Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0134e

Incident date

October 11, 2023

Location

خزاعة, Khuza’a, Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.307314, 34.360372 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Wednesday, October 11th 2023, an elderly civilian male, Haji Muslim Mahmoud Ahmad Qadeeh (Abu Ayesh) (78) was injured in his home in Khuza’a, Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, and later died from his injuries on October 13th. Sources did not specify how Muslim Qudayh Abu Ayesh received his injuries.

Many family members and friends mourned his death on social media and posted pictures of him.  Adham Shanino posted on Facebook “May God have mercy on your soul, my grandfather, Muslim Qadeeh Abu Ayesh. To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. A martyr who refused to leave my village, Khuza’a, until he ascended to heaven”, sharing an image of the victim, an elderly smiling man in traditional clothing.

Majeb Diyab Qudaih wrote on Facebook that his funeral took place on the same day he died, and shared images with people praying over the elderly victim’s body wrapped in a shroud, with the caption “The funeral of the body of our martyr, Hajj Muslim Qadeeh Abu Ayesh, took place a short while ago/ He rose while he was at his home in our town, Khuza’a.” The grandson of Abu Ayesh wrote on Facebook that he was unwilling to leave his home village after Israeli forces allegedly “threatened to evacuate the town.”

Sourced did not identify the belligerent, but Airwars has matched the name of the civilian killed with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023, which explicitly mentions that names on the list are “victims of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip”. Therefore, the Strike Status for this incident has been graded as a Single Source Claim and the Civilian Harm Status was graded as Fair.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Muslim Mahmoud Qudayh Abu Ayesh مسلم محمود قديح أبو عايش
78 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 950040410

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Louai Qadeeh
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    Source: Louay Qudaih
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    Source: Abdelrahman Shnaino
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    Source: Rizq Qudayh
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    Source: Musa Walid Ashnino
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    Source: Mohammed W Shnino
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    Source: Majed Diyab Qudaih
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Khuza’a (خزاعة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.307314, 34.360372. 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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]