Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0242

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

جباليا, Jabalia, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.538711, 34.495107 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Monday, October 16th 2023, an alleged airstrike by Israeli forces on the home of the Zaher (Dhaher) family located east of Jabalia camp in the Gaza Strip reportedly killed at least eight family members, including two women and five children, and injured a number of others.

Facebook testimonies by Fatima Jaber and Amir Tariq Daher helped to ascertain the identities of the victims. Abdulaziz Muhammad Zaher was killed alongside his wife Umm Muhammad Hassan Zaher (Mansour) and their six children: a 22-year old daughter Dr. Maysaa Abdulaziz Muhammad Zaher, a 13-year old daughter Malak Abdulaziz Muhammad Zaher, an 11-year old daughter Mennat Allah Abdulaziz Muhammad Zaher, a 4-year old son Mahmoud Abdulaziz Muhammad Zaher, a 10-year old son Hassan Abdulaziz Muhammad Zaher, and a 1-year old son Anas Abdulaziz Muhammad Zaher.

Shehab agency, Jalazone Media Center and local social media users posted photographs of the heavy destruction and rubble left from the Zaher family house. A family relative Mustafa Zahir shared images of a funeral prayer for the family where dead bodies wrapped in white cloth stained with blood can be seen. A post by Facebook user Amir Tariq Daher contained a graphic image of a dead infant.

A tweet from @EekadFacts reported that a number of wounded resulted from the strike without specifying how many.

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 (8)

Abdulaziz Muhammad Dhaher عبد العزيز محمد ظاهر
52 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 912903705
Umm Muhammad Hassan Dhaher (Mansour) أم محمد حسن ضاهر
female killed
Dr. Maysaa Abdulaziz Dhaher ميساء عبد العزيز ظاهر
22 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 408376101
Malak Abdulaziz Dhaher ملاك عبد العزيز ظاهر
13 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 429688740
Mennat Allah Abdulaziz Dhaher منة الله عبد العزيز ظاهر
11 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 432340628
Mahmoud Abdulaziz Dhaher محمود عبد العزيز ظاهر
4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 441141413
Hassan Abdulaziz Dhaher حسن عبد العزيز ظاهر
10 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 434020962
Anas Abdulaziz Dhaher أنس عبد العزيز ظاهر
1 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444361927

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (5 children2 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

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: Mustafa Zahir
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    Source: Mustafa Zahir
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    Source: Oday Rafiq
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    Source: Aljazeera Mubasher Channel
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    Source: Jalazone Media Center
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    Source: Jalazone Media Center
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    Source: Jalazone Media Center
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    Source: Jalazone Media Center
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    Source: Amir Tariq Daher
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    Source: Amir Tariq Daher
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    Source: Alshareef Dr-Naim Thaher
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    Source: Alshareef Dr-Naim Thaher
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Jabalia (جباليا), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.538711, 34.495107. 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 harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (5 children2 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

Sources (13) [ collapse]