Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT061

Incident date

May 14, 2021

Location

ِبني سهيلا, Bani Suheila, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.34213017, 34.32534365 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

A civilian may have been killed and another wounded in an alleged Israeli strike in the town of Bani Suhaila on May 14, 2021.

Reporting about strikes on Bani Suhaila seem to indicate that two separate locations were struck with missiles. Sources mostly either reported the death of a civilian and the injury of another as a result of a group of people being targeted in the area or reported a house being hit but did not mention any casualties. @aeinnews reported the strike hit agricultural land but also did not mention casualties. There was no information on the identity of the reported victims.

It is possible that the sources reporting the civilian harm are referring to an incident recorded in entry ISPT054. In this a man reportedly from Bani Suhaila was killed and another injured in a strike that targeted a group of people. Those sources report it in a slightly different place, Absan Alkubra, but this lies very close to Bani Suhaila. We have included a range in the civilian casualty estimate to reflect this possibility.

Sources either reported the use of airstrikes, rockets, missiles or shells.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • 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

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Translated image caption: #Photos: Occupation warplanes bombed agricultural land near Bani Suhaila roundabout in Khan Yunis governorate. (Image posted by @aeinnews)
  • There were conflicting reports around a strike reported on May 14, 2021 in the Bani Sohila town. (Image posted by @aeinnews)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a roundabout in the town of Bani Suheila (بني سهيلا), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.34213017, 34.32534365. 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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • 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

Sources (15) [ collapse]