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

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
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known 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 Military Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

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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.


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Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]