Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0422c

Incident date

October 21, 2023

Location

منزل لعائلة الصوالحي  في حي الجنينة في رفح, Sawalhi family home in Al-Geneina, Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

At dawn on Saturday, October 21st, 2023, eight civilians were killed and at least four others were injured by an alleged Israeli strike on the Al Sawalhi family home in the Al-Geneina neighborhood in Rafah.

The Rafah city official page, Alsyed Abdullah, and Tala A. Riziq provided the names of those killed: 44-year-old Raed Ibrahim al-Sawalhi, his three-year-old daughter Halaa Raed Ibrahim al-Sawalhi, his 12-year-old son Al-Baraa Raed Ibrahim al-Sawalhi, and his brother, 49-year-old Iyad Ibrahim al-Sawalhi. Siblings, appearing to be the great-niece and nephews of Raed, 11-year-old Lana Mahmoud al-Arair, 8-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud al-Arair, and six-year-old Yazid Mahmoud al-Arair were also killed. The Twitter account @Alsharawmo reported that a total of eight people had been killed in the strikes on “the home of the Ibrahim Al-Sawalhi family.” No other name has been publicly released.

A post from Joyria and Aisha referred to Raed as “preacher Sheikh.” Alsyed Abdullah, a “colleague and brother” of Professor Iyad Al-Sawalhi Abu Yazan posted a condolence message to him as well. Asil al-Saadawi remembered his uncle Iyad as “my beloved, my friend, and the kindest person.” Anas Sofian, Raed’s nephew and uncle to Lana, Muhammad and Yazid, described them as “the precious children of our family.”

Multiple sources indicate that many Palestinian civilians were injured although numbers were not specified; photographs published by the Gaza News Network depict two young children and two adults severely injured by the bombing. Tala A. Riziq, the nephew of Raed Ibrahim Al Sawalhi, wrote in a Facebook post “Prayers for a speedy recovery of Iyad’s uncle and the rest of the injured”.

The airstrike was carried out at dawn, reportedly striking the Al Sawalhi home which was opposite a neighbourhood public park.

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

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

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The incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Raed Ibrahim al-Sawalhi رائد ابراهيم الصوالحي
44 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 903690139
Halaa Raed Ibrahim al-Sawalhi حلا رائد ابراهيم الصوالحي
3 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 443219902
Al-Baraa Raed Ibrahim al-Sawalhi البراء رائد ابراهيم الصوالحي
12 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 431577915
Iyad Ibrahim al-Sawalhi اياد ابراهيم الصوالحي
49 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 900198904

Family members (3)

Lana Mahmoud al-Arair لانا محمود العرعير
11 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 432231637
Muhammad Mahmoud al-Arair محمد محمود العرعير
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435882162
Yazid Mahmoud al-Arair يزيد محمود العرعير
6 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 438407637

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (5 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Gaza News Network
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    Source: Gaza News Network
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    Source: Gaza News Network
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    Source: Gaza News Network
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    Source: Saber M Arar
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    Source: Asil Alsaadawi
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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
    8
  • (5 children2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]