Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0318

Incident date

October 18, 2023

Location

جوار مستشفى الشفاء, Vicinity of the al Shifa Hospital, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.52417, 34.44417 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Around 11:15 in the morning of Wednesday, 18th October 2023, Israeli forces allegedly conducted an airstrike on the Haboush family home located behind al-Shifa medical hospital near the Gaza port, in the north of the Gaza Strip, killing at least 32 identified members of the extended Haboush family, including at least nine women and at least 18 children. The strike reportedly killed up to 40 family members and injured dozens of them. Among the victims killed in the deadly strike were two mothers, each of whom was killed alongside her five children.

Initial reports by Shehab Agency and Safa News stated that between 12 and 18 members of the Haboush family were killed in the airstrike, with dozens more remaining missing under the rubble. Numerous images have been shared by Awdeh Channel and Facebook user Paradise, depicting the completely destroyed building and a rescue operation in search for those trapped under the rubble. Al Arabiya Palestine and Khabar24 shared heartbreaking videos showing the attempts to rescue people from the rubble. General Directorate of Military Medical Services shared images of the ambulance and emergency crews in dealing with the martyrs and injured where injured people on strechers can be seen.

A social media testimony by Haboush family on Facebook helped to identify 32 family members killed in the strike, sharing images of some of the victims.

A 66-year old grandfather of the Haboush family, Suleiman Naaman Rabah Haboush, and his 62-year old wife Ibtisam Arslan Salem Haboush were killled alongside their four sons and three daughters as well as grandchildren.

Heba Suleiman Haboush, a surviving daughter of Suleiman Haboush, said in a Facebook post in reference to her father:  “May God have mercy on you, dear. May God have mercy on you, Hanoun. I am proud to be your daughter. God bears witness that you have been the best father, husband, and brother. You gave everything to serve your religion and your country. Praise be to God for having the honor of being a martyr.” She also shared an image of an elderly man with a grey beard in a traditional Muslim attire.

Suleiman and Ibtisan’s eldest 33-year old son Musab Suleiman Naaman Haboush was killed along with his wife, a 30-year old  Lubna Ahmed Hamdi Haboush (Al-Naji), and their 8-year old son Suleiman Musab Suleiman Haboush. A younger son, a 29-year old Izz al-Din (Azzedine) Suleiman Naaman Haboush, was killed alongside his wife Makram Khalifa and their 2-year old son Zakaria Azzeddine Suleiman Haboush. Their other son Suleiman Ezz El-Din Haboush survived the attack and was injured.

The deadly strike also took the lives of a 20-year old son of Suleiman and Ibtisan, Abdul Rahman Suleiman Naaman Habous, their 16-year old son, Muhammad Suleiman Naaman Haboush, and their three daughters – 22-year old Sandus Suleiman Naamn Haboush, Islam Suleiman Haboush, and 27-year old Walaa Suleiman Naaman Haboush. Their grandchildren, a 7-year old girl, Sareen Naaman Suleiman Haboush, a girl, Malak and a boy, Alyan Al-Ashqar were also killed.

The late Islam Suleiman Haboush used to be a researcher, and Hala Khaled dedicated a Facebook tribute to her, sharing an image of woman in white burqa presenting in front of a notebook. Islam contributed to writing a book “Popular Resistance” published by Dar Al-Muqtasab.

The strike mostly took lives of women and children, including two mothers, each of whom was killed alongside her five children.

A 33-year old, Shaima Raed Mahmoud Haboush al-Amiri, was killed alongside her three sons: Osama Noman Suleiman Haboush (15), Suleiman Noman Suleiman  Haboush (13), and Ibrahim Noman Suleiman Haboush (10) as well as her two daughters, Maria Noman Suleiman Haboush (9) and Fatima Noman Suleiman Haboush (2).

One more mother,  Amina Ahmed Haboush al-Amri, was killed alongside her son Saleh Noman Haboush (8), and four daughters – Cyrine Noman Haboush, Ibtisam Noman Suleiman Haboush (3),  Bilsan Noman Haboush (2), and Marwa Noman Rabah Haboush.

The deadly airstrike took the lives of three young siblings, a 7-year old boy, Abdul Rahman Mahmoud Naeem Haboush, and his two sisters, a 15-year old Dima Mahmoud Naeem Haboush and a 10-year old Talin Mahmoud Naeem Haboush.

Last but not least, a 22-year old woman, Jennat Zaki Youssef Haboush, was mentioned among the killed victims.

