Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0255

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

جوار محطة بنزين الراضي, Vicinity of Radi Petrol Station, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.454369, 34.379306 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Monday, 16 October 2023, at least five civilian members of the Dr. Fakhri Radi family, including two women and three children, were killed, and large number of civilians were reportedly injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Radi family’s home located behind the Radi Petrol Station in the west of the Nuseirat camp in the Gaza Strip.

Mieylam Media quoted the Ministry of the Interior in Gaza, confirming that there were “martyrs and wounded in an Israeli bombing of the Radi family home”. Wafa news reported that a “number of martyrs were killed and dozens were wounded in an Israeli raid on a house for the Radi family.”

According to a Facebook user Maysoon Diab Awad and the Palestinian refugee portal, the house belonged to Dr. Fakhri Radi, the head of the Humanities Department at al-Ummah University. Local sources indicated that he survived the bombing along with some of his children and his wife Rabab Rayan – however, members of his family, including his other wife alongside his four-year old daughter Zeinab Fakhri Sabri Radi, were killed. Dr. Radi’s brother-in-law Ali Rayan wrote a condolence message on Facebook for him, mourning the loss of his wife and daughter.

A family relative Rana Radi mourned the death of two boys, an eight-year old Zaid Sabri Musleh Radi and a six-year old Hamza Sabri Musleh Radi. She attached an image of the deceased children, her “beloved smiling birds of paradise”, sitting on the coach and smiling.

A Facebook user Amna and Radi shared a condolence message for his/her aunt Asmahan Radi who was also a victim of the attack.  Sources did not specify the names or details of any of those injured, and it is unclear if Dr. Fakhri Radi or his surviving wife and children were among the injured.

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 belligerents all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Dr. Fakhri Radi's wife
Adult female killed
Zeinab Fakhri Sabri Radi
4 years old female Dr. Fakhri Radi's child killed Matched to MoH ID 438390023
Zaid Sabri Musleh Radi
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435810270
Hamza Sabri Musleh Radi
6 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 438488637
Asmahan Radi
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Source: Rana Radi

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Radi Petrol Station (جوار محطة بنزين الراضي) to the west of Nuseirat (النصيرات), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.454369, 34.379306. 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
  • (3 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]