Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0149

Incident date

October 12, 2023

Location

برج G6، أبراج مدينة حمد, Tower G6, Hamad Town Towers, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.377384, 34.318570 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

During the evening of Thursday, October 12th 2023, up to four Palestinian civilians, including a four-month old girl, were killed and from eight to 25 civilians were injured as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike on a residential apartment building in the Hamad Towers in the town of Hamad, in Khan Yunis in the Southern Gaza Strip.

Over a dozen local news outlets quoted medical sources as saying that four civilians, including a four months old infant, were killed in the Israeli airstrike on the third floor of Tower G6 in “Hamad Town Towers”.

Videos posted by local citizens on Facebook show the moment the bodies of two of the killed civilians and eight injured civilians arrived at Nasser Hospital complex. Saba.ye news reported that up to 25 civilians were injured as a result of this attack that happened without a prior warning. Journalist Adel Zourob also posted a video where injured women and children arrived at a hospital.

According to Ahmad S Abu Hashem, the apartment belonged to Professor Hamed Al-Sanwar, an Arabic language teacher at Abu Dhabi Secondary School in the 1980s, who was killed in the airstrike along with his daughter and other relatives. Based on the context, it seems likely that Hamed’s daughter was the 4 month old girl. Ahmad S Abu Hashem wrote on Facebook: “News circulated about the martyrdom of our colleague, Professor Hamed Al-Sanwar. (…), his daughter and a number of his relatives in the bombing of his house in Gaza yesterday. May God have mercy on him and grant him paradise.”

Further local activists and news reporters, such as Elbalad News, Gaza News Network or News Around the World reported that Professor Hamed Al-Sinwar was the brother of the head of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Al-Sanwar. Hebrew news agency Beit Awwa confirmed that: “an Israeli army plane recently bombed the apartment of Hamed Al-Sanwar, brother of Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Al-Sanwar, in Khan Yunis, and there were reports of injuries at the place.” Beit Awwa did not report any casualties.

Al-Astal Family Website also reported about the death of young man, Muhammad Kamal Muhammad Ayesh al-Astal, in the strike, but it is unclear whether he was related to the late Professor Hamed Al-Sanwar. His cousin Ibraheem Mustafa Al-Astal wrote a Facebook testimony mourning the loss of his dear one and other local sources posted information to attend the funeral of Muhammad.

Airwars was able to find Muhammad al-Astal’s name among the list of names published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health on October 26th; his ID is listed below.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes 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 (2)

Hamed Al-Sanwar حامد السنوار
Adult male killed
Daughter of Hamed Al-Sanwar حامد السنوار
4 months years old female killed

The victims were named as:

Muhammad Kamal Muhammad Ayesh al-Astal محمد كمال محمد عايش الأسطل
44 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 903511905

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–25
  • 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 (52) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Mohammed Refat Farhat
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    Source: Omar Samy
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    Source: Al Refai Muntasir
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    Source: Mohammad Jihad
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    Source: Mohammad Jihad
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    Source: Khan Yunis City
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    Source: @NsarHlal66312
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    Source: @Ibrahemsamy
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    Source: Alquds
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    Source: Rafah Service Official Page
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    Source: Rafah Service Official Page
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    Source: Rafah Service Official Page
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a strike on a residential apartment in the Hamad Town Towers (أبراج الندى) in Khan Younis (خان يونس). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.377384, 34.318570

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  • Imagery:
    Rafah Service Official Page

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
    3 – 4
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–25
  • 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 (52) [ collapse]