Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

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Incident Code

ISPT0333

Incident date

October 19, 2023

Location

محيط مسجد الصالحين, Vicinity of al Salehin Mosque, Rafah governorate, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.311076, 34.238001 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Around 10:26 PM on Thursday, October 19th 2023, at least 35 identified civilians belonging to Al-Sharafi and Hassouna families were killed, among them at least 14 women and 14 children, including two elderly women, a mother with her three children, five siblings and a pregnant mother of two, and others were wounded in an alleged Israeli airstrike on the four-storey residential building belonging to the Hassouna family located near the al-Salehin Mosque in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, west of the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip. All the victims within the Al-Sharafi family were women and children.

Shehab Agency first reported on the bombing, stating that a “female martyr and a number of wounded” had been recovered, and that there were “missing people under the rubble”. Later Radio e-Nour shared a video of the destroyed home, reporting that “18 martyrs were recovered from under the rubble of the Hassouna family home in Rafah”, adding that “it was housing displaced families from the northern Gaza Strip.” Multiple sources reported on injuries from the attack but did not provide a specific toll.

The deadly attack took the lives of at least 35 civilian members of the two families.

Al-Sharafi family

All the victims within Al-Sharafi family were women and children.

Two elderly women, a 62-year old Amina (Amnah) Hussein Muhammad Al-Sharafi and a 86-year old Nazmiya Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Sharafi (Umm Nayef), were killed alongside a 40-year old woman Zainab Amin Fahmy Al-Sharafi.

A 32-year old mother Aya Nayef Abdel Aziz al-Sharafi was killed alongside her three children, 8-year old Wissam al-Daour, 7-year old Zouhir al-Daour, and 5-year old Basima al-Daour, and her sister 26-year old Alaa Nayef Abdel Aziz al-Sharafi.

The attack also took the lives of the five young children who were siblings: the four sisters – Hala Raed Nayef al-Sharafi (13), Aya Raed Nayef al-Sharafi (12), Nour Raed Nayef al-Sharafi (9), and Leen Raed Nayef al-Sharafi (6), and their brother Muhammad Raed Nayef al-Sharafi (8).

Last but not least, among those killed as shared by relatives and other sources were also three women – Subha Ibrahim Mustafa al-Sharafi, 36-year old Hoda Muhammad Ibrahim al-Sharafi, and Hoda’s sister Hanin Muhammad Ibrahim al-Sharafi. Their ages are unknown.

Hassouna family

Within the Hassouna family, 59-year old Ali Hassan Abdel Rahman Hassouna was killed alongside his seven children and three grandchildren – two daughters 34-year old Israa Ali Hassan Hassouna and 32-year old Alaa Ali Hassan Hassouna, and five sons 36-year old Raed Ali Hassan Hassouna, 33-year old Mohammed Ali Hassan Hassouna, 28-year old Moumen Ali Hassan Hassouna, 25-year old Ibrahim Ali Hassan Hassouna, and 37-year old Hasan Ali Hassan Hassouna.  Hasan’s wife 34-year old Aya Basem Ashour Hasouna was killed along with their three children – 7-year old Joud Hassan Ali Hassouna, 11-year old Ahmad Hassan Ali Hassouna, and 9-year old Baraa Hassan Ali Hassouna.

Other victims within the Hassouna family mentioned by sources included 7-year old Ali Muhammad Ali Hassouna, a 25-year old woman named Areej Saleh Hassan Hassouna (al-Taweel), and 30-year old Reem Nahed Hassouna (al-Nahal).

One of the victims of this airstrike was a pregnant 25-year old woman Areej Marwan Al Banna who was killed alongside her daughters Sara Al Banna (14) and Samia Al Banna (10) and her unborn child. Distressing images and videos of the six month-old foetus, later covered in a small shroud, were shared by sources on social media. It was reported that dozens of people in the city of Rafah mourned the deceased Areej.

Surviving relatives of the families grieved the loss on social media, with Alaa al-Sharafi mourning “the martyrs of the Al-Sharafi and Hassouna families after the occupation committed the massacre of the Hassouna family in Rafah. My aunt, her husband, her children, their wives and grandchildren, my aunt’s daughter and her daughters, her daughter-in-law and her grandchildren, and my cousins.”

The Haboul family shared that Areej was a daughter-in-law of the late Fatima Daoud Haboul.  Mansoor Arhaim Arsh offered his condolences to the surviving husband and father, Nidal Banna, adding that the victims were bombed in Rafah where Israeli forces “said the south was safe”, and mourning “Oh God, comfort his heart with this great affliction / Oh God, our hearts are filled with sadness and loss, and we can no longer bear it / Have mercy on us, O God.”

Rafah Service shared that the entire family of Ali Hassouna “was removed from the civil registry”, calling the bombing “a direct targeting of civilians” and sharing an image of Ali, a smiling middle-aged bearded man. The Rafah Municipality referred to Ali as “our colleague”, stating on October 20th that the “crews of the Central Emergency Committee in Rