Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0264

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

محيط مقر الدفاع المدني, Vicinity of the Civil Defense Headquarters , Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.501690, 34.438913 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At dawn on Monday, October 16th, 2023, between four to seven civilians, including between four to six paramedics, were reportedly killed and several more injured when two alleged Israeli airstrikes hit an ambulance and the Civil Defense headquarters in the Tal al-Hawa neighbourhood southwest of in Gaza City.

Initially a Facebook user Ahmed Saleha reported that four humanitarian personnel were killed, sharing an image of a seriously injured man in the uniform stained with blood. Later the Palestinian refugee portal and other sources wrote that seven civilians were killed. It was reported by Al Arabiya news outlet that six of the those seven civilian casualties were also paramedics, and three were also members of the Civil Defense.

The Palestinian Refugee Portal added that “the Palestinian Red Crescent had confirmed that its vehicles could not move in front of Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza to respond to calls for response due to the intensity of the bombing”. Royanews.tv further corroborated that “dozens of citizens evacuated buildings and homes adjacent to the site of the bombing on Tal al-Hawa, due to the extensive damage it caused to their homes, in addition to the fear that homes and residential towers would be targeted at any moment”.

Al Jazeera also reported on the strike and reposted a video by the Red Crescent showing moments between two strikes: an ambulance with civilians, including a young girl and paramedics inside the ambulance, and moments later the sound of another airstrike, presumed to be at the Civil Defense Headquarters, is hear nearby. A video posted by Israa Hossam Salam on Facebook showed the aftermath of the strike where ambulance drivers recovered and recounted the event.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

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The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • (4–6 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

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    Source: Arabic
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    Source: Ahmed Saleha
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    Source: East Palestine
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    Source: Royanews.tv news
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Civil Defense Headquarters (مسجد بلال بن رباح) to the southwest of Gaza city (غزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.501690, 34.438913. 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
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • (4–6 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (14) [ collapse]