Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0187C

Incident date

October 13, 2023

Location

بني سهيلا, Bani Suheila, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.342130, 34.325343 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 13th 2023, 16 year old Amani Musab Youssef Muhammad al-Raqab, 33 year old Nizam Saad Abdul Qadir al-Qara, and his one month old nephew Ibrahim Ammar Saad al-Qara were killed and eight others were injured by an alleged Israeli airstrike that hit the Qara family home in Bani Suhaila, east of Khan Yunis.

According to testimony from Mohammed Alqara Abu Saad, the brother of Nizam Saad Al-Qara and the uncle of Ibrahim Ammar Al-Qara, the family home was “bombed and completely destroyed.” The house was identified as belonging to Sheikh Saad Al-Qara.

The Rakab family Facebook page provided images of the funeral for “the young daughter of the family” Amani Musab Youssef Muhammad al-Raqab.

Yousef M Alqara posted a memorial for his cousin Nizam Saad Al-Qara who he described as “my heart. You were the best of men and the most peaceful and dignified”. The incident followed the death of another Qara family member, Nizam’s brother Abdul Qadir Saad Al-Qara, who passed away in an earlier incident a few days before.

A Safa correspondent reported that there were also up to eight injured in the incident.

Airwars has matched the names of the civilians 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 this incident has been graded as a single source claim as no other sources attributed the strike to Israel.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Nizam Saad Abdul Qadir Al-Qara نظام سعد عبدالقادر القرا
33 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802739623
Ibrahim Ammar Saad Al-Qara ابراهيم عمار سعد القرا
1 month years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444655393

The victims were named as:

Amani Musab Youssef Muhammad Al-Raqab اماني مصعب يوسف محمود الرقاب
16 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 425802030

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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

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Media
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Rakab family facebook
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    Source: Alqara family facebook
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    Source: Husam Alqara facebook
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    Source: Marina facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Sabreen Khaled facebook
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    Source: Afnan’s life facebook
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    Source: Youself M Alqara facebook
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    Source: Youself M Alqara facebook
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    Source: Omar Zedan facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Alqara Abu Saad facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Alqara Abu Saad facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Alqara Abu Saad facebook
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    Source: Hammam M Alqara facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Bani Suheila (بني سهيلا), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.342130, 34.325343. 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
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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]