Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0352

Incident date

October 18, 2023

Location

محيط مقبرة بني سهيلا, Vicinity of Bani Suhaila cemetery, Khan Yunis Governorate, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.339996, 34.324402 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Shortly before 11am on Wednesday, October 18th 2023, at least 26 Palestinian civilians, including at least seven women and seventeen children, one of them a 4-month-old infant, were reportedly killed and between 35 and 44 civilians were injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on two homes, the Abu Ishaq family home and the Fafsis family home, in the center of the town of Bani Suheila located east of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip.

The Anadolu Agency provided the lowest estimate stating that 12 civilians were killed in the attack. However, numerous local sources listed 26 names of civilians killed. As per Airwars methodology, given the broad consensus on this upper range as well as the names identified by sources, the minimum number of civilians killed in this incident has been recorded as 26.

Numerous members of the Abu Ishaq, Al-Ala and Al-Buraim families were killed in this incident. 17 of the 26 people killed were children, and 14 of them were younger than ten years old. The ages of the victims, provided by Diya Alregeb in a post on Facebook, often differed from the ages provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Where reports differed, an age range has been provided.

Among the victims killed in the strike were a young mother, 25-year-old Israa Musa Suleiman Al-Barim Abu Ishaq, and her three children, at least one of them an infant. Pictures of the children and baby were circulated on Twitter/X. The son was identified as Sabri Muhammed Sabri Al-Buraim (4 to 5 years old) and the two daughters were named as Maria Muhammad Sabri Al-Buraim (between 4 months and 2 years old), and Rima Muhammad Sabri Al-Buraim (less than a year to 3 years old). Their father, Muhammed Sabri Abu Ishaq, also posted a message saying:  “We belong to God and to Him we shall return. Oh God, reward me for my calamity and give me something better than it. I count in the sight of God as my wife, Israa Musa Abu Ishaq, and my dearest children, Sabri, Maria, and Rima.”

Another mother, 30-year-old Sabreen Nabil Rizk Abu Ishaq Abu Khater was killed alongside her daughters, Amal Yasser Musa Abu Ishaq (6 or 7 years old) and a 4-year-old Israa Yasser Musa Abu Ishaq. Sabreen and her children were remembered in a Facebook tribute by Mohammad Abu Khater who called her the “family daughter”.

Among the other victims were four more women: Amal Muhammad Al-Abd Abu Ishaq Al-Qahwaji (59 to 63 years old), 35-year-old Lameya Attia Khalil Abu Ishaq Al-Jia’an, 35-year-old Tahreer Samir Suleiman Abu Ishaq and Inas Musa Suleiman Abu Al-Ala Abu Ishaq (27 or 28 years old).

Inas was possibly the older sister of Israa Musa Suleiman Abu Ishaq and the mother of two sisters killed in the incident, 5-year-old Siwar Muhammad Khalil Abu Al-Ala and Salma Muhammad Khalil Abu Al-Ala (2 to 4 years old).

33-year-old Rula Khalil Attia Abu Taima Al-Jiaan was killed alongside two female relatives of hers, 18-year-old Aya Attia Khalil Abu Taima Al-Jia’an and two-year-old Maria Zaid Nafez Abu Taima. The exact family relationships were not clear.

Multiple sets of siblings were killed in the incident. Namely three brothers, Hammam Hossam Musa Abu Ishaq (16 or 17 years old), Muhammad Hussam Musa Abu Ishaq (13 or 14 years old) and Karam Hossam Musa Abu Ishaq (2 or 3 years old). A set of two sisters, Aseel Ahmed Samir Abu Ishaq (9 to 11 years old) and 5-year-old Salam Ahmed Samir Abu Ishaq were killed alongside their cousin, Joud Adel Samir Abu Ishaq (9 or 10 years old) and her little sister 5-year-old Jannah Adel Samir Abu Ishaq.

Another two boys, whose family relationships are not clear, were killed and were named as Naji Imad Jamil Abu Assi (2 or 3 years old) and Mahmoud Rani Abu Saada (3 or 4 years old).

The deadly strike also took the life of a 31 to 33-year-old family member named Ibrahim Youssef Suleiman Abu Ishaq.

The estimates of those injured varied between 35 and 44 civilians, where 44 injured were reported by a Facebook user Diya Alregeb. Videos and photos were shared of civilians being recovered from the rubble and brought to Nasser Hospital. Women and children were reported among those injured. Moreover, videos showed large amounts of smoke emerging from the buildings after the airstrike hit the homes. People were also reported to still be stuck under the rubble as large crowds gathered to help in efforts to dig them out as per photos from Atef Abu Al-Ala’s post.

