Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0106

Incident date

October 11, 2023

Location

خان يونس, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.346149, 34.303899 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Wednesday October 11 2023, at least one but possibly up to 12 civilians were killed and dozens injured after Israeli forces allegedly bombed the Abu Mustafa family house in the al-Maskar area, west of the town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.

WA105FM stated that “a martyr and a number of injuries arrived at Nasser Medical Complex as a result of the (bombing)”, and that there still remained a “large number of casualties, some of them martyrs under the rubble”. The incident was also reported on by Al Mezan, with Shankit TV also reporting that “the occupation targeted with its warplanes a house in the camp area west of Khan Yunis, and medical sources reported that about 12 martyrs and dozens of wounded were reported.” As it is not clear from this source whether these 12 civilians were killed in this house or in another house given the intensity of bombardment, and there was little other confirmation of the higher fatality estimate, this figure has only been included in Airwars’ upper casualty range.

Only one source identified the belligerent as the Israeli military, therefore Airwars qualified the strike status as “single source claim”. However, since multiple sources reported on civilian harm, the “civilian harm grading” has been qualified as fair.

WA105FM said that the attack came without warning.

The incident occurred at approximately midnight local time.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 12
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (3) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Khan Younis (خان يونس), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.346149, 34.303899. 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 12
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–24
  • 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 (3) [ collapse]