Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0199

Incident date

October 14, 2023

Location

منزل عيد في مخيم البريج, Eid family house in the Block 9 of Al Bureij camp, Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

Around 23:00 on Saturday, October 14th 2023, an Israeli airstrike on the Eid family house located in the Block 9 of Al Bureij camp in the central Gaza Strip killed the alleged Hamas leader Moataz (Muetaz) Eid and reportedly injured three civilian members of his family.

Israel Defense Forces declared the killing of Muetaz Eid in an official statement: “In one strike, leveraging ISA and IDF intelligence, the IDF neutralized Muetaz Eid, the Commander of the Hamas Southern District of National Security.”

Nabd news reported that there were martyrs after the strike on the Eid family house in Al-Bureij, which may indicate that there was another death in addition to the Hamas leader. Airwars has therefore added a minimum civilian fatality estimate of one. Safa news reported about three injured people in the strike. According to the Twitter/X post by @mahmoudmmg11, the family of Moataz Eid “was under the rubble”.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. The Israeli military confirmed the strike, but did not report about any potential civilian casualties caused by it.

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The incident occured at approximately 11:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

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Media
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Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

Israel continues striking Hamas targets in the Strip based on intelligence reports, and currently continues to press ahead with the fighting.

The IDF is calling on the population of Gaza to evacuate toward the south. Thus far, 600,000 Gazans have been evacuated.

Hamas is preventing Gazans from evacuating, and is hiding behind the local population, embedding itself in residential neighborhoods and jeopardizing the lives of the Gazan population.

The IDF's main mission remains to dismantle Hamas, and is targeting its chief political and militant operatives.

Yesterday, the IDF struck about 250 military targets, primarily in Northern Gaza. Overnight the Israeli Air Force struck dozens of targets overnight including Hamas operatives, operational compounds, military infrastructure, military observation posts, rocket launch sites and more.

In one strike, leveraging ISA and IDF intelligence, the IDF neutralized Muetaz Eid, the Commander of the Hamas Southern District of National Security.

IDF troops neutralized terrorists in the area surrounding the Gaza Strip on three separate occasions. This included one encounter with two terrorists that had anti-tank weapons near Nahal Oz, one encounter with a terrorist near Nir Am and an UAV strike on a terrorist cell identified last night near Kissufim.

IDF engineering work has been completed on breaches in the security fence.

Defense of the region continues to be augmented by tanks, infantry and aerial support.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

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