Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0407

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

الجنينة, Al Geneina, Rafah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.296461, 34.243759 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Around 3:46 PM on Friday, 20 October 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Al Arja family house located on George Khalaf Adnan Abu Za Street near the cemetery in Al Janina neighborhood in the town of Rafah, Gaza strip, reportedly killed five civilians and injured between three and seven civilians.

The Palestinian Information Center in its Twitter/X post wrote about five civilians killed in the strike. A Facebook user Adlitaha1 initially reported about three injuries, but later wrote about seven injured people. Further details about the victims are unknown.

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

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The incident occured at approximately 3:46 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–7
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Geneina (الجنينة) to the east of  Rafah (رفح), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.296461, 34.243759. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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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
    5
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–7
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]