Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT040

Incident date

May 13, 2021

Location

شرق مخيم البريج, Eastern Al Bureij camp, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.4388035, 34.3936352 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, a woman and a child, were reportedly killed and three others, including two children, were reportedly injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on the Issa family home in Al Bureij camp on May 13th, 2021.

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and Al Mezan provided similar summaries of this incident: at around 4:30pm on May 13th, Israeli missiles struck a home belonging to Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Issa (42) from al-Bureij refugee camp killing his wife Manar Kahder Ahmed ‘Issa (Salamah) (39) and his daughter Lina Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Issa (13). In addition, 3 others were injured and they were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital for treatment.

Mohammed and his family’s entire home was completely destroyed, along with a few other homes close by, according to Defence for Children – Palestine.

@aali4573 added that in addition to the woman and her child, who died in the strikes, two other children survived the strikes and were rescued from the rubble. The victims of the strikes had to be removed from the rubble by a bulldozer.

Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Issa, whose wife and daughter were killed in the strike, is a professor and was also injured in the strikes. A post from Shimaa Khaled on Facebook wished him a speedy recovery.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the airstrikes to Israel.

The incident occured at approximately 4:45 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Manar Kahder Ahmed ‘Issa (Salamah) 39 years old female killed
  • Lina Mohammed Mahmoud ‘Issa 13 years old female killed
  • Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Issa 42 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Bodies of those killed in strikes on Al-Bureij on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Rescuers search through the rubble following strikes on Al-Bureij on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Rescuers search through the rubble following strikes on Al-Bureij on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @mohammed_jbour)
  • Rescuers search through the rubble following strikes on Al-Bureij on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @mohammed_jbour)
  • The funeral ceremony for the niece of the martyr Manar Khader Salama “Issa” and her daughter Lina Muhammad Issa, may God have mercy on them.
  • Mohammed Mahmoud Mohammed ‘Issa, who was injured in strikes on Al Bureij camp that killed his wife and daughter on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by Shimaa Khaled via Facebook)
  • Lina Mohamed Mahmoud Issa, 13, killed in strikes on Al Bureij camp on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by Shadi press)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Al Bureij camp on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @gazaapost)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Al Bureij camp on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @WorldOnAlert)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Al Bureij camp on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @gazaapost)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Al Bureij camp on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @gazaapost)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Al Bureij camp on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by @gazaapost)
  • Damage caused by strikes on Al Bureij camp on May 13, 2021. (Image posted by Xinhua)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a house being struck east of Al Bureij Camp (مخيم البريج), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.4388035, 34.3936352. 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 harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]