Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT114

Incident date

May 19, 2021

Location

جحر الديك, Juhr Al Dik, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.458104, 34.439708 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

A 63-year-old farmer, Hajj Hasan Sami Borno, was reported to have been killed either in Israeli artillery shelling or as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest in the village Juhr Al Dik, southeast of Gaza city, on May 19 2021.

Some sources reported that Borno was killed as a result of warplanes bombing the village. Israeli thinktank the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre reported that Borno was killed by “IDF fire”.

Sources note that he was farming his land when the reported shelling occurred. A statement published by the Workers’ Council said: “It is a sad day for the families of the farmer worker, and for the hardworking workers, on which we mourn with great pain a martyr for a living, may God have mercy on him and inspire his family patience and solace.”

Borno’s daughter, Nada H Borno, posted on Facebook after her father’s death: “With more pride and honour, I mourn my father, the sweetness of my eyes, my beloved, and the joy of my heart”. His niece, Heba Salah, posted an image of a crowded funeral on Facebook, stating: “You saw the place of the martyr, God suffices us and He is the best agent. The meeting is heaven, God willing, my beloved uncle and my second father”.

OCHA published a statement by the Food Security Cluster, responsible for coordinating humanitarian aid in the area, that said: “partners have reported an increasing fear among farmers who attempt to access their agricultural lands, particularly following the killing of a farmer by Israeli forces on 19 May”.

No other civilian harm incidents were reported relating to this event.

The incident occured at 16:20:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery, Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Facebook post about Hasan Borno by his daughter, Nada Borno, after he was reportedly killed in Israeli artillery shelling or gunfire while farming in southeast Gaza, May 19 2021. The post reads: With more pride and honor, I mourn my father, the sweetness of my eyes, my beloved, and the joy of my heart #Martyr_Hassan_Al-Borno
  • A photo of Hasan Borno posted on Facebook from his own account after his death in an alleged Israeli artillery shelling or gunfire incident in southeast Gaza May 19 2021.
  • An image reporting to be from the funeral of Hasan Borno, posted by his niece, Heba Saleh, on Facebook. Borno was reportedly killed in Israeli artillery or gunfire on May 19 2021.
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    An image showing the face of Hasan Borno, posted by his niece, Heba Saleh, on Facebook. Saleh reported her uncle was killed in Gaza on May 19 2021.
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    An image of Hasan Borno taken at his funeral after being killed by alleged Israeli artillery shelling or gunfire on May 19 2021 while tending to his land. Image posted by Wajdi Mohammad on Facebook.
  • An image reporting to be the funeral of Hasan Borno, showing a large crowd gathered to mourn the 63 year old farmer, allegedly killed by Israeli artillery shelling or gunfire on May 19 2021 in southeast Gaza. Image posted on Facebook by Jehad Al Ashour.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Juhr Al Dik (حجر الديك), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.458104, 34.439708. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery, Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Causes of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions, Small arms and light weapons
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]