Israel and Gaza 2023

Satellite imagery, screenshot from Google Earth, October 2023

Belligerent
Israeli Military
Country
the Gaza Strip
start date
end date
Civilian Harm Status
Belligerent Assessment
Declassified Documents
Infrastructure

Incident Code

ISPT0255

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

جوار محطة بنزين الراضي, Vicinity of Radi Petrol Station, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.454369, 34.379306 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Monday, 16 October 2023, at least five civilian members of the Dr. Fakhri Radi family, including two women and three children, were killed, and large number of civilians were reportedly injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Radi family’s home located behind the Radi Petrol Station in the west of the Nuseirat camp in the Gaza Strip.

Mieylam Media quoted the Ministry of the Interior in Gaza, confirming that there were “martyrs and wounded in an Israeli bombing of the Radi family home”. Wafa news reported that a “number of martyrs were killed and dozens were wounded in an Israeli raid on a house for the Radi family.”

According to a Facebook user Maysoon Diab Awad and the Palestinian refugee portal, the house belonged to Dr. Fakhri Radi, the head of the Humanities Department at al-Ummah University. Local sources indicated that he survived the bombing along with some of his children and his wife Rabab Rayan – however, members of his family, including his other wife alongside his four-year old daughter Zeinab Fakhri Sabri Radi, were killed. Dr. Radi’s brother-in-law Ali Rayan wrote a condolence message on Facebook for him, mourning the loss of his wife and daughter.

A family relative Rana Radi mourned the death of two boys, an eight-year old Zaid Sabri Musleh Radi and a six-year old Hamza Sabri Musleh Radi. She attached an image of the deceased children, her “beloved smiling birds of paradise”, sitting on the coach and smiling.

A Facebook user Amna and Radi shared a condolence message for his/her aunt Asmahan Radi who was also a victim of the attack.  Sources did not specify the names or details of any of those injured, and it is unclear if Dr. Fakhri Radi or his surviving wife and children were among the injured.

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

Where sources identified the belligerents all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Dr. Fakhri Radi's wife
Adult female killed
Zeinab Fakhri Sabri Radi
4 years old female Dr. Fakhri Radi's child killed Matched to MoH ID 438390023
Zaid Sabri Musleh Radi
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435810270
Hamza Sabri Musleh Radi
6 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 438488637
Asmahan Radi
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Source: Rana Radi

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Radi Petrol Station (جوار محطة بنزين الراضي) to the west of Nuseirat (النصيرات), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.454369, 34.379306. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5
  • (3 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0256

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

منازل المدنيين شرق جحر الديك بالمنطقة الوسطى, TIKA Towers, Juhr al-Dik, central Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On Monday, October 16th, 2023, alleged Israeli artillery shelling struck the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) residential towers, situated in Juhr al-Dik, northeast of al-Wusta in central Gaza, reportedly killing at least three children, with an unknown number of injuries and individuals trapped under the rubble.

In response, a Facebook post by Khamis Hussein urgently appealed to the Civil Defense for assistance in the rescue of civilians. While Mustafa Ahmad posted a picture documenting the bombardment, BAN Indonesia extended their condolences to the family of the victims, sharing video footage of one father bidding farewell to his child after being carried to al-Ahly al-Arabi Hospital (al-Mamadani) in the al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City. One source, Safa News, described the children as arriving “in pieces”. @PalinfoAr reported “injuries” but did not specify how many. No other details were available about the identity of the deceased or the condition of the injured civilians.

Where sources identified a belligerent, all sources attributed the strike to Israeli forces. Sources were conflicted as to whether the bombing was artillery or by military aircraft.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Source: Mustafa Ahmad
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Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0260

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

منزل في محيط مركز شرطة الزيتون بغزة, Vicinity of al-Zaytoun Police Station in Gaza City, Gaza City, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

In the morning of Monday, October 16th, 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike which struck a residential building situated in the vicinity of the al-Zaytoun Police Station, east of Gaza City, reportedly killed two civilians. Further details about the identity of the victims are unknown.

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

The incident is believed to have occurred at approximately 7:30am local time, according to the Palestinian Press Agency.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at approximately 7:30 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Source: Tunisian mix

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
    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 (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0275

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

مخيم النصيرات, Nuseirat camp, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.437817, 34.388418 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the afternoon of October 16th, a number of people, including a child, were reportedly killed and injured as a result of an alleged Israeli airstrike, which hit the house of the Abu Hassanein family in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. Local sources have only specified the death of the child, who remains unnamed, and otherwise claimed a “number” of others had been killed or injured. Specific figures have not yet been released.

Tweets from @PalinfoAr and others reported and included an image of the child who had been killed and was uncovered from the rubble of the Abu Hassanein family home. On Facebook, a post from Mohannah Kafafi also included a video and stated that the child was displaced from one of the families from the Northern Gaza Strip.

