Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0112

Incident date

October 11, 2023

Location

شارعالفجم, Alfjm Street, Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.343243, 34.325098 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least eight civilians, including eight members of the same family, were killed and a number of others were wounded when an alleged Israeli bomb hit the Samour family house on Al-Fajm Street, in the Bani Suhaila area, east of Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, on the evening of Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

Petra News reported that eight family members were killed, as well as a number of injured civilians. All were reportedly taken to Nasser Medical Hospital. Eight of the victims were identified by their family members as 62-year-old Rawhiya Muslim Sammour, 45-year-old Raafat Ibrahim Sammour, 35-year-old Assef Issa Sammour, his 37-year-old brother Musa Issa Sammour, Musa’s wife 31-year-old Hana Adel Al-Fajm. Three children, a 13-year-old boy named Ahmed Musa Sammour, a nine-year-old boy named Salem Musa Sammour, and a five-year-old girl named Ghazal Musa Salem Sammour were also among those killed.

Om Abdullah Hajras made a Facebook post mourning the death of her sister’s husband Abu Al-Abd Sammour; this is likely to be the nickname of one of the victims named above.

Al-Quds News reported on October 12th that there were 10 bodies believed to still be under the rubble. Airwars has not yet included these individuals in the casualty range, but will update the assessment should further information come to light.

Mahmoud Alraqeeb reported on Facebook that only three civilians were killed in the strike but all other sources, including the Samour family themselves, report at least eight were killed.

Al-Quds News reported that the bodies of the eight family members were quickly rescued from the rubble by rescue workers and were identified in the morgue by friends and relatives. The bodies of the Samour family were taken from the hospital, wrapped in burial shrouds and covered in a floral blanket, and placed in an empty square where hundreds of men prayed nearby.

@WWIIIAR claimed the strike took place without warning.

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 a belligerent, all sources attributed the strike to Israeli forces.

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 in the evening.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

Rawhiya Muslim Sammour روحية مسلم سمور
62 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 943591032
Raafat Ibrahim Sammour رافت ابراهيم سمور
45 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 900330812
Assef Issa Sammour عاصف عيسى سمور
35 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 800324022
Musa Issa Sammour موسى عيسى سمور
37 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801350364
Hana Adel Al-Fajm هنا عادل الفجم
31 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 803582071
Ahmed Musa Sammour احمد موسى سمور
13 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424516250
Salem Musa Sammour سالم موسى سمور
9 years old male killed
Ghazal Musa Salem Sammour غزل موسي سالم سمور
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 429735632

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (3 children2 women3 men)
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Alarabiya news
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    Source: Alarabiya news
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    Source: Om Abdullah hajras facebook
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    Source: Alarabiya facebook
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    Source: Alarabiya facebook
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    Source: Alarabiya facebook
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    Source: Alarabiya facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Mohanad Alkhatib facebook
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    Source: Brim family facebook
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    Source: Brim family facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Alfjm Street (شارعالفجم) east of Khan Younis (خان يونس), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.343243, 34.325098. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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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
    8
  • (3 children2 women3 men)
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]