Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT079

Incident date

May 16, 2021

Location

المغازي, غزه, Al Maghazi, Gaza, 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

Between five and six people were reported wounded, including two women, in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza on May 16th 2021, according to local reports.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said the strike, which took place at approximately 02:10, targeted agricultural land belonging to the Al-Masdar family. The injured were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah where their wounds were described as light to moderate. A number of neighbouring homes were also damaged in the strike, according to the source.

In the same wave of attacks Israeli aircraft reportedly carried out strikes on the main street in Al-Maghazi causing damage to infrastructure and homes.

Twitter user @khalil_gado estimated that about 25 missiles had struck the camp.

A house belonging to Faraj Salem bin Saeed was destroyed by fire following the strikes, according to @DollyPalestin.

On the morning of May 16th the Israeli Air Force said its aircraft had targeted more than 90 targets in the previous 24 hour period.

The incident occured at approximately 2:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • "Pictures of the damage to citizens' homes in Al-Maghazi camp today, as a result of the bombing " Image courtesy of @bani_basel
  • "The devastated Maghazi camp,central Gaza Strip" image courtesy of the Times of Gaza Twitter account
  • "The devastated Maghazi camp,central Gaza Strip" image courtesy of the Times of Gaza Twitter account
  • "The devastated Maghazi camp,central Gaza Strip" image courtesy of the Times of Gaza Twitter account
  • "Pictures of the devastation caused by the Israeli raids on the Maghazi camp in the central Gaza Strip" Image courtesy of @ayaaburamadan8
  • "Pictures of citizens' homes in Maghazi camp today damaged by shelling" Image courtesy of @shzaya60
  • "Pictures of citizens' homes in Maghazi camp today damaged by shelling" Images courtesy of @shzaya60

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention agricultural land 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:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–6
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]