Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

M21ISPT117

Incident date

May 19, 2021

Location

المصري ,دير البلح, Al Mashaaleh, Dier Al Balah, Deir Al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.413506, 34.333297 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Artillery caused extensive destruction to the Al-Masry family home, according to local sources, on May 19th 2021 in the neighbourhood of Al Mashaaleh, within the town of Deir Al Balah, in Gaza. Up to two people were reportedly seriously injured.

According to Safa, the Palestinian Press Agency, the attack happened at 5.10pm.

Local sources, such as @sabaahamzeh1, attributed this attack to “Israeli warplanes.”

The majority of sources reported that there were “two serious injuries” that were taken to the hospital for treatment. However, Alwasta News identified only one serious injury from the strikes.

Al Haq reported that during the period between 17th May and 19th May, they “documented the targeting of 14 residential properties throughout the Gaza Strip, causing their partial or complete destruction, only four of the owners having reported prior warning by the IOF, including civilian properties in various locations throughout the Gaza Strip,” and included the Al-Masry family house in this list.

It was reported since that Yasser Al-Masry Abu Musab, Commander of the Deir al-Balah Brigade of Al-Qassam died from injuries that he sustained in this attack.

The incident occured at 17:10:00 local time.

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Al Mashaaleh (المصري) neighborhood, within the town of Deir Al Balah (دير البلح), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.413506, 34.333297. 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 Mashaaleh (المصري) neighborhood, within the town of Deir Al Balah (دير البلح).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Damage to the Al-Masry family Deir Al Balah on May 19, 2021. (Image posted by @EA_770)
  • family Deir Al Balah on May 19, 2021. (Image posted by @EA_770)
  • family Deir Al Balah on May 19, 2021. (Image posted by @EA_770)
  • family Deir Al Balah on May 19, 2021. (Image posted by @EA_770)
  • Strikes posted by @Zain_Nagdiya
  • Strikes posted by @Zain_Nagdiya
  • Strikes posted by @Zain_Nagdiya

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]