Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0223

Incident date

October 15, 2023

Location

النصيرات, Nuseirat, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.450065, 34.392934 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least five people were killed, a woman and four children, and others injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Rahma home in Block 2 of the Nuseirat camp of the central Gaza Strip on October 15th, 2023.

29 year old Sana Tariq Nimr Al-Khalidi, married to an Abdul Karim, was killed along with her two young children: her seven year old daughter, Retaj Abdul Karim Abu Rahma, and her two year old son, Adam Abdel Karim Abu Rahma. Family members Musk Omar Abu Rahma, four years old, and less than a year old Eylul Omar Abu Rahma were also killed. An infant, described as “newborn,” was later discovered under the rubble of the destroyed home, and brought to the al-Aqsa hospital for treatment. This likely describes Eylul, who ultimately died from the strike.

Nemer Alkhaldi posted a memorial for his sister Sana and her children who were among those killed. Other friends and family posted images of the children, with one showing a little girl on a swing.

It is unknown how many others were injured in the strike, but sources on X alleged the injuries were numerous. @sokar_more claimed most of the people killed and injured were children which @elthwrah corroborated, adding that women were also killed. Initially, it had been reported that two people, not five, had been killed.

All 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 strike to the Israeli military.

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 (5)

Sana Tariq Nimr Al-Khalidi سناء طارق نمر الخالدي
29 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 400264438
Retaj Abdul Karim Abu Rahma ريتاج عبدالكريم ابو رحمة
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437266323
Adam Abdel Karim Abu Rahma آدم عبد الكريم ابو رحمة
2 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 442829883
Musk Omar Abu Rahma مسك عمر ابو رحمة
4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 441203965
Eylul Omar Abu Rahma أيلول عمر ابو رحمة
Less than 1 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 444132583

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (4 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 (24) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Safa news
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    Source: PalestineTV
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    Source: Samir
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    Source: Samir
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Nuseirat (النصيرات), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.450065, 34.392934. 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
    5
  • (4 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 (24) [ collapse]