Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0248

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

مخيم النصيرات, Nuseirat camp, 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

The morning of Monday, October 16th 2023, at least four civilians were killed – all members from the same family, an elderly woman and three children. At least three others were injured in the alleged Israeli airstrike on the home of Asaad Faraj Allah in Nuseirat camp, Gaza Strip.

Shehab Agency, FactjoTV, al Nour Radio and Palestine Today TV stated that there were injuries in the bombing, while Safa reported on the statement by the Ministry of the Interior which stated “4 martyrs, including 3 children, preliminary toll of occupation aircraft targeting the home of the Faraj Allah family in the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip.” Dhia Qadoura Qwaider added that a “number of injuries arrived at Al Awda Hospital.” Muhammad Abu al-Adnan, a relative of the family, mourned the deaths of the elderly Fatima Abdel Muti Farajallah, and her grandchildren, the children of her daughter Muselh al-Farajat, adding that the home was destroyed completely in the bombing, “demolishing the houses next to it.” He also stated that Fatima and her family had been displaced from another area. Mohamed Abo Safra listed the names of the three children killed – Laila Saeed Atta Abu Safra (4), her older sister Juri Saeed Atta Abu Safra (5), and her younger brother Amir Saeed Abu Safra (3), with sources on social media including images of the young children shrouded in white cloth, and adding that three injured people arrived at the al-Aqsa Hospital.

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 strikes to Israeli forces.

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The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Fatema Abdel Moati Faraj Allah فاطمة عبد المعطي فرج الله
58 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 962166773
Layla Said Ata Abo Safra ليلى سعيد عطا أبو صفرة
4 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 443120241
Jouri Said Ata Abo Safra جوري سعيد عطا أبو صفرة
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 440416337
Amir Said Ata Abo Safra جوري سعيد عطا أبو صفرة
3 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 445191588

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

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    Source: Muhammad Abu Al-Adnan
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    Source: Muhammad Abu Al-Adnan
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    Source: Muhammad Abu Al-Adnan

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
    4
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (28) [ collapse]