Nabd News posted images of the destruction caused by the bombing on the house of the Abu Hassanein family, and a tweet from @AIMayadeenLive stated that the attack was in the vicinity of the military camps police station in the Central Governorate of the Gaza Strip.

All sources attributed the strike to Israeli forces.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

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    Source: Nabd news
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    Source: @PalinfoAr
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    Source: @Boutarbouch1
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    Source: @meast7th
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    Source: @Nfahatalaqsa
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    Source: @SafaPs
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    Source: Nawal
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Pps post
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    Source: Resheed
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Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention Nuseirat camp (مخيم النصيرات) to the east of Deir al Balah (دير البلح). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.437817, 34.388418.

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  • Imagery:
    Palestine Post

  • Imagery:
    Palestine Post

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
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 child)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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 (22) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0238

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

بالقرب المستشفى الأهلي العربي, Vicinity of Arab National Hospital, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.505085, 34.461535 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Monday, October 16, 2023, seven civilians were killed, including a journalist of al-Aqsa TV Issam Mohammad Sabhi Bahar, two women and four children, and several others, including an infant, were injured, in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Bahar family house near the Arab National Hospital in Gaza city.

A Facebook post by Asnaa Adel mourned the death of her relatives and reported the names of the victims: 38-year old Issam Mohammad Sabhi Bahar was killed together with his 33-year old wife Yasmin al-Seqali (Yasmeen Jamal Mahmoud Bahar), their 14-year old son Nizar Rayan Issam Bahar, Issam’s 21-year old sister Hanan Mohammad Bahar, and her three children.

It remains unknown how many people were injured and in what condition they were in. A family relative Iman Ali in his Facebook post shared the images of the wounded children, including an infant Yusra Bahar. He said that the rest of the family members are “injured or missing”.

The Journalists Support Committee condemned the killing of Issam Mohammad Bahar, who worked for the Al Aqsa TV channel, which is run by the Islamist group Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip. The International Federation of Journalists, Watan news and Al Mayadeen also reported about his death. Mohsen Alafranji wrote on the social platform Twitter/X that his fellow journalist was killed along with a number of his family members, as a result of an attack on a house where he was sheltering with his family.

Relatives and journalists left heartfelt tributes on Facebook. M.A. Mohammad Ibrahim described the death of “my friend and brother, the honorable Sheikh Issam Muhammad Bahar, with his wife and son – martyrs as a result of a Zionist bombing. He left for eternal paradise. May God accept you in Paradise,” attaching an image of the middle-aged man in an Islamic prayer hat and white shirt.

The journalist’s cousin, Asmaa Adel, recollected his religious activities too: “We will miss your voice, my cousin, as you give the call to prayer at the mosque and address people 😭😭 We will miss the kind and gentle face of his wife, Yasmine 😭😭 God chose the best people and took them to Him.”

Mustafa Matar wrote about his painful loss in his testimony: “My beloved friend Essam Muhammad Bahar was martyred.. You broke my back, Essam 😢”. The brother-in-law of the killed journalist, Muhammad Jamal Al-Sikali, wrote in his tribute: “The martyrdom of my sister Yasmine, her husband Sheikh Essam Muhammad Bahar, her son Nizar Bahar, and a number of martyrs from the Bahar family.”

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

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

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

Issam Mohammad Sabhi Bahar عصام محمد بهار
38 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 800311797
Yasmin Al Seqali (Yasmeen Jamal Mahmoud Bahar) ياسمين السيقلي
33 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 802758136
Nizar Rayan Issam Bahar نزار عصام بهار
14 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 429389133
Hanan Mohammad Sabeh Bahar حنان محمد بهار
21 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 408127124
Child of Hanan طفل حنان
Child killed
Child of Hanan طفل حنان
Child killed
Child of Hanan طفل حنان
Child killed
Yusra Bahar
Child female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (4 children2 women1 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: Iman Ali
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    Source: Iman Ali
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    Source: Iman Ali
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    Source: M.A. Mohammed Ibrahim
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    Source: @mostafajuha
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    Source: Wattan.net news
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    Source: Journalistsupport.net news

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the Arab National Hospital (المستشفى الاهلي العربي), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.505085, 34.461535. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    7
  • (4 children2 women1 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 (13) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0262

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

جوار قاعة ابو سرار, Vicinity of Abu Sarar Hall, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.453178, 34.386007 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Monday,16th October 2023, an alleged Israeli bombardment hit the al-Naami family home behind Abu Sarar hall in the al-Nuseirat camp in the Gaza Strip, causing injuries. Airwars has not been able to find details on victims or corroboration of their status and will continue to monitor reports on this incident.

