Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT122

Incident date

May 19, 2021

Location

شارع السكه ,جباليا‎, Al Sikka Street (شارع السكه), east of Jabalia (جباليا‎), the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.528803, 34.502871 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Street

Airwars assessment

A young girl between 9 and 12 years old, Dima Saad Asaliya, was reportedly killed in an alleged Israeli missile strike on Al Sikka street in Shasha neighbourhood of Gaza on May 19 2021. Another five other civilians were also reportedly injured in the attack.

Dima Asaliya’s father, Sa’ad Asaliya, a taxi driver in northern Gaza, posted an image of his daughter on Facebook after the incident. He told local sources that he had seen the missile hit the area from where he was standing on the roof of his building. He called an ambulance immediately, and only discovered the body of his daughter after the dust had cleared. Mr. Asalyia commented to Wafa news outlet: “What did my child do to make a missile turn her into pieces? Didn’t the occupying country, which possesses the technology, recognize that she is a child?”.

B’Tselem also collected testimony from Dima’s father: On Wednesday, 19 May 2021, at around 8:00 P.M., my daughter Dima, 10, went to her sister Irina’s, 26, to get a baking pot. My wife was making pita bread and needed the pot. Irina’s house is 50 meters away from ours. I was standing on the roof and saw Dima coming back with the pot. Just then, there was a loud explosion behind our house. I thought the missile had hit farmland about 20 meters away. There was a huge ball of dust and fire, and the force of the blast knocked me down. I didn’t think for a moment that the plane had struck my little girl. I immediately called the Civil Defense services and told them there’d been a bombing by my house and there might be people wounded or dead. I looked out at the main street to give them instructions where to go to, and then I saw a body lying on the ground. I still didn’t understand who it was. I told the ambulance driver that there was a body down below and asked him to wait a moment so I could climb down from the roof and check who it was. I went down and walked towards the body. Then I found it was my daughter Dima. I saw her lying dead, motionless. Meanwhile, my brothers and neighbors arrived, but I got to her first. I was in shock. I stood there and didn’t know what to do. I picked her up, but still didn’t know what to do. My brother Sa’id took her, put her in my brother Fathi’s car and drove her to hospital. After he drove off, I went inside to evacuate my family, because I was afraid there would be another bombing. Meanwhile, the ambulance arrived, but there were no more dead or wounded so he drove away. My brother Sa’id called me from the Indonesian Hospital in northern Gaza and told me that Dima had arrived at the hospital lifeless and that she was dead. I started crying and screaming and reciting verses from the Quran. Why did they hit Dima? She was just a young girl holding a pot. It’s a horrifying crime against an innocent girl. Dima was my life and the flower of the house. She was the youngest. My home has become dark. Every child who comes into the house reminds me of Dima. Everyone loved her, family, neighbors, friends.”

Andalou Agency reported on the event after interviewing Dima’s father: “The little girl, “Dima Asaliya”, took a short way to her married sister’s house, to borrow a small electric oven, which her mother requested, so that she could cook bread before the power cut. The 11-year-old girl, Dima, went on her way to her sister’s house, which is only 50 meters away from her house, and in the middle is an empty plot of land. It was only moments until the Israeli fighters launched a missile at the empty plot of land, leaving it stained with blood.”

In her home, east of Jabalia refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, a tent of sadness covered the sky, where everyone was shocked by the horror of what had happened.”

Sa’ad Asalyia described his daughter to Andalou Agency as the “angel of the house”. Speaking to the New York Times, Asalyia wondered if Israeli soldiers mistook the electric oven Dima was carrying for a weapon: “Maybe their alarms went off because of the stove… but did they not see how small she was?”.

According to a tweet from @same76335451, the victims of the strikes were taken to the Indonesian Hospital for treatment.

Sources described the weapon used as a missile launched from a weaponised Israeli reconnaissance drone. The incident took place the day before a ceasefire was agreed.

The incident occured at 20:05:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (44) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • The body of young girl Dima Saad Asaliya, reportedly killed in an alleged Israeli strike in Shashaa neighbourhood of Gaza on May 19 2021. Image posted by @asem190asem via Twitter.
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    Video posted on Twitter by @Ahmed_Jamalk reporting to show a domestic kitchen hit by alleged Israeli missiles on May 19 2021, including evidence of civilian harm. Caption reads: Enemy Targets Bank, a little girl is going to bring an electric cooker to bake bread expose their crimes. The child martyr Dima Asaliya, 11 years old... A living became a crime
  • A friend or relative mourning the body of Dima Alsiya, a young girl killed in alleged Israeli missiles on Shasha neighbourhood, Gaza on May 19 2021. Image posted by Andalou Agency.
  • Friends and relatives mourn the body of Dima Saad Asaliya reportedly killed in Israeli missile strikes May 19 2021. Image posted by Andalou Agency.
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    Dima Saad Asaliya pictured crying with fear during reported missile attacks in Gaza, and later filmed at the morgue after being killed in alleged Israeli missile strikes on May 19 2021. Image and video posted on Facebook by Abo Adam Yosef.
  • A man mourns Dima Saad Asaliya at her funeral, a young child killed in an alleged Israeli missile in Shasha, Gaza, May 19 2021. Image posted by Shihab news via Facebook.
  • The body of Dima Saad Asaliya wrapped for her funeral, after being killed in reported Israeli missile attacks in Shasha, Gaza, May 19 2021. Image posted by Shihab news via Facebook.
  • A woman kisses the head of Dima Saad Asaliya, reportedly killed in an Israeli missile attack on Shasha, Gaza, May 19 2021. Image posted by Shihab news via Facebook.
  • Women mourning for Dima Saad Asaliya at her funeral, after alleged Israeli missiles killed the young girl on May 19 2021. Image posted by Shihab news via Facebook.
  • Video footage of an alleged Israeli strike incident in Shasha Gaza May 19 2021, alongside videos of the funeral of Dima Saad Asaliya; a young child reported to have been killed in the attack. Image posted on Youtube by Aldadth.
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    Footage taken in the morgue of Dima Saad Asaliya, a young girl reportedly killed by Israeli missiles on May 19 2021 in Shasha neighbourhood, Gaza. Video includes the funeral procession. Posted on Facebook by Hema.elmasry.946.

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention Al Sikka Street (شارع السكه), east of Jabalia (جباليا‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.528803, 34.502871. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • eports of the incident mention Al Sikka Street (شارع السكه), east of Jabalia (جباليا‎).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (44) [ collapse]