Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT1410

Incident date

December 2, 2023

Location

منزلا لعائلة مشتهى في حي الشجاعية شرقي مدينة غزة, A home for the Mushtaha family in the Shujaiya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On the afternoon of December 02, 2023, a home for the Mushtaha family on Nazir Street in the Shujaiya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City was bombed in an alleged Israeli airstrike, killing at least 20 civilians, many of them members of the Mushtaha family.

According to @SafaPs, 11 people were killed in the bombing of the Mushtaha family home. Airwars’ researchers identified 20 civilians killed in this incident. Among the deceased were Amjad Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha (Abu Haitham); his two sons, Haitham Amjad Mushtaha and Kamal Amjad Mushtaha; his brother, Nashat Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha (Abu Tariq); and his nephews Jaafar Magdy Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha and Hamza Magdy Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha.

Ayman Harbi Rushdi Saeed Amin Mushtaha; his mother, Umm Ayman; his wife, Alaa Nafez Hussein Amin Mushtaha (Al-Mukhtar Saber); and their children were killed in the incident along with Maha Khalaf (Umm Anas, wife of the martyr Muhammad Harbi Rushdi Saeed Amin Mushtaha) and Maha’s children. Mona Harbi Rushidi Saeed Amin Mushtaha (Umm Youssef, daughter of the martyr Mahmoud Harbi Rushdi Saeed Amin Mushtaha); and Mona’s son Youssef were also named as having been killed. A family relative named Fadi Mushtaha also named their cousin Hasib Muhammad Al-Hato Abu Yazan, their cousin’s son Moatasem Mamdouh Jamal Noman Salman Mushtaha, their “beloved” Mahmoud Al-Morashah, and their neighbour Moataz Aliwa Abu Omar as among those killed. Sharing his heartache, Fadi asked that God may accept them all.

In @Abu mohannad moshtaha’s post, which identified several of the victims, he stated how “God knows that I am in pain over the separation from you, my brothers, my lifelong friends, and the loved ones of my heart, my nephews, but we cannot be patient that you are martyrs in the heavens of bliss. I do not say goodbye, but we will meet you in heaven, God willing. Oh God, they are your guests, so honour them with gardens as wide as the heavens and the earth.”

Weeks after the incident @Gaza Martyrs wrote about Moatasem Mamdouh Jamal Noman Salman Mushtaha, a 25-year-old “creative individual in the field of design with several accomplishments. He was known for his ever-present smile, his kindness, and his interactions with people. [Moatasem] was martyred 10 days after the martyrdom of his close friend, martyr Hussam Abu Samra.” The post lamented how “another smile” has been lost in Gaza.

The majority of sources only reported on “a large number” of people killed without details while the Palestinian Civil Defense “transported a number of casualties” after the strike on the Mushtaha home. An image posted by @boodi4 shows a infant who was reportedly killed in the strike.

The Palestinian Civil Defense posted images of civil defence crews searching through the rubble of the home and trying to put out the fire caused by the strike.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

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The incident occured in the afternoon.

The victims were named as:

Family members (20)

Amjad Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha امجد كمال نعمان سلمان مشتهى
Adult male killed
Haitham Amjad Mushtaha هيثم امجد مشتهى
male killed
Kamal Amjad Mushtaha كمال امجد مشتهى
male killed
Nashat Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha نشأت كمال نعمان سلمان مشتهى
male killed
Jaafar Magdy Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha جعفر مجدي كمال نعمان سلمان مشتهى
male
Hamza Magdy Kamal Noman Salman Mushtaha حمزه مجدي كمال نعمان سلمان مشتهى
male killed
Moatasem Mamdouh Jamal Noman Salman Mushtaha معتصم ممدوح جمال نعمان سلمان مشتهى
25 years old male killed
Ayman Harbi Rushdi Saeed Amin Mushtaha ايمن حربي رشدي سعيد امين مشتهى
Adult male killed
Mother of Ayman والدة ايمن
Adult female killed
Alaa Nafez Hussein Amin Mushtaha الاء نافز حسين امين مشتهى
Adult female killed
Children of Ayman and Alaa ابناء ايمن والاء
Child killed
Children of Ayman and Alaa ابناء ايمن والاء
Child killed
Maha Khalaf مها خلف
Adult female killed
Children of Maha ابناء مها
Child killed
Children of Maha ابناء مها
Child killed
Mona Harbi Rushdi Saeed Amin Mushtaha منى حربي رشدي سعيد امين مشتهى
Adult female killed
Youssef, son of Mona يوسف
male killed
Hasib Al-Hato Abu Yazan حسيب الحتو ابو يزن
Mahmoud Al-morashah محمود المرشح
Moataz Aliwa Abu Omar معتز عليوة ابو عمر

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20
  • (5–9 children4 women4–8 men)
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Palestinian Civil Defense
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    Source: Abu mohannad moshtaha
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    Source: Abu mohannad moshtaha
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    Source: Khaled Mushtaha
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    Source: Khaled Mushtaha
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    Source: Khaled Mushtaha
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    Source: Khaled Mushtaha
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    Source: Khaled Mushtaha
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    Source: Khaled Mushtaha
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    Source: Khaled Mushtaha
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    Source: @GazaMartyrs
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    Source: @GazaMartyrs
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    Source: @boodi4

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    20
  • (5–9 children4 women4–8 men)
  • 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 (30) [ collapse]