Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0299

Incident date

October 17, 2023

Location

دير البلح, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.418995, 34.349442 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the morning of Tuesday, October 17th 2023, an Israeli airstrike allegedly hit a residential building belonging to Abu issa family in Deir al-Balah, a town in the Central Gaza Strip around 14 kilometers south of Gaza City. Local media sources reported that a number of civilians were killed and injured, citing the Ministry of Interior in Gaza. The Palestinian Press Agency SAFA wrote that the victims of the strike were transferred from the place of the strike to Al-Aqsa Hospital in the governorate.

No additional information was available about the number of victims and their identities.

Only one original source reported on the resulting civilian harm from the alleged Israeli airstrike, therefore Airwars has graded the civilian harm status as “weak”.

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The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Deir al Balah (دير البلح), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.418995, 34.349442. 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
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (6) [ collapse]