Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0215

Incident date

October 15, 2023

Location

محيط مفرق الغافري, Vicinity of al Ghafri Junction, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.524154, 34.461848 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One woman and three young children were reportedly killed and at least two people were injured on Sunday, October 15th, 2023, when an alleged Israeli airstrike hit the home of the Ramlawi family in the vicinity of al-Ghafri junction on al-Jalaa street in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip. Multiple sources describe the house being destroyed and this can be seen in photos posted by Gaza Alkhabr, among other sources. This incident was covered by a number of news sources.

The strike reportedly claimed the lives of one woman and her children. Alaa Maher Al Ramlawi, also known as Umm Suhaib, was killed along with her two sons – Suhaib Al Ramlawi and Jamal Al Din Al Ramlawi, and her daughter Nada Al Ramlawi.

The sources did not mention an exact number of those injured, however, photos from the incident show at least two men being treated for injuries and @ShehabAgency described “serious injuries” resulting from the strike. This observation is reflected in the civilian casualty range for this incident.

Heartfelt tributes to Alaa and her children were posted on Facebook by family members Wafa Nasrallah, Mohamed H El Sarraj, Omar Maher and Wafa Mohamed. The tribute by Omar Maher included photos of Alaa and her children (who appear to be young) as well as a video of a small water well with a sign dedicating the well to Alaa’s memory. A post by Aldakhleea Palestinian was also accompanied by photographs of civil defence and medical service crews searching the rubble for victims and treating people with injuries.

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 (4)

Alaa Al Ramlawi الاء الرملاوي
Adult female killed
Suhaib Al Ramlawi صهيب الرملاوي
male killed
Jamal Al Din Al Ramlawi جمال الدين الرملاوي
male killed
Nada Al Ramlawi ندى الرملاوي
female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • 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

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

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    Source: Gaza alkhabr
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    Source: Sawt felasttin
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    Source: @Zekaa15
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    Source: @FXe101
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    Source: @PalN
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Aldakhleea Palestinian
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    Source: Omar Maher
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    Source: Omar Maher
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    Source: Omar Maher

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of al Ghafri Junction (مفرق الغافري) to the west of Gaza city (عزبة بيت حانون). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.524154, 34.461848.

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  • Imagery:
    Gaza alkhabr

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
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • 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

Sources (29) [ collapse]