Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0187GC

Incident date

October 13, 2023

Location

مخيم البريج, Bureij camp, Deir Al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.437934, 34.403857 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Friday, October 13th 2023, at least 14 civilians were killed, all members of the Abu-Lashin family, including at least two women and at least five children and an infant, as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Abu Lashin family’s home in the Bureij camp. According to Safa news, the attack happened without prior warning.

According to a Facebook post by a family relative Talat abu Lasheen who lost his siblings with their children in the attack, the overall number of the deceased family members was 16. Fares Abu Lasheen also shared a tribute on Facebook to his family members:  “I swear to God, the 16 martyr of Al-Khobar broke our hearts”. The testimonies by family relatives and friends helped Airwars identify 14 victims killed in the strike.

A 48-year old Mohammed Subhi Abu-Lashin (Abu Muhannad)  was killed alongside his five children, namely, three sons: a 20-year old son Muhanad Mohammad Subhi Abu-Lashin, a 19-year old son Subhi Mohammed Subhi Abu-Lashin, and a 16-year old Mohammed Mohammed Subhi Abu-Lashin, and two daughters: a 13-year old Tala Mohammed Subi Abu-Lashin and a 4-year old Leyan Mohammed Subi Abu-Lashin.

In a Facebook testimony by Saeed Salem, the late Mohammed Abu-Lashin is seen in the picture as a smiling middle-aged man in a Reebok T-shirt. Radwan Al-Lulu paid a tribute to Mohammed Abu-Lashin in his post, having said that  “You have hurt our hearts, Muhammad Abu Lashin Abu Muhannad. May God have mercy on you and accept you”. A Facebook account of Bureij also mourned the death of Mohammed and his family: “The rise of one of the moons of the precious tower/ Muhammad Abu Lashin with his family”, having attached the image of Muhammad Abu Lashin in a yellow T-shirt and orange jacket. His children Mohammad, Tala and Leyan were remembered in a post by Abu Udai Abu Lasheen.

Another family member, a 55-year old Maher Subhi Mohammed Abu-Lashin who was apparently a brother of Mohammed Abu-Lashin was killed alongside his three children – a 22-year old son Alaa Al-Din Maher Sabehe Abu-Lashin, a 28-year old son Asaad (Usaid) Maher Subhi Abu Lashin and a 19-year old daughter Mariam Maher Sabhi Abu-Lashin.

A 28-year old Asaad Abu-Lashin lost his life alongside the lives of his 28-year-old wife Tahani Mohammed Al-Bardawil (Abu-Lashin) and their children – a 5-year old son Maher Asaad Abu-Lashin, a daughter Judi Asaad Maher Abu-Lashin whose age is unknown, and an infant daughter Ghazal Asaad Maher Abu-Lashin. A Facebook user Naser Abu Abdullah shared a video featuring the late Asaad, a smiling bearded young man, with his son and an infant daughter. Ghalak min ghala roohi also shared the images of Asaad and his children on Facebook, saying “May God have mercy on you, the joy of my heart, you, your children, and your wife.”

A friend of the late Tahani, Reema A Matar, expressed in a touching tribute her grief and despair: “My love, Toto, I was still talking to you yesterday🥺 You were still telling me yesterday that you couldn’t believe that your aunt and her daughters were gone! You went to them, my love, and took them to heaven 💔”.

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

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 local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (14)

Maher Subhi Abu-Lashin ماهر صبحي ابو لاشين
55 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 913703047
Alaa Abu Lashin علاء ابو لاشين
22 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 407164391
Mariam Abu-Lashin مريم ابو لاشين
19 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 420534349
Asaad Abu Lashin اسعد ابو لاشين
28 years old male Matched to MoH ID 400801338
Tahani Mohammed Al-Bardawil (Abu-Lashin) ( تهاني محمد البردويل ) " ابو لاشين"
28 years old female Matched to MoH ID 400529681
Maher Asaad Abu-Lashin ماهر اسعد ابو لاشين
5 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 440517910
Judi Asaad Maher Abu-Lashin جودي اسعد ماهر ابو لاشين
Child female killed
Ghazal Asaad Maher Abu-Lashin غزل اسعد ماهر ابو لاشين
Less than 1 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 444185136
Mohammed Subhi Abu-Lashin محمد صبحي ابو لاشين
48 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 900985128
Muhanad Subhi Abu-Lashin مهند صبحي ابو لاشين
20 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 408520062
Subhi Mohammed Subhi Abu-Lashin صبحي محمد صبحي ابو لاشين
19 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 420473472
Mohammed Mohammed Subhi Abu-Lashin محمد محمد صبحي ابو لاشين
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424676468
Tala Mohammed Subi Abu-Lashin تالا محمد صبحي ابو لاشين
13 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 431297845
Leyan Mohammed Subi Abu-Lashin ليان محمد صبحي ابو لاشين
4 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 441346277

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14 – 16
  • (5–6 children2 women6 men)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Ghalak min ghala roohi facebook
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    Source: Ghalak min ghala roohi facebook
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    Source: Ghalak min ghala roohi facebook
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    Source: Ghalak min ghala roohi facebook
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    Source: Fares Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Fares Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Fares Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Fares Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Fares Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Fares Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Saeed Salem facebook
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    Source: Abood K Shehada facebook
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    Source: Sameer Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Sameer Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Sameer Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Sameer Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Sameer Abu Lasheen facebook
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    Source: Radwan Al-Lulu facebook
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    Source: Bureij Facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Bureij camp (مخيم البريج), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.437934, 34.403857. 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
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    14 – 16
  • (5–6 children2 women6 men)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]