Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0412

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

محافظة خانيونس, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.336273, 34.319926 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Province/governorate level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 20th 2023, a child was reportedly killed and at least three others were injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Shaheen family home in Khan Yunis, located in the Gaza Strip.

Reporting of the incident identified Shaheen Shaheen as the child who was killed. A series of Facebook posts by Amr Tabash and Omar Arfat capture a man visibly upset, carrying the body of the child, as well as the body of the child in the morgue.

A tweet by user @sadeel_owida identified further injuries to two girls and a woman from the strike, with all transported to Nasser Hospital, while Mahmoud Fouly reported that three children were injured. This is collaborated by images of the children in the hospital which circulated on social media. Simultaneously, sources indicate that the search for missing persons was underway in the aftermath of the incident.

The Ministry of the Interior of Gaza reported on the incident, identifying the strike on the “Shaheen” family in Khan Yunis.

Airwars has matched Shaheen Shaheen’s name to the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of names released on October 26th 2023.

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

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Shaheen Shaheen شاهين شاهين
6 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 438998726

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Esmaeel Omer
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    Source: Esmaeel Omer
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    Source: Omar Arfat
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    Source: Amr Tabash
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    Source: Amr Tabash
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    Source: Amr Tabash
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    Source: Mahmoud fouly
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    Source: Mahmoud fouly
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    Source: Mahmoud fouly
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    Source: Mahmoud Fouly
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    Source: Alone in a strange world
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Khan Younis governorate (محافظة خانيونس), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.336273, 34.319926. 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
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]