Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT120

Incident date

May 19, 2021

Location

السطر, Al Sitar, The Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.364694, 34.321869 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

On May 20th, 2021, one woman was killed and up to ten civilians, including up to four children and two women, were injured as a result of an airstrike on the al-Sitar al-Gharbi neighborhood in Khan Yunis.

Israeli warplanes fired a missile at 5:10am at the al-Khawaldah family home. The Palestintian Center for Human Rights reported that seven were injured in the al-Kawaldah family home, including two women and two children in the al-Kawaldah family. One of the injured had to have his leg amputated. The strike also damaged the home of the neighboring al-Khozondar family, killing 32 year old Huda Salah Rabi’a al-Khozondar and injuring her husand, Na’elah Rabi’a al-Khuzondar, and her two year old daughter, Malak al-Khozondar.

Multiple sources confirmed the death of Huda, but differed on the injury count, with some reporting four and others reporting up to ten. The Herald reported “Weam Fares, a spokesman for a nearby hospital, confirmed her death and said at least 10 people were wounded in strikes overnight.”

The injured were taken to Nasser Governmental Hospital, according to Safa News.

Between two to four children were reported injured as a result of the strikes, with the Palestinian Center for Human Rights reporting three children were injured, and @KightRises_ on Twitter reporting four children were injured.

Al Araby News said that the strikes occurred without warning and attributed them to Israeli warplanes.

The incident occured at approximately 5:10 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (57) [ collapse]

Media
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    A man injured in strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @MuathHumaid)
  • A casualty from strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @MuathHumaid)
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    A baby injured in strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @MuathHumaid)
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    A baby injured in strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @MuathHumaid)
  • A baby being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @pl24online)
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    A child injured in strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @pl24online)
  • https://www.alwatanvoice.com/arabic/news/2021/05/20/1414990.html
  • A baby being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Al Watan)
  • A baby being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Al Watan)
  • Destruction to homes caused by strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Al Watan News)
  • Destruction to homes caused by strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Al Watan News)
  • Destruction to homes caused by strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Al Watan News)
  • Destruction to homes caused by strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @PalinfoAr)
  • A martyr and injuries, including children, as the occupation targeted a house for the Khawaldeh family in the western line in Khan Yunis
  • Funeral for Huda Al-Khaznadar, killed in strikes on her home in Khan Younis on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Ismail Farid via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Huda Al-Khaznadar, killed in strikes on her home in Khan Younis on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Ismail Farid via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Huda Al-Khaznadar, killed in strikes on her home in Khan Younis on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Hamza Zwba via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Huda Al-Khaznadar, killed in strikes on her home in Khan Younis on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Hamza Zwba via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Huda Al-Khaznadar, killed in strikes on her home in Khan Younis on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Hamza Zwba via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Huda Al-Khaznadar, killed in strikes on her home in Khan Younis on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by Hamza Zwba via Facebook)
  • #Watch the story of the assassination of the martyr Hoda Al-Khaznadar in Khan Yunis by the Israeli occupation in cold blood
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    A man injured in strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @AqsaTVChannel)
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    A child being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @LebUpdate)
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    A child being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @LebUpdate)
  • A baby being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @LebUpdate)
  • Destruction to homes caused by strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @LebUpdate)
  • A man being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @KnightRises_)
  • A baby being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @KnightRises_)
  • A baby being treated for its wounds sustained during strikes on the Al-Satar Al-Gharbi area on May 20, 2021. (Image posted by @KnightRises_)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Al Sitar (السطر) area, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.364694, 34.321869. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Al Sitar (السطر) area.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Israeli Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Armed Forces
  • Israeli Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Armed Forces

Sources (57) [ collapse]