According to the post by Heba Suleiman Haboush, the only survivor of the bombing of the house was the young boy Suleiman Ezz El-Din Haboush who can be seen on the attached image with a bandage covering his head and an injured eye. Heba also shared the heartbreaking videos showing the funeral of Haboush family members as well as their bodies wrapped in white cloth stained with blood.

Dozens of others were reported wounded. A video shared by Khaled Safi on the social media platform Twitter/X showed a crying injured girl with her face and clothes covered in dust and stained with blood. The video is captioned “A survivor from the rubble of the Haboush family home, which was recently targeted by [Israeli] aircraft”.

Later, Twitter/X  user @alsha_mi reported about 40 killed members of the Hanoush family, referring to her friend based in Gaza: “Muhammad Haboush, my friend from Gaza, I have been communicating with him every day since the beginning of the bombing. Today they were bombed in Gaza and 40 martyrs from the Haboush family died… Can you imagine the number 40 martyrs from the family who were martyred in an instant.”

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 belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. According to the Facebook post by Haboush family, the attack happened without any prior warning.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at approximately 11:15 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (17)

Suleiman Naaman Rabah Haboush سليمان حبوش
66 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 936523034
Ibtisam Arslan Salem Haboush إبتسام رسلان حبوش
62 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 951510551
Musab Suleiman Naaman Haboush مصعب سليمان حبوش
33 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802775825
Lubna Ahmed Hamdi Haboush لبنى الناجي
30 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 804448652
Suleiman Musab Suleiman Haboush سليمان حبوش
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435909106
Izz al-Din (Azzedine) Suleiman Naaman Haboush عز الدين سليمان حبوش
29 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 804448652
Makram Khalifa مكرم خليفة
24 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 405190752
Zakaria Azzeddine Suleiman Haboush زكريا عز الدين حبوش
2 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444854657
Suleiman Ezz El-Din Haboush سليمان عز الدين حبوش
Child male injured
Abdul Rahman Suleiman Naaman Haboush عبدالرحمن سليمان حبوش
20 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 408146736
Muhammad Suleiman Naaman Haboush محمد سليمان حبوش
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424561041
Sandus Suleiman Naamn Haboush سندس سليمان حبوش
22 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 406984948
Islam Suleiman Haboush إسلام سليمان حبوش
39 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 800262040
Alyan Al-Ashqar عليان الأشقر
Age unknown male killed
Walaa Suleiman Naaman Haboush ولاء سليمانحبوش
27 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 401921580
Malak ملاك
Child female killed
Sareen Naaman Suleiman Haboush سارة
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437279219

Family members (6)

Shaima Raed Mahmoud Haboush al-Amiri شيماءرائد حبوش العامري
33 years old female Matched to MoH ID 951510551
Osama Noman Suleiman Haboush أسامة نعمان حبوش
15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 426349627
Suleiman Noman Suleiman Haboush سليمان نعمان حبوش
13 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 429532674
Ibrahim Noman Suleiman Haboush إبراهيم نعمان حبوش
10 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 434082210
Maria Noman Suleiman Haboush ماريا نعمان حبوش
9 years old female Matched to MoH ID 435060975
Fatima Noman Suleiman Haboush فاطمة نعمان حبوش
2 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 442863460

Family members (6)

Amina Ahmed Haboush al-Amri أمينة أحمد حبوش العامري
Adult female killed
Saleh Noman Haboush صالح نعمان حبوش
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435194675
Cyrine Noman Haboush سيرين نعمان حبوش
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437279219
Ibtisam Noman Suleiman Haboush إبتسام نعمان حبوش
3 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437040835
Bilsan Noman Haboush بيلسان نعمان حبوش
2 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437040835
Marwa Noman Rabah Haboush مروة نعمان حبوش
Child female

Family members (3)

Abdul Rahman Mahmoud Naeem Haboush عبدالرحمن محمود نعيم حبوش
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 437453293
Dima Mahmoud Naeem Haboush ديمة محمود نعيم حبوش
15 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 426381596
Talin Mahmoud Naeem Haboush تالين محمود نعيم حبوش
10 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 432320364

The victims were named as:

Jennat Zaki Youssef Haboush زكي يوسف حبوش
22 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 407117308

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    32 – 40
  • (19 children9 women4 men)
  • 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

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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the al Shifa hospital (مستشفى الشفاء) to the west of Gaza city (غزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.52417, 34.44417. 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
    32 – 40
  • (19 children9 women4 men)
  • 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

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