Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0157

Incident date

October 12, 2023

Location

جوار مدرسة الفرقان, Vicinity of Al Furqan School, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.488985, 34.445444 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 12th, 2023, eight civilians were killed, and others injured, in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Yassin family home near to the Al-Furqan school, south of the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in the north of the Gaza Strip. Several different news sources additionally stated that civilians had been wounded as a result of the strike, however an exact number was not specified.

Multiple local sources provided the names of eight of the civilians killed from the Yassin family: Ayman Hassan Yassin (47 years old), Umm Ahmed Yassin, Ahmed Ayman Yassin (22 years old), Mahmoud Ayman Yassin, Moamen Ayman Yassin (17 years old), Imad Ayman Yassin (16 years old), Hassan Ayman Yassin, Baraa Ayman Yassin (nine years old). Hay Zaytoun also identified Mahmoud Yassin “Abu Omar” as among those killed – it is unclear if this is the same Mahmoud as mentioned above.

On the 12th of October, several media outlets reported the airstrike. Shebab Agency posted a statement on X/Twitter that “a house belonging to the Yassin family was targeted near Al-Furqan School, south of Al- Zeytoun neighbourhood and there were martyrs and wounded”.

The Palestinian Information Center released an almost identical statement online, as did the Quds Feed Network, and Wattan News on the outlet’s website. However, Alkofiya News more specifically reported that “aircraft” had struck the Yassin family home, whilst a correspondent for Al-Ghad TV stated that “a number of children” had been killed as a result of the bombing.

Initially, the number of civilians killed in the airstrike was unclear with ‘Palestine Civil Defence’ stating via Facebook, at midday on the 12th October, that “rescue crews went to a house for the Yassin family that had been subjected to Israeli bombing”. Two hours later, the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood also posted a statement on its community Facebook page that “at least four” of those killed “were recovered in the targeting of a house for the Yassin family”.

During the early evening of the 12th of October, two relatives of the Yassin family, Abu Hassan Yassin and Mohamad Yassin, posted lists containing the eight names of their family members who were reported to have been killed in the strike on Facebook. Mohamad Yassin, in addition to the names of eight members of the Yassin family, posted family photos of those killed.

One Facebook user, Omar Effendi, on the 12th of October, posted a short video showing a body being carried from the rubble of the building which had been destroyed as a result of the strike.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strike to Israeli forces.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers, released on October 26th.

This incident may be a duplicated incident with case ISPT0016, which is currently under review.

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 local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

Ayman Hassan Yassin أيمن حسن ياسين
47 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 901319533
Umm Ahmed Yassin أم أحمد ياسين
Adult female killed
Ahmed Ayman Yassin أحمد أيمن ياسين
22 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 407016922
Mahmoud Ayman Yassin محمود أيمن ياسين
male killed
Moamen Ayman Yassin مؤمن أيمن ياسين
17 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424368439
Imad Ayman Yassin عماد أيمن ياسين
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 422330373
Hassan Ayman Yassin حسن أيمن ياسين
male killed
Baraa Ayman Yassin براء أيمن ياسين
9 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 432760874

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 9
  • (3–5 children1 woman2–5 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.
  • Impact
    Education
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Mohamad yasin
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    Source: Abu hassen
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    Source: Hay Zaytoun facebook
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    Source: @GazaMartyrs
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    Source: @GazaMartyrs
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    Source: @GazaMartyrs
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    Source: @lilearthquakess
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Furqan School (مدرسة الفرقان) to the west of Gaza city (غزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.488985, 34.445444. 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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    School
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8 – 9
  • (3–5 children1 woman2–5 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.
  • Impact
    Education
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (31) [ collapse]