Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0328

Incident date

October 18, 2023

Location

مخيم النصيرات, Nuseirat camp, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.450065, 34.392934 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least seven people were killed from the al-Daalis family, including a one-week-old baby boy, and at least seven people were injured when the al-Daalis family home in Nuseirat refugee camp, near the Al-Ahly Club, was reportedly hit by an Israeli bomb on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. The news website, Alwatanvoice.com, reported that both the al-Daalis family home as well as multiple neighboring houses were destroyed.

The victims were identified by their families as Hajja Najiba al-Daalis and her sister-in-law 46-year-old Maysaa al-Daalis, who was killed alongside her daughter, 15-year-old Nada Rafat al-Daalis as well as her son, 16-year-old Salah al-Din Rafat al-Daalis, his wife, Mai Saeed al-Daalis and a one-week-old baby Jihad Muhammed al-Daalis.

Nuseirat Panorama originally reported that eight people were injured and that one of the injured, a family member identified as Abu Farid al-Daalis, was in critical condition. Abu Farid later died of from his injuries.

The identities of the parents of the baby, Jihad Muhammed al-Daalis, are not made clear in the available sources. One source, Abu Nidal, in a tribute post on Facebook, referred to both Jihad and Salah as their nephews, making them the same generation of the family, possibly brothers or cousins. Another source, Muhammad Jabr, in a similar post on Facebook, referred to Jihad as their uncles’ grandson, making him the generation below Salah and possibly the child of Mai and Salah.

Many heartfelt tributes were made to the family on X and Facebook. Ghadeer Imad said Najiba al-Daalis was a joy and was dearly beloved. Iman Raed described Nada al-Daalis as her friend of four years who was like a sister, referring to her by the nickname “Nadosh” and saying “my hands are in her hands, and she has never abandoned me”.

In a post on Facebook, Salah al-Din Imad Al-Hajj paid tribute to Salah al-Din Al Daalis; he referred to him as his student and described him as having “high character and lofty ambitions”.

The age of Mai Al-Daalis is not clear in the available sources. However, Abu Nidal and Muhammed Jabr referred to her as the wife of Salah al-Din, who is 16 years old. She may also be under the age of 18 but, as this cannot be confirmed, this discrepancy is reflected in the civilian casualty range for this incident.

Nada Al-Daalis, Salah al-Din Al-Daalis, Maysaa al-Daalis and Jihad Al-Daalis have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities published on October 26, 2023 and their ID numbers are listed below.

Where sources identified a belligerent, all sources attributed the strike to the Israeli Military.

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (7)

Najiba Al Daalis نجيبة الدعليس
Adult female killed
Maysaa Al Daalis ميساء الدعليس
46 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 901673582
Nada Al Daalis ندى الدعليس
15 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 426368452
Salah Al Daalis صلاح الدعليس
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424523819
Mai Al Daalis مي الدعليس
Age unknown female killed
Jihad Al Daalis جهاد الدعليس
<1 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444349021
Abu Farid Al Daalis أبو فريد الدعليس
Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (3–4 children2–3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Salah El-Din Imad Al-Hajj
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    Source: Ghadeer Imad
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    Source: Baraa Al Rantisi
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    Source: Halloumi Maher
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    Source: Halloumi Maher
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    Source: Halloumi Maher
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    Source: Halloumi Maher
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    Source: Iman Raed
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    Source: Iman Raed
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Nuseirat (النصيرات), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.450065, 34.392934. 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
    7
  • (3–4 children2–3 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • 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 (14) [ collapse]