Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT025

Incident date

May 12, 2021

Location

شارع الشعف, Al Shafa Street, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.5044578, 34.474228 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed and three others, including a child, were injured in alleged Israeli strikes on Al-Sha’af Street in the east of the Al-Tuffah neighborhood on May 12, 2021. Al Qassam Brigades identified that a combatant was also killed in the strike, a “Mujahid Qassami”.

A tweet from @Reemjihad1 identified that “a civilian car was targeted in Al-Sha`f neighborhood, east of #Gaza leading to 1 martyr.” However, El Watan News increased the number to “an elderly man and another citizen were martyred”.

@qudsn named “Izz Al-Din Helles was killed and his father and brother were seriously injured after his car was bombed” and @OmarElQattaa added that “a number of injuries arrived at Al-Shifa Medical Complex”. @palsawa put the number of injured at three.

Al Qassam Brigades confirmed that Izz Al-Din Helles was a member of the militant group in their report which stated “On the path of jihad, life becomes sweeter – Izz Al-Din Muhammad Abdullah Helles.”

According to @A7med_Bulbul, Izz Al-Din was 35 years old and his injured brother is Ashraf. Pal times 2015 posted about “the injury of a 47-year-old man, a resident of Shejaiya, and his 17-year-old son, to the Al-Shifa compound,” which seems to refer to Ashraf and his son. A Facebook post by Welliam.shahwan added that the car struck belonged to Dr. Ashraf Helles and his son was injured along with him and Ezzedine’s father.

Al Mezan gave specific details that “at 2:15pm on 12 May 2021, Israeli air forces fired two missiles onto a car driving down Al-Sha’af Street in the east of the Al-Tuffah neighborhood”.

All of the sources that attributed the strikes to a responsible party identified Israel as carrying out the strikes. The IDF confirmed they carried out this attack, reporting that “15:28 – An IDF aircraft attacked a vehicle carrying a squadron of Hamas terrorist launchers from the Sajaiya Battalion.”

The incident occured at 14:15:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Ashraf Helles 47 years old male Brother of Ezzedine injured
  • Father of Ezzedine Helles Adult male killed
  • Son of Ashraf Helles 17 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

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Media
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  • Damage caused by the alleged Israeli strikes on the Sha`af neighborhood on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @OmarElQattaa)
  • Damage caused by the alleged Israeli strikes on the Sha`af neighborhood on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @OmarElQattaa)
  • Damage caused by the alleged Israeli strikes on the Sha`af neighborhood on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
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  • Image of a Palestinian militant, Ezzedine Helles, identified as a member of Al Qassam, killed in strikes on the Sha`af neighborhood on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Abo Zaher Hales via Facebook)
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    A video of the moment Dr. Ashraf Helles' car was targeted on Al Sha'af Street, knowing that his brother was martyred and his son and father were injured in the bombing
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    # Video of a martyr targeting a civilian car in Al-Sha`f neighborhood, east of Gaza
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  • Image of Ezzedine Helles, killed in strikes on the Sha`af neighborhood on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Ibn Al Balad via Facebook)
  • Izza Al-Din Muhammad Abudullah Helles, allegedly killed by an Israeli forces' restaurant

Geolocation notes (5) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck on Al Shafa (الشعف) Street, within the neighborhood of Al Tuffah (التفاح ). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources we have narrowed down the location of this strike to these exact coordinates: 31.5044578, 34.474228.

  • Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck on Al Shafa (الشعف) Street, within the neighborhood of Al Tuffah (التفاح ).

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Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

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15:28 - An IDF aircraft attacked a vehicle carrying a squadron of Hamas terrorist launchers from the Sajaiya Battalion.


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Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (32) [ collapse]