Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT112

Incident date

May 18, 2021

Location

قرب مسجد خليل الرحمن, Vicinity of Khalil Al Rahman Mosque, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.499307, 34.463602 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

There were reports of at least two civilian injuries following an alleged Israeli airstrike on a building in the Al-Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza city on May 18th 2021, according to local reports.

The strike hit the home of the Aliwa family in Mansoura Street, next to Khalil al-Rahman Mosque, and resulted in injuries, reported Shehab.

The Safa Press Agency said: “An elderly person was injured due to the Israeli shelling on “Al-Mansoura Street” east of Gaza.” Palestine Today reported that the victim was taken to the Al-Shifa Medical Complex following the incident.

At 14:24 on May 18th, Al Ain News quoted the Israeli army as saying: “We targeted a Hamas cell inside a school in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City.” The Twitter user @c2_karel quoted the Israeli military as saying: “We targeted a missile development and production warehouse of the terrorist Hamas movement in Gaza.” Airwars also found the official statement from the IDF, which stated “20:19 – An aircraft attacked a Hamas cell in Sajaiya immediately after firing into Israeli territory. Also, the position of launching shrapnel was destroyed. The position is located inside a school, which proves once again how Hamas deliberately places its military assets in the heart of the civilian population.”

The incident occurred around 3:30pm.

The incident occured at approximately 3:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • "#Photos of bombing by warplanes east of Al-Shujaiya neighborhood" - Image courtesy of Hadth 24

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the vicinity of Khalil Al Rahman mosque (مسجد خليل الرحمن), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.499307, 34.463602. 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

20:19 - An aircraft attacked a Hamas cell in Sajaiya immediately after firing into Israeli territory. Also, the position of launching shrapnel was destroyed. The position is located inside a school, which proves once again how Hamas deliberately places its military assets in the heart of the civilian population.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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

Sources (18) [ collapse]