Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT031

Incident date

May 12, 2021

Location

شارع النزاز, Al Nazzaz Street, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.49805621, 34.47063922 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Street

Airwars assessment

Between one and two civilians were killed and three to four others, including a child, were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Al-Nazzaz Street in eastern Shujayya on May 12, 2021.

A tweet from @PalinfoAr reported: “two martyrs and 4 injured as a result of the Israeli bombing of a house for the Al-Naasan family in Al-Nazzaz Street”. However, @5br3ajel referred to the home as “belonging to the Abu Sakran family”.

@cuttietete put the toll from the bombing at “a martyr and 3 injured”.

@ibrahimalwadia named two of those killed: Ahmed Ibrahim Abu Sakran and Muhammad Nahed Abu Sakran.

B’Tselem collected testimony from Ibrahim Abu Sakran, 26, Ahmad’s son and Muhammad’s cousin: On 12 May 2021, I was sitting at the entrance to our house on a-Nizar Street in the neighborhood of a-Shuja’iyeh, talking with two friends – my cousin, Muhammad Nahed Abu Sakran, and my nephew, Muhammad Hashem Abu Sakran. The power was out and everything was dark. At around 8:30 P.M., my dad came out of the house and asked us to come inside so we wouldn’t get hurt. Just then, I heard a very loud explosion and the place filled with smoke and dust. I didn’t move. I heard parts of the building fall near us. A minute later, I saw Muhammad Nahed and Muhammad Hashem. They were lying on top of each other, bleeding. I got up and saw that I’d also hit been by shrapnel in the leg and chest. I looked behind me and saw my dad lying on the floor inside, covered in shrapnel and blood. He was drawing his last breaths. I tried to pick him up, but I was too badly injured. I called out to my brothers, who were inside the house. They picked me up and gave the wounded people first aid. Some neighbors took them away in their cars. After about 10 minutes, an ambulance arrived and I was put inside. I blacked out in the ambulance and woke up at a-Shifaa Hospital. I was X-rayed and they found shrapnel in my legs and chest. They also found a tear in my auditory nerve and a perforation in my right ear. I still can’t hear properly. At the hospital I asked after my father, my cousin and my nephew. The doctors told me they were okay and were being treated in the ER. I was sure they’d all been killed because they were so badly injured. During the bombing, I’d seen them looking at me, but they hadn’t been able to speak. About half an hour later, the doctors told that me that my father and Muhammad Nahed had been killed. I started shouting and blacked out. When I woke up, I got up because I wanted to see my father. Even though I was injured, I had to see him. But the doctors wouldn’t let me go because they weren’t done treating me. I went home that night because I couldn’t stand staying at the hospital. I wanted to be with my mother and sisters and the rest of the family. The next day, they brought my father and Muhammad Nahel in so we could say goodbye to them. A lot of people came. I cried when I saw them. I couldn’t hug them because of my condition. I said goodbye only by looking at them from afar.”

Fatah issued a statement mourning Ahmed and Muhammad Sakran but did not identify them as members of any groups.

Al Mezan gave details that “At 7:25pm, Israeli air forces fired one missile at the entrance of the house of Ahmad Ibrahim Ahmed Abu Al-Sakran, 64, on Al-Nazzaz Street in eastern Shujayya in the east of Gaza City. The attack coincided with the assembly of a group of people near the targeted house as they awaited the call to prayer to break their fast. The owner, Ahmad, was killed in the attack, as was Mohammed Nahed Jaber Abu Al-Sakran, 24. Ali Hisham Ahmed Abu Al-Sakran, 8, was also reportedly critically injured in the attack.

A post from Mosab Jamal Abo Sakran on Facebook added that the strikes were carried out “without warning”.

All of the sources that attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

The incident occured at 7:25 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Image of home in Shejaiya neighborhood bombed by Israeli forces on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @Paldf)
  • Ibrahim Abu Saktan, injured in strikes on the a-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by B'Tselem)
  • Image of Muhammad Nahed Abu Sakran, killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Al-Nazzaz Street in Gaza on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by B'Tselem)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a house being struck on Al Nazzaz Street (شارع النزاز) in the Shujaeya neighorhood (حي الشجاعيه) for which the coordinates are: 31.49805621, 34.47063922. Due to the limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (26) [ collapse]