Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT098

Incident date

May 17, 2021

Location

عيادة الرمال، الرمال, Al Remal Clinic, Al Remal, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.519126, 34.450298 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (other)

Airwars assessment

A man and his infant daughter were reported killed and Dr Majed Salha was critically injured as were a further four other civilians, due to an an airstrike allegedly carried out by the Israeli Armed Forces that hit the Al-Shawwa building on May 17th, 2021. The missiles reportedly damaged adjacent buildings such as the Al Remal clinic, the only central Covid-19 laboratory in Gaza. At least three medical personnel were reported injured in the incident.

Al Monitor stated that the bombing of Al-Wehda Street by Israeli forces “killed a man and his infant daughter, and wounded dozens of civilians and health personnel”. It is unclear if they are referring to the man and child killed in ISPT096, which occurred close by.

Local sources provided information on civilian casualties claiming that 12 civilians, including two workers from the Ministry of Health and Dr Majed Salha from the Al-Rimal clinic were injured and brought to the Al-Shifa Medical Complex. Some of the civilians were injured in the strikes that occurred nearby – through witness testimony we’ve identified at least seven civilians injured in ISPT097, putting the number of civilians injured in this event at five or more, including three health personnel.

A Gaza resident claimed: “I took my son and rushed to the building of the Ministry of Health, but the strike reached the building and four people, including two workers from the Ministry of Health, were injured.”

It was reported that Dr. Salha was in his office providing telemedicine advice when the airstrike hit the adjacent building. He was brought to the intensive care unit at Al-Shifa Medical complex, in which he spent several days. It was noted by local sources that he is the 6th doctor effected by Israeli airstrikes.

Sheab news published a statement by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Yousseff abu Al-Rish, stating that due to the airstrike medical consultations and medical care and Covid-19 related medical assistance have been paused.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Health, Ashrad al-Quadra stated that services are suspended and a number of workers were injured.

The Middle East Eye concluded that the Al-Shawwa building was targeted by at least three missiles. Further local sources reported damage on adjacent buildings, such as an orphanage, a female high school, offices and Al Arabiya news added that the office of Qatar Red Crescent was also affected. All of the sources attributed the strikes to Israeli missiles.

Wim Zwijnenburg posted a geo-located assessment of the event, noting: “Geo-location of the Israeli air strike that damaged the Remal Clinic/Ministry of Health in #Gaza /Qatar Red Crescent Office, as noted by @ochaopt also shutting down #covid19 testing”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Dr Majed Salha Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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

Sources (46) [ collapse]

Media
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  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @Zakaria_k59)
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @Ehabhelou)
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @Ehabhelou)
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @Ehabhelou)
  • Damage to Al Rimal clinic, which was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @zainaayman3)
  • Al Rimal clinic and surrounding buildings were struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @AlmakdesyMedia)
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    Dr.Majed Salha, a doctor at Al Remal Clinic, was injured in strikes on the clinic on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @GendeyaAmeer)
  • Rescue crews arrive to help victims of the bombing of Al Remal clinic on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by Abu Fakhry Shadi via Facebook)
  • Dr.Majed Salha, a doctor at Al Remal Clinic, was injured in strikes on the clinic on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by Martyrs of Sands Health Center)
  • Dr.Majed Salha, a doctor at Al Remal Clinic, was injured in strikes on the clinic on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by Mohammad Aoudeh via Facebook)
  • Dr.Majed Salha, a doctor at Al Remal Clinic, was injured in strikes on the clinic on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by Mohammad Aoudeh via Facebook)
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @jnaim1)
  • Al Rimal clinic and surrounding buildings were struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @jnaim1)
  • Muhammad Al-Ajla, who survived the bombing of Al Rimal clinic on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Alhrazin Medical Center)
  • Muhammad Al-Ajla, who survived the bombing of Al Rimal clinic on September 8/9, 2021. (Image posted by Alhrazin Medical Center
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @rohantalbot)
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by Middle East Eye)
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @dimitrilascaris)
  • Palestinian employees of the Health Ministry gather outside al-Remal Martyrs Clinic during a general strike staged by civil servants to protest against the latest statements by the Palestinian national unity government on December 31, 2014 in Gaza City. Some 40,000 civil servants employed by the Hamas government stopped receiving salaries soon after the formation of the Palestinian unity government in June. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Debris in front of the Al-Remal Clinic, Gaza's sole Covid-19 testing laboratory, damaged following Israeli airstrikes, in Gaza City, Gaza, on Friday, May 21, 2021. Israel and the Hamas group that rules Gaza agreed to end an 11-day conflict thats devastated large swaths of the Palestinian enclave and sowed chaos in Israel. Photographer: Ahmad Salem/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • A pedestrian passes in front of the Al-Remal Clinic, Gaza's sole Covid-19 testing laboratory, damaged following Israeli airstrikes, in Gaza City, Gaza, on Friday, May 21, 2021. Israel and the Hamas group that rules Gaza agreed to end an 11-day conflict thats devastated large swaths of the Palestinian enclave and sowed chaos in Israel. Photographer: Ahmad Salem/Bloomberg via Getty Images
  • Al Rimal clinic was struck in alleged Israeli airstrikes on May 17, 2021. (Image posted by @rohantalbot)
  • Youssef Abu Reesh, Gaza’s deputy health minister, shows ‘The Independent’ the destroyed building housing Gaza’s only Covid lab
  • Destroyed offices of the health ministry building with the multi-storey building that was the target of the airstrikes in the background
  • A video shows how Dr, Majid Salha was injured seriously during the last war on Gaza . Dr salha was in Al rimal clinic. Israel was targeting civilians in Gaza to make the occupation felt by Palestinians. So they gave up their rights.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Remal (الرمال‎) clinic being struck within the neighborhood of Al Remal (الرمال‎). According to research conducted by @wammezz, and as confirmed by our geolocators, the exact coordinates for this strike are: 31.519126, 34.450298.

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
    2
  • (1 child1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • 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

Sources (46) [ collapse]