Airwars has graded this incident as a single source claim due to the sources repeating identical information from one original source.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Abu Sarar Hall (قاعة ابو سرار) to the west of Deir al Balah (دير البلح), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.453178, 34.386007. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0245

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

Residential apartment belonging to the Abu Shawish family in Hamad Town, Gaza strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

At approximately midnight on October 16th, 2023, at least one civilian, a young man, was killed, and four others were injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on a residential apartment in Hamad town, Khan Yunis, the Gaza strip.

Initial reportage from Shehab Agency stated a ‘number of casualties’ as a result of the bombing, with a later update from Shehab specifying that there were at least ‘one martyr and a number of injuries.’ The Palestine Information Center noted that the building bombed belonged to the Abu Shawish family, and that a ‘young man was martyred and several injuries have been recovered until this moment’ while Al-Sharq News reported that the strike resulted in the death of a Palestinian and the injury of four others.

One of the images showed a specific apartment in a particular block in Hamad town had been struck. A tweet from @aboodka_04 identified the names of those killed and injured. 18-year-old Ahmed Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish was killed and 14-year-old Muhammad Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, 24-year-old Rami Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, 17-year-old Bahaa Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, and 44-year-old Ibtisam Ibrahim Abu Shawish were injured. There was no publicly available information to indicate any of them were militants.

A post from Khaled Ali Goevel included a condolence message for Ahmed Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, who was a former student, and included an image of them both from an honours ceremony. Ahmed’s father Anwar and brother Mahmoud both posted condolence messages as well, with Anwar describing his son as “you were always smiling in your life, never leave your smile.”

Hamad Housing specified the location of the strike as a high floor in tower E5 in Hamad residential city. According to Arab Events, the body of the young man who was killed arrived at Nasser Medical Complex.

Airwars has matched Ahmed’s name with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers released on October 26th.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strike to Israeli forces. According to Anwar Abu Shawish, whose son Ahmed was killed, the strike occurred without warning.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at approximately 12:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Muhammad Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish محمد انور احمد ابو شاويش
14 years old male injured
Rami Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish ورامى انور احمد ابو شاويش
24 years old male injured
Bahaa Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish بهاء انور احمد ابو شاويش
17 years old male injured
Ibtisam Ibrahim Abu Shawish ابتسام ابراهيم ابو شاويش
44 years old male injured
Ahmed Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish احمد انور احمد ابو شاويش
18 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 422492850

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

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    Source: @hassaneslayeh
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    Source: @az_za98
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    Source: Khaled Ali Goevel
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    Source: Hamad Housing
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    Source: Alwatanvoice
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    Source: Alaa Abu Shawish
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    Source: Alaa Abu Shawish
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    Source: Nadeem Mohammed
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    Source: Mohammed Abu Shawish
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    Source: Mohammed Abu Shawish
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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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0264

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

محيط مقر الدفاع المدني, Vicinity of the Civil Defense Headquarters , Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.501690, 34.438913 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At dawn on Monday, October 16th, 2023, between four to seven civilians, including between four to six paramedics, were reportedly killed and several more injured when two alleged Israeli airstrikes hit an ambulance and the Civil Defense headquarters in the Tal al-Hawa neighbourhood southwest of in Gaza City.

Initially a Facebook user Ahmed Saleha reported that four humanitarian personnel were killed, sharing an image of a seriously injured man in the uniform stained with blood. Later the Palestinian refugee portal and other sources wrote that seven civilians were killed. It was reported by Al Arabiya news outlet that six of the those seven civilian casualties were also paramedics, and three were also members of the Civil Defense.

The Palestinian Refugee Portal added that “the Palestinian Red Crescent had confirmed that its vehicles could not move in front of Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza to respond to calls for response due to the intensity of the bombing”. Royanews.tv further corroborated that “dozens of citizens evacuated buildings and homes adjacent to the site of the bombing on Tal al-Hawa, due to the extensive damage it caused to their homes, in addition to the fear that homes and residential towers would be targeted at any moment”.

Al Jazeera also reported on the strike and reposted a video by the Red Crescent showing moments between two strikes: an ambulance with civilians, including a young girl and paramedics inside the ambulance, and moments later the sound of another airstrike, presumed to be at the Civil Defense Headquarters, is hear nearby. A video posted by Israa Hossam Salam on Facebook showed the aftermath of the strike where ambulance drivers recovered and recounted the event.

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

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • (4–6 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Arabic
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    Source: Ahmed Saleha
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    Source: East Palestine
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    Source: Royanews.tv news
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Civil Defense Headquarters (مسجد بلال بن رباح) to the southwest of Gaza city (غزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.501690, 34.438913. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    Healthcare facility
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 7
  • (4–6 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (14) [ collapse]