. Based on this information Airwars identified the late Hani Issa Hasouna as a militant.

Hani’s nephew, engineer Shadi Suhail Hassouna appeared in the images as a smiling middle-aged man in front of the mosque. According to Ali Rezeq Nijim, Hani’s son Hossam Hassouna was injured in the bombing.

One more victim of the attack was a young 27 year old man, Raafat al-Hato. His death was also mourned on social media, with his brother and friend Mohammed Abo Qass sharing that Raafat “had a beautiful smile and a kind heart.” Indeed the late Raafat appears on the images as a smiling athletic bearded man. Mohandessin Coffee Shop wrote in its Facebook tribute that “with all verses of glory, pride and pride, we mourn our martyr, the martyr of the Battle of Al-Aqsa Flood, the heroic martyr / Raafat Tawfiq Al-Hato.”

On 10 October, the PJS said in a statement that three Palestinian journalists  – Said Al-Tawil, director of Al-Khamisa news agency, photojournalist Mohammed Sobboh, and photographer Hisham Al-Nawahjh for Khabar news agency in Gaza, were all killed by an Israeli airstrike that hit a residential building near Gaza City’s fishing port. Local authorities said that the three reporters were covering the evacuation of a residential building nearby, when the missile struck.

Saleem Hosny reported that while residents in the area were warned of a bombing on Burj Hajji, the bombing of the Babel building in the same street came without warning, “in a surprise move.” Facebook user Rushdi Aleeb wrote in a post  that the Babel building was “razed to the ground”, sharing the pain of his loss: “My house, my life, and my money were completely destroyed.” He shared apocalyptic pictures and a video of the rubble left from what used to be the Babel building.

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. Numerous local sources indicated that the attack happened without a prior warning.

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 (2)

Islam Mahfouz Khalaf اسلام محفوظ خلف
42 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 931666499
Muhammed Mahfouz Khalaf محمد محفوظ خلف
28 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 400848875

Family members (2)

Shadi Hassouna شادي حساونة
male killed
Housam Hassouna حسام حسونة
male injured

The victims were named as:

Raafat al-Hato رافت توفيق الحتو
27 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 401159256

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 9
  • (7 men3 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–10
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Mohannad Qita Al Majed
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    Source: Hanan Jamil Alrefi
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    Source: Rushdi Adeeb
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    Source: Rushdi Adeeb
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    Source: Majdy Anan
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    Source: Majdy Anan
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    Source: Ibrahim Abu Al-Sheikh
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    Source: Ibrahim Abu Al-Sheikh
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    Source: Raed M Khalaf
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    Source: Saleem Hosny
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    Source: Saleem Hosny
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    Source: Saleem Hosny
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    Source: Saleem Hosny
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    Source: Saleem Hosny
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    Source: Nemer Alrubaei
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    Source: Nemer Alrubaei
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    Source: Muhammad Haboush
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    Source: Muhammad Haboush
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    Source: Muhammad Haboush
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    Source: Muhammad Haboush
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    Source: Muhammad Haboush
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    Source: Haboush Family
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    Source: Haboush Family
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    Source: Abdul Qadir Idris
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    Source: Abu Musab Al-Sufi
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    Source: Saeed Alsharef
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    Source: Mohammed Abo Qass
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    Source: Mohammed AL Azaiza
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    Source: Osama Mashhour Al-Wahidi
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    Source: Osama Mashhour Al-Wahidi
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    Source: Mohandessin Coffee Shop
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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
    7 – 9
  • (7 men3 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–10
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (24) [ collapse]