Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT054

Incident date

May 14, 2021

Location

بلدة عبسان الكبرى شرق خان يونس, Abasan Al Kabira, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.323253, 34.344088 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

A man was killed and one to two civilians were injured in an Israeli airstrike which targeted a group of people in a town east of Khan Younis, multiple sources reported. The man killed was identified as a member of the Islamic Jihad Movement.

The man killed was identified as 23-year-old Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab who was reportedly from the town of Bani Sohila. The military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine posted a memorial for Walid, identifying him as a “Mujahid Martyr” and adding that he “received a number of military courses that qualified him to be a staunch mujahid from the Mujahideen of the Artillery Corps of Khan Yunis.”

The extent of the wounded civilian’s injuries was not clear, with Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights saying they were moderate and another source reporting that they were serious. The identity of the individual is also not known. Amad News reported an additional injury.

All of the victims of the strikes were taken to Nasser Hospital.

Al Haq indicated that the missile fired came from a drone and attributed the strikes to Israel.

The incident occured at 8:10 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Image of Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab who was reportedly killed by an Israeli airstrike on May 14th, 2021 (image via @WTaoEonYbL8sXmU)
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    Image of the victim from a May 14th, 2021 alleged Israeli airstrike east of Khan Younis (image via Mohammed Saloum)
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    Image showing the funeral of 23-year-old Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab who was killed by an Israeli airstrike, according to multiple sources (image via Fath 1965)
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    Image showing the funeral of 23-year-old Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab who was killed by an Israeli airstrike, according to multiple sources (image via Fath 1965)
  • Mourners at the funeral of 23-year-old Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab. A missile reportedly targeted a group of people on May 14th, 2021, resulting in his death (image via Fath 1965)
  • Mourners carrying the body of 23-year-old Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab. A missile reportedly targeted a group of people on May 14th, 2021, resulting in his death (image via Fath 1965)
  • Mourners at the grave site of the young man killed in a reported Israeli airstrike (image via Fath 1965)
  • Translated caption reads: Safa correspondent: An Israeli air strike on a land in the town of Abasan al-Kabira, east of Khan Yunis governorate, in the southern Gaza Strip (via Nwlyapp)
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    Video showing funeral procession of the young man reportedly killed by an Israeli airstrike on May 14th, 2021
  • image of Walid Zuhair Abu Shab training with the Mujahideen of the Artillery Corps of Khan Yunis. (Image posted by Saraya PS)
  • image of Walid Zuhair Abu Shab training with the Mujahideen of the Artillery Corps of Khan Yunis. (Image posted by Saraya PS)
  • image of Walid Zuhair Abu Shab training with the Mujahideen of the Artillery Corps of Khan Yunis. (Image posted by Saraya PS)
  • image of Walid Zuhair Abu Shab training with the Mujahideen of the Artillery Corps of Khan Yunis. (Image posted by Saraya PS)
  • image of Walid Zuhair Abu Shab training with the Mujahideen of the Artillery Corps of Khan Yunis. (Image posted by Saraya PS)
  • image of Walid Zuhair Abu Shab training with the Mujahideen of the Artillery Corps of Khan Yunis. (Image posted by Saraya PS)
  • Image of Walid Zuhair Abu Shab, identified to be a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, who posted a memorial for Walid.
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    Image showing the funeral of 23-year-old Walid Zuhair Mohammed Abu Shab who was killed by an Israeli airstrike, according to multiple sources (image via Fath 1965)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Abasan Al Kabira (عبسان الجديدة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.323253, 34.344088. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (25) [ collapse]