Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0409

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

منزل عمارة الكحلوت في بيت لاهيا,, Ammar Al Kahlout family home in Beit Lahya, Gaza strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On Friday, 20th October 2023 at around 3.30am, a number of people were killed and others injured, when an alleged Israeli airstrike hit the Al-Kahlot family home in the Beit Lahia project area in the north of the Gaza Strip. Several news outlets and the Palestinian Ministry of Interior reported deaths and injuries that were later corroborated by posts of social media, however the precise number – and details of their identities – were unknown.

Nabdapp news and Pnn reported deaths and injuries in Beit Lahia, stating ‘The Ministry of Interior in Gaza: Martyrs and wounded due to the occupation bombing of Al-Kahlot Building in Beit Lahia project area, north of the Strip.’

@AlMayadeenLive later reported that the Al-Kahlot family home and other houses surrounding it were destroyed after it was ‘bombed for the second time’.

Facebook user WA105FM, shared a video online depicting several sets of multi-story buildings in a developed urban area billowing up in thick smoke upon being hit by a strike. He commented, ‘The [Israeli] targets the Al-Kahlot building in the Beit Lahia project area, north of the Gaza Strip, and there are reports of martyrs and injuries’.

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The incident occured at approximately 3:30 am local time.

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

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Media
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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
    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 (23) [ collapse]