Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT124

Incident date

May 20, 2021

Location

عمارة الرائد, Al Raed building, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.523521, 34.455308 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians including a baby were injured, one seriously, in a strike on an apartment building in the al-Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City in the afternoon of May 20, 2021.

Various sources report an airstrike hitting the al-Raed building, which was a mixed-use residential and commercial building, destroying the apartment and ground-floor shops, including a toy shop.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reported that the damage had been caused by two missiles. The al-Raed building is located in the affluent al-Rimal neighbourhood, close to the Palestine Mosque and the national stadium.

Sources report that between four and seven civilians were injured in the strikes, with news outlet Palinfo noting that an entire family, including children, had been injured in the strike.

Israel has not explicitly acknowledged responsibility for the strike or for the civilian harm caused. However, in a statement made by the IDF on 20 May 2021, it published an infographic depicting strikes carried out that day, which includes various strikes in the vicinity of the al-Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City.

The incident occured at approximately 1:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–7
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (23) [ collapse]

  • Image showing distressed woman holding baby. A baby was reported injured in the May 20th, 2021 strike in Al Rimal neighbourhood (image via @Tmimi_97)
  • Image captions indicates the image shows damage to the Al-Raed building in the al-Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City on May 20th, 2021 (image via @S88Ashi)
  • Image reportedly shows damage to the Al-Raed building in Al-Rimal neighbourhood. An airstrike hit the building on May 20th, 2021 leading to several injuries (image via @S88Ashi)
  • The Al-Raed building was hit by an alleged Israeli airstrike on May 20th, 2021. Several injuries were reported (image via @S88Ashi)
  • Image captions indicates it shows damage to the Al-Raed building in the al-Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City on May 20th, 2021 (image via @S88Ashi)
  • Translated image caption: Al-Raed building that was targeted by the occupation in Gaza City (image via @plespost)
  • Translated image caption: Al-Raed building that was targeted by the occupation in Gaza City (image via @plespost)
  • Image caption indicates the image shows the damage to the Al-Raed building. The building was hit by an alleged Israeli airstrike hit on May 20th, 2021. Up to seven civilians were reportedly injured (image via @plespost)
  • Several civilians were injured after an airstrike was reported to have hit Al-Raed building on May 20th, 2021 (image via @plespost)
  • Translated caption reads: #Photos.. of injuries and raids that recently hit separate areas of Gaza, including the Al-Raed building in Gaza City and a house in Rafah (image via @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Translated caption reads: #Photos.. of injuries and raids that recently hit separate areas of Gaza, including the Al-Raed building in Gaza City and a house in Rafah (image via @alqudsnewspaper)
  • The image appears to show a paramedic looking after a baby. A baby was reportedly among the injured in a strike on a building in Al-Rimal neighbourhood on May 20th, 2021 (image via @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Image shared online alongside photos of another incident. It is unclear if this image comes from the Al-Rimal neighbourhood strike on May 20th, 2021 (image via @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Translated image caption: An entire family was injured by various wounds due to the Israeli bombing of a residential apartment in the centre of Gaza City (via @PalinfoAr)
  • Up to seven civilians were reportedly injured, including a baby, in an alleged Israeli airstrike on May 20th, 2021 (via @PalinfoAr)
  • Up to seven civilians were reportedly injured in a strike on a building in Gaza's Al-Rimal neighbourhood. Caption on this image indicates that this is one of the injured civilians (image via @PalinfoAr)
  • Medical staff give treatment to a baby. A baby was reportedly injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on May 20th, 2021 in Gaza's Al-Rimal neighbourhood (image via @PalinfoAr)
  • A video of the Al-Raed building in Gaza, which was subjected to an Israeli bombardment, causing great damage and wounding a number of citizens
  • Al-Raed building in Gaza, which was subjected to an Israeli terrorist bombing, causing great damage and wounding a number of citizens lsrael is a terrorist state #GazaUnderAttak #savesheikhjarrahً

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Al Raed Building (عمارة الرائد) being struck in the Rimal (حي الرمال) neighbourhood of Gaza (غَزَّة). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.523521, 34.455308

  • Reports of the incident mention the Al Raed Building (عمارة الرائد) being struck in the Rimal (حي الرمال) neighbourhood of Gaza (غَزَّة).

    Imagery:
    Planet

  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @plespost

  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @Boomdotnews

  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @ibrahimalwadia

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4–7
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]