Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT038

Incident date

May 13, 2021

Location

الفخاري, Al Fakhary, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.295080, 34.333194 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

At least one belligerent was killed and as many as two civilians were injured in alleged Israeli strikes on farmland in eastern Al-Fakhary in the southeast of Khan Younis on May 13th 2021.

@MyPalestine0 reported that Abdel Aziz Abdel Hamid Abu Taima was killed by an artillery shell east of Al-Fokhari in Khan Younis and two other people were seriously injured. Many of the sources identified Taima as a member of the artillery unit in the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, while @qudsn was the only source to refer to him as a “farmer”.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released a statement following his death: “with pride, one of the fighters of the Martyr Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the martyr comrade Abdul Aziz Abdul Hamid Abu Taima bled. Glory to the martyrs and certainly victory to the valiant resistance.”

The body of Abdel Aziz Abdel Hamid Abu Taima was taken to Nasser Hospital “in pieces” following the strike.

@mo11977 identified Taima as being in “a group of fighters” but it is unclear if those injured in the strike were also fighters. Fatah Media referenced “the injury of a number of civilians” when discussing the incident, Abu Ali posted on Facebook that those injured were civilians.

Most of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Israel.

The incident occured at 9:10 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (32) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, alleged to be a member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, was killed in alleged Israeli strikes east oh Khan Younis on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @BaselAhmad21)
  • The body of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima arrives at Nasser Medical Hospital after he was targeted on May 13th 2021. (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • The body of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima arrives at Nasser Medical Hospital after he was targeted on May 13th 2021. (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • The body of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima arrives at Nasser Medical Hospital after he was targeted on May 13th, 2021. (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • Eyewitnesses confirmed that the body of the martyr Abdel Aziz Abu Taima arrived in pieces at Nasser Medical Hospital, as a result of being targeted by the occupation artillery in the Al-Fokhari area, east of Khan Yunis.
  • The funeral of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, an alleged member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. He was killed in a reported Israeli strike east of Khan Younis on May 13th, 2021. (Image posted by Fatah Media)
  • The funeral of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, an alleged member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. He was killed in a reported Israeli strike east of Khan Younis on May 13th, 2021. (Image posted by East Post via Facebook)
  • The funeral of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, an alleged member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. He was killed in a reported Israeli strike east of Khan Younis on May 13th, 2021. (Image posted by East Post via Facebook)
  • The funeral of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, an alleged member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. He was killed in a reported Israeli strike east of Khan Younis on May 13th, 2021. (Image posted by East Post via Facebook)
  • The funeral of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, an alleged member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades. He was killed in a reported Israeli strike east of Khan Younis on May 13th, 2021. (Image posted by East Post via Facebook)
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    The body of Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, an alleged member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, he was killed in a reported Israeli strike east of Khan Younis on May 13th, 2021. (Image posted by Abo Ahmad Ta`mia via Facebook)
  • Abdel Aziz Abu Taima, an alleged member of the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, he was killed in reported Israeli strikes east oh Khan Younis on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by Abo Ahmad Ta`mia via Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention farmland in the vicinity of Al Fakhary (الفخاري). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generirc coordinates for Al Fakhary are: 31.295080, 34.333194.

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–2

Sources (32) [ collapse]