Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT046

Incident date

May 13, 2021

Location

مزارع بالقرب من بيت لاهيا, Farmlands near Beit Lahiya, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.551195, 34.509152 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Israeli military forces shelled farmland in Beit Lahia in the Northern Gaza Strip, killing one civilian and one combatant according to multiple sources.

The civilian killed during the shelling was named as 25 year old farmer Suhaib Abd Al Raheem Awad Ghanem by several sources. He was allegedly a member of Fatah.

The other victim was named as Yahya Mansour Ghaben by several sources. He was seriously injured in the shelling and was transferred to Shifa Hospital where he died from his injuries four days later. The majority of sources reported his age to be 24, however one source claimed he was 25.

Whilst several reports claimed that at the time of the shelling the two victims were farmers working on the land, several photos posted subsequently show Yahya Mansour Ghaben in military uniform and a subsequent post by Al Qassam Brigades reported him as a combatant, calling him a “Mujahid Qassami”.

Two sources reported that the incident occurred at approximately 5.30pm, whilst another source put the time of incident at approximately 5.50pm.The majority of sources attributed the strikes to Israel.

The incident occured at approximately 5:30 pm local time.

  • Suhaib Abd Al Raheem Awad Ghanem 25 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via Al Qassam Brigades)
  • 25 year old Suhaib Abd Al Raheem Awad Ghanem who was killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via The Palestinian National Liberation Movement)
  • 25 year old Suhaib Abd Al Raheem Awad Ghanem who was killed by Israeli military shelling in Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via Bilal Mohammed Ghanem)
  • Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via Alaa Aziz)
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    Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via Alaa Aziz)
  • Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via Abdel Rahim Mohamed Ghadn)
  • Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via @baselabuhassan)
  • Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via @Sohaibhbill)
  • Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via @Sohaibhbill)
  • Yahya Mansour Ghaben an Al Qassam Brigades Combatant killed in an Israeli shelling of Beit Lahia on May 13th 2021 (image via @Sohaibhbill)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention farmland being struck in the vicinity of Beit Lahiya (بيت لاهيا‎). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Beit Lahiya are: 31.551195, 34.509152.

Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (29) [ collapse]