Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0392c

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

بطن السمين, Batn al Sameen, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.339794, 34.298670 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 20th 2023, the Al-Bashiti family’s house in the Batn al-Sameen area in Khan Yunis was hit by alleged Israeli aircraft bombing, resulting in an unknown number of deaths and injuries. The names of the family members who were affected were not mentioned by the sources.

Journalist Ahmad Qudeih reported that the bombing of the Al-Bashiti home resulted in “injuries” while Khan Yunis City mentioned “martyrs and injuries”. However, neither source mentioned a casualty toll.

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

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Batn al Sameen (بطن السمين) to the south of Khan Younis (خان يونس). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to find boundaries for the neighbourhood and to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Batn al Sameen are: 31.339794, 34.298670.

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
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (5) [ collapse]