Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT094

Incident date

May 17, 2021

Location

شارع أبو حصيرة, Abou Hassira street, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.528054, 34.437933 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between one and three people were killed and ten others were injured in a reported airstrike by the Israeli armed forces. The attack hit a car on the Abou Hassira roundabout in west Gaza. One combatant was also killed, confirmed by militant group Al Qassam.

PCHR Gaza reported that at approximately 12:30 pm the Israeli forces targeted a car on Abu Hassira street and local sources identified the car as a white Citroen car.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre stated that the airstrike targeted the car, as it was suspected of carrying a rocket-launching squad. Furthermore the Daily Mail reported that members of Hamas were inside the car that were allegedly responsible for launching an autonomous submarine.

No other sources mention that militants were in the car at the time of the attack.

According to SHMS news, three people were killed in the attack and 10 civilians were injured. Local sources identified the civilian killed as Adeeb Al-Sourani (43), the driver of the car (taxi). Mr Al-Sourani was from the Al-Shuja’iya neighbourhood. Sources reported that after the car was hit people rushed to help and an ambulance came to the place of the incident to rescue the people inside of the car.

KyleJGlen, an open-source intelligence analyst and co-founder of the Twitter feed Conflict news, tweeted that the airstrike reminded him of a R9X strike, but asserted that according to his knowledge the Israeli defence forces do not possess such weaponry.

Almayadeen News published a report stating that a spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed the attack on a civilian car and the killing of three people near the Abu Hasira junction.

The death of the belligerent Ahmed Khalil Hegazy Al-Louh (32), a member of Al Qassam, the military wing of Hamas, was confirmed by Alquassam.ps News. He was killed during the attack near the Abu Hassira roundabout. Local sources mentioned that he was a resident of the Al-Sabra neighbourhood.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Adeeb Al-Sourani 43 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (82) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Image of car hit in alleged Israeli airstrikes on 17th May 2021, killing up to three people and one combatant. Posted by PalastineNow
  • Image of the car hit by alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17th 2021. Image posted by PalastineNow.
  • Image of the front seat of the car hit by alleged Israeli strikes on May 17th 2021; signs of the driver reported killed in the attack in the front seat of the car. Image posted by PalastineNow.
  • People gather round the car hit in alleged Israeli strikes on May 17th 2021, killing up to three people and injuring another 10. Image posted by PalastineNow.
  • Image showing the destruction of the car hit in alleged Israeli strikes in Gaza, May 17th 2021. Image posted by PalastineNow.
  • Combatant Ahmed Khalil Hegazy Al-Louh, aged 32, killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Gaza May 17th, 2021. Image posted by Alqassam.ps.
  • Ahmed Khalil Hegazy Al-Louh (32), killed alongside one to three civilians, in a an alleged Israeli airstrike May 17th 2021. Image posted by Alqassam.ps.
  • Member of Al Qassam Ahmed Khalil Hegazy Al-Louh (32), killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike May 17th 2021. Image via Alqassam.ps.
  • Image of Ahmed Khalil Hegazy Al-Louh (32), posted by militant group Al Qassam, after Mr Louh was killed in an alleged Israeli strike on Gaza May 17th 2021, alongside between one and three civilians. Image posted by Alqassam.ps.
  • Image posted on Kamal Al-Louh's own Facebook account, after he was killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Gaza May 17th 2021. Al Qassam noted that Mr Louh was a member of their militant organisation. Image vis Kamal Al-louh Facebook.
  • Image posted by an assumed relative of Kamal Al Louh - a member of Al Qassam, killed in an alleged Israeli strike on Gaza May 17th 2021. Image via Rami Allouh Facebook.
  • Image posted of Al Qassam combatant Ahmed Al-Louh, killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Gaza, May 17th 2021. Image posted on Twitter by hjaz39596511.
  • Image of Adeeb Al-Sourani, a civilian killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Gaza 17th May 2021. Image via @IslamMohisen
  • The car hit in an alleged Israeli strike near Abu Hasira on May 17th 2021, killing up to three people. Image posted on Twitter by @qudsn.
  • Children gather around the car hit in an alleged Israeli strike in Gaza 17th May 2021, killing up to three people. Image posted on Twitter via @qudsn.
  • The car hit in an alleged Israeli airstrike on May 17th 2021 in Gaza, near Abu Hasira roundabout. Image posted via @qudsn.
  • View of the roundabout showing the wreckage of a car hit in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17th 2021 Gaza, killing up to three people and injuring 10 others. Image posted on Twitter via @NewspressPs.
  • The car hit by an alleged Israeli airstrike, posted on Twitter by @YouthGoDigital.
  • The car hit by alleged Israeli airstrikes, May 17th 2021 on Gaza. Up to three people were killed in the attack, and ten civilians were injured. Image posted by Almayadeen news outlet.
  • People crowd around a car hit in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Gaza May 17th 2021; up to three people were killed and 10 wounded. Image posted by SHMS News.
  • An image highlighting civilian Adeeb Al-Sourani, killed when an alleged Israeli strike hit a car in Gaza May 17th 2021. Image posted on Facebook by Abo Al'abd.
  • "Gaza is under bombardment....pray for us" - posted by Abo Al'abd on Facebook, alongside an image of the victim of an Israeli airstrike on a car in Gaza 17th May 2021.
  • Adeeb Sourani, aged 43, was reported killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Abu Hasira junction, May 17th 2021. Image posted on Twitter via @Pal_Shaheed.
  • Abeeb al Sourani, aged 44, killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike on Gaza, May 17th 2021. Image posted on Twitter via @Betelgeuse100.
  • Al Qassam member Ahmed Al Louh, killed in an alleged Israeli strike on a car in Gaza, May 17th 2021. Image posted on Twitter by @Betelgeuse100.

Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck on Abou Hassira ( شارع أبو حصيرة) street. Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.528054, 34.437933.

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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 harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • 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 attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (82) [ collapse]