Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT070

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

المغازي, Al Maghazi, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.423444, 34.387658 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

One man was killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike while riding a motorcycle in the central part of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, 15 May 2021.

Multiple sources have confirmed the death of Zaher Attia Muhammad Anbar, aged 37- 39, with the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan and the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (MAITIC) reporting the event as a drone strike. Sources differ on the precise location of the strike, but suggest that it took place to the east of the al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps, which neighbour one another, between 13:00 and 14:30.

A tweet from @AmjadAm71123770 reported that Anbar was the owner of a farm. PCHR added that after he was killed, he was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah.

Anbar was from the Nuseirat refugee camp and was affiliated with Fatah, who published a mourning notice for the man. One other source also described Anbar as a member of the ‘Al Aqsa brigade’.

The IDF News Desk made the following statement at 20:27 the same day: “IDF locates and eliminates two Surface-to-Surface missile operatives belonging to the Islamic Jihad. A short while ago, IDF aircraft eliminated two Islamic Jihad Surface-to-Surface missile operatives located in Khan Yunis, and in the Meghazi refugee camp.” It is possible that this statement relates to the same strike event; in which case, the IDF’s opinion is that the man killed was affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The IDF also posted a video of the strikes, although it is inconclusive.

All of the sources that identified a responsible party attributed the strikes to Israel.

The incident occured between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (32) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Image of Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Damage to Zaher Atya Anbar's motorcycle following strikes while he was riding in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Image of Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by @AmjadAm71123770)
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    Graphic mage of Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nidal.anber via Facebook)
  • Central Region (Fatah Movement) posted a memorial for Zaher Atya Anbar, whom they identified as a heroic martyr.
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Abo Mohammad via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Abo Mohammad via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Abo Mohammad via Facebook)
  • The funeral of the martyr Zaher Anbar Abu Attia
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the vicinity of Al Maghazi (المغازي) camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.423444, 34.387658. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Armed Forces

IDF locates and eliminates two Surface-to-Surface missile operatives belonging to the Islamic Jihad. A short while ago, IDF aircraft eliminated two Islamic Jihad Surface-to-Surface missile operatives located in Khan Yunis, and in the Meghazi refugee camp

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (32) [ collapse]