Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0392b

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

معان, Ma’an, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.333718, 34.316637 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

In the early morning of Friday, October 20th, 2023, alleged Israeli airstrikes hit two civilian homes owned by the al-Ghalban family in the Ma’an area, east of Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, reportedly killing Hussein Muhammad al-Ghalban Abu Riyad’s grandson, and inflicting injuries of various degrees on the other 12 members of his family.

According to a Facebook post by the Association of the al-Ghalban Family’s Sons, some of the victims were still undergoing treatment in the hospital, while others had returned after receiving first aid. This post, along with another from Families of Ma’an and eastern Khan Younis, featured pictures documenting the ‘massive destruction’ resulting from the bombardment. No further details were available regarding the identity of the civilians or their current condition.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

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The incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Hussein Muhammad al-Ghalban Abu Riyad’s grandson حسين محمد الغلبان ابو رياض حفيد
Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Al-Ghalban Family Sons Gathering
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    Source: Ma’an Families and East Khan Younis
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    Source: Ma’an Families and East Khan Younis
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    Source: Ma’an Families and East Khan Younis
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    Source: Ma’an Families and East Khan Younis

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the area of Ma’an (معان) to the east of Khan Younis (خان يونس). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.333718, 34.316637.

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  • Imagery:
    Association of the sons of the Ghalban family

  • Imagery:
    Association of the sons of the Ghalban family

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
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]