Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0140

Incident date

October 12, 2023

Location

شارع النزهة, Al Nuzha Street, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.526878, 34.488227 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At around 4 a.m. on Thursday October 12th 2023, at least fifteen people were reportedly killed and dozens of civilians, including at least five children depicted in images, were injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on a house belonging to the Al-Mutawaq family, located on Al-Nuzha street in Jabalia Al-Balad, in the north of the Gaza strip. According to Palestine Post News, the attack happened in the morning without a prior warning.

Shehab Agency initially reported that injuries as well as possible deaths were sustained from the strike. This early report was followed by an update that 15 people had been killed. Palestine Post stated that the alleged strike had resulted in “dozens of injuries and severe damage to the surrounding homes”. Several other news outlets and journalists, including the Al-Ghadeer News Network, GazaNews_BRK, Alhaya.ps, and Safa Agency, also reported 15 deaths.

A journalist, Ahmad Alabrash, posted an update on the incident on Facebook, attaching an image of a severely injured child: “I am now in the Indonesian hospital. There is no description of the horror of the two massacres in Jabalia against the Al-Mutawaq and Shihab family”. A Facebook user, Abo Yazan Abd Alla, shared disturbing pictures of the injured young children being carried to a hospital.

Where sources identified the 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 at approximately 4:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

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    Source: Ahmad Alabrash
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    Source: Abo Yazan Abd Alla
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    Source: Abo Yazan Abd Alla
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    Source: Abo Yazan Abd Alla
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    Source: Abo Yazan Abd Alla

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Al Nuzha Street (شارع النزهة) in Jabalia (جباليا), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.526878, 34.488227. 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
    15
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (19) [ collapse]