The names of all victims identified by sources have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023. However, the ages provided by the Ministry of Health list of fatalities were slightly different to those identified by sources. Where ages differ between the list and the sources a range has been provided.

Where sources identified the belligerents all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

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 in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (26)

Amal Muhammad Al-Abd Abu Ishaq Al-Qahwaji آمال محمد العبد ابواسحاق القهوجي
59 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 973766876
Lameya Attia Khalil Abu Ishaq Al-Jia’an لمياء عطية خليل أبواسحاق الجيعان
35 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 802081117
Hammam Hossam Musa Abu Ishaq همام حسام موسى أبواسحاق
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424646784
Muhammad Hussam Musa Abu Ishaq محمد حسام موسى أبواسحاق
13 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 429738107
Karam Hossam Musa Abu Ishaq كرم حسام موسى أبواسحاق
2 years old killed Matched to MoH ID 444933063
Inas Musa Suleiman Abu Al-Ala Abu Ishaq إيناس موسى سليمان أبوالعلا أبواسحاق
27 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 410682066
Siwar Muhammad Khalil Abu Al-Ala سوار محمد خليل أبوالعلا
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 438523276
Salma Muhammad Khalil Abu Al-Ala سلمى محمد خليل أبوالعلا
2 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 445001530
Israa Musa Suleiman Al-Barim Abu Ishaq إسراء موسى سليمان البريم أبواسحاق
25 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 411003817
Sabri Muhammad Sabri Al-Buraim صبري محمد صبري البريم
4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 441101037
Rima Muhammad Sabri Al-Buraim ريما محمد صبري البريم
0.6 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 444635551
Maria Muhammad Sabri Al-Buraim ماريا محمد صبري البريم
0.4 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 444824403
Sabreen Nabil Rizk Abu Ishaq Abu Khater صابرين نبيل رزق ابو اسحاق ابو خاطر
30 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 804440642
Amal Yasser Musa Abu Ishaq آمال ياسر موسى أبواسحاق
6 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 438397739
Israa Yasser Musa Abu Ishaq اسراء ياسر موسى أبواسحاق
4 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 441103181
Ibrahim Youssef Suleiman Abu Ishaq ابراهيم يوسف سليمان أبواسحاق
31 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 803666130
Tahreer Samir Suleiman Abu Ishaq (Farhan) تحرير سمير سليمان أبواسحاق
35 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 801888157
Aseel Ahmed Samir Abu Ishaq أسيل أحمد سمير أبواسحاق
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433260239
Salam Ahmed Samir Abu Ishaq سلام احمد سمير أبواسحاق
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 440555811
Aya Attia Khalil Abu Taima Al-Jia’an آية عطية خليل أبو طعيمة الجيعان
18 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 422531012
Joud Adel Samir Abu Ishaq جود عادل سمير أبواسحاق
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433624863
Jannah Adel Sameer Abu Ishaq جنة عادل سمير ابو اسحق
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 439100165
Rula Khalil Attia Abu Taima Al-Jiaan رولا خليل عطية ابوطعيمة الجيعان
35 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 803020064
Maria Zaid Nafez Abu Taima ماريا زيد نافذ ابوطعيمة
2 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 445767619
Naji Imad Jamil Abu Assi ناجي عماد جميل ابوعاصي
2 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 443047303
Mahmoud Rani Abu Saada محمود راني أبوسعادة
3 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 443250840

The victims were named as:

Mahmoud Rani Abu Saada محمود راني أبوسعادة
3 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 443250840
Naji Imad Jamil Abu Assi ناجي عماد جميل ابوعاصي
2 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 443047303

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    26
  • (17 children8 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    35–44
  • 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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Media
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    Source: Om Muhammed Al Buraim
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    Source: Mohammed A sallout
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    Source: Atef Abu Al-Ala
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    Source: Al Hadath Palestine
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    Source: Al Hadath Palestine
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    Source: Al Hadath Palestine
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    Source: Al Hadath Palestine
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    Source: @PSLK1154
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    Source: Alhaqeqa Aldawlia
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    Source: Anadolu Agency News
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the Bani Suhaila cemetery (مقبرة بني سهيلا) in the town of Bani Suhaila (بني سهيلا). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.339996, 34.324402.

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  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    Atef Abu Al-Ala

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
    26
  • (17 children8 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    35–44
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]