Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0559

Incident date

October 24, 2023

Location

منزل لعائلة الغلبان قرب مسجد الأندونيسي جنوب خانيونس, Al-Ghalban family near the Indonesian Mosque south of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On October 24th, 2023, two people, a husband and wife, were reported killed, and at least two others, including a child, were injured after an Israeli aircraft allegedly bombed the al-Ghalban family home, located near the Indonesian Mosque in the south of Khan Younis.

After the bombing, the Palestinian news agency Shehab News on their X/Twitter account shared a video of injured people arriving at Nasser Hospital for treatment – one of the injured appeared to be a young child. While the exact number of injuries is unknown, Shebah agency, as well as Safa.ps, reported that search crews continued to search for missing persons under the rubble of the house. Umm Ibrahim’s Facebook post was also accompanied by a video that documented two bodies in white body bags being carried down the road by the group of men.

According to Umm Ibrahim’s Facebook post, his cousin 35-year old Muhammad Abdullah al-Ghalban and his wife 30-year old Shireen al-Ghalban‘s bodies were recovered from the rubble of their house. ‘A thousand mercy and light upon you, my cousin’ read the post with a condolence message directed to his aunt and Shireen al-Ghalban sisters.

@Alghalban family gathering Facebook group has shared that hearing the news about the death of “the young son of the family” Muhammad Abdullah al-Ghalban and his wife Shireen al-Ghalban was received “with great sadness and sorrow”. Many more relatives and friends took to social media to commiserate about the deaths of Muhammad Abdullah al-Ghalban and his wife Shireen al-Ghalban. “May God have mercy on the daughter of the family: Shireen Muhammad Abdullah Abu Salah”, read the Al salah family’s Facebook page, “She rose with her husband, Muhammad Al-Ghalban”.

Osama fathi almalliti’s Facebook post accompanied by the image of Muhammad Abdullah al-Ghalban, a smiling, bearded young man, read “I swear to God, you made us cry with your departure”. He described Muhammad Abdullah al-Ghalban as a beloved and kind friend. Similarly, Mosaab abu Abdallah referred to Muhammad Abdullah Al-Ghalban as “beloved of my heart”.

Facebook user Rajab Abu Mohammad referred to Muhammad Abdullah al-Ghalban as a doctor. He shared condolence messages to all friends and family members that are hurting during this time.

Both names have been reconciled with Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities released October 26, 2023.

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

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Muhammad Abdullah Al-Ghalban محمد عبدلله الغلبان
35 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801885427
Shireen Al-Ghalban شرين الغلبان
30 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 804683845

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • 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 belligerent
    Israeli Military

Sources (11) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Mosaab abu abdallah
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    Source: Osama fathi almalliti
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    Source: Rajab abu mohammad
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    Source: Alghalban family boys meeting
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    Source: Alghalban family gathering
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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 infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • 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 belligerent
    Israeli Military

Sources (11) [ collapse]