Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0200

Incident date

October 14, 2023

Location

الزوايدة, Az Zawayda, Central Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.429871, 34.370784 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the evening of Saturday, October 14th 2023, at least 16 civilians, almost all women and children, were killed and others were injured by an alleged Israeli airstrike on the al-Houssana family house in al-Zuwaiyda, in the central Gaza Strip.

According to several posts on Facebook by family members, the following names of the victims are known: the matriarch of the family, grandmother Um Ahman was killed, along with her daughter in law, 45-year-old Lina Halasa. Lina’s children, 21-year-old Marah Halasa, 19-year-old Besan Halasa, and her 7- or 8-year-old son, Omar Halasa were also killed. Um Ahman’s other grandchildren, siblings 10-year-old Yusra Halasa, 8-year-old Sham Halasa, 16-year-old Asmaa Halasa, and Amina Halasa were also killed. A daughter-in-law, 28-year-old Islam Halasa, married to her son Ahmad, was killed. Islam’s son, 3-year-old Shaban Halasa was killed, as was her 1-year-old infant daughter, Narowz Halasa. Others, Aya Khamis Hassouna (25), Sharif Ata Hassouna, 5-year-old Sharif Ashraf Hassouna, and Nili Hassouna (wife of “Sharif Ata Hassouna”) were also killed.

According to a Facebook post by Ammar Dwaik, Hassan Halasa, the husband of Lina and father of Marah, Besan, and Omar, and only surviving member of the immediate family, works for the Khan Younis office of the Independent Commission for Human Rights as a researcher. Hassan’s colleagues, in remembering his family, called on “the United Nations and actors in the international community to stop this aggression and deliberate targeting of civilians by the Israeli occupation army, and to provide protection for them.”

Sherine Halasa shared on Facebook her grief for the death of her friend Besan Halasa, who was studying to be a doctor, and in her third year of medical school. In a heartfelt post she asks “What did she do to kill her, her mother, her sister, and her brother?” According to Sherine, Besan and her brother Omar were “always with each other, loved ones, their souls are attached to each other”. Besan’s best friend Dalia told The Independent that Besan “deserves life more than all of us. Besan is a 19-year-old girl who just loved life. A dreamy, ambitious, intelligent, kind girl who loves us and we love her. She loves all things.” Besan’s teacher Dr Belal Aldabbour wrote on X: “I mourn my student Bisan, a future doctor whose life was cut too short.”

In a Facebook post from Besan posted earlier this year, months before her death, she mourned the loss of her friend’s brother and wrote of her pain in living in the region: “Life in Gaza is unbearable. Everything here is unfit for life and every event here is painful. Our days are only nightmares, there is no life on this earth.” Later, in a post she wrote soon before her death, Besan said, “I have dreams I have not yet fulfilled,” and a “life that I have not fully lived.” Just two days before she was killed, Besan also mourned the loss of her teacher Dr. Al-Fadil Mohamed Al-Dafour.

In another post Sherine remembered Marah Halasa, a recent graduate who loved to draw and paint:, “Have fun, we will miss you a lot, I swear. We are going to come and congratulate you on your graduation. What should I do with the gift I brought you?”

Farid Hassouna posted a condolence message for the death of six members of the Hassouna family. However, researchers only found the names of four members of the family.

Multiple local sources including @PalinfoAr reported that “injuries” resulted from the strike but did not specify how many. Images posted by Ahmed Shawy show family members and friends mourning those killed whose bodies were wrapped in white and buried.

The Al-Bureij official page posted on Facebook that the strike occurred opposite the entrance to Al-Maghazi. The Phoenix Bird reported that four members of the Hassouna family and their relatives had left their home in the Al-Shujaiya neighborhood in North Gaza to escape bombing and were staying with family when the strike occurred.

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 incident occured in the evening.

The victims were named as:

Family members (12)

Um Ahmad أم أحمد حلاسة
Adult female killed
Lina Halasa لينا حلاسة
45 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 976703934
Marah Halasa مرح حلاسة
21 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 407941863
Bisan Halasa بيسان حلاسة
19 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 409101698
Omar Halasa عمر حلاسة
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 436073381
Yusra Halasa يسرى حلاسة
10 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433513645
Sham Halasa شام حلاسة
8 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 435971858
Asmaa Halasa أسماء حلاسة
16 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 424742336
Amina Halasa آمنة حلاسة
female killed
Islam Halasa (Mushtaha) زوجة أحمد
28 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 400815775
Shaban Halasa شعبان حلاسة
3 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 442897666
Narowz Halasa نورز حلاسة
1 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 444389373

Family members (4)

Aya Khamis Hassouna أية خميس حسونة
25 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 403307341
Sharif Ashraf Hassouna شريف أشرف حسونة
5 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 440525681
Sharif Ata Hassouna شريف عطا حسونة
61 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 903225555
Nili Hassouna نيلي حسونة
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    16 – 18
  • (7–8 children7–8 women1 man)
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

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    Source: @PalinfoAr
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    Source: @PalinfoAr
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    Source: @PalinfoAr
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    Source: Reda Al-Shuwaikhi
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    Source: Al Jazeera -
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: Ahmed Shawy
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    Source: phoenix phoenix
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    Source: Ammar Dwaik
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Al-Zawaida Youth Sports Club
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    Source: Yaser Yousef
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: Sherine Halasa
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    Source: @KashifMD
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    Source: The Independent News
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    Source: The Independent News
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Az Zawayda (الزوايده‎). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Az Zawayda are: 31.429871, 34.370784.

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
    16 – 18
  • (7–8 children7–8 women1 man)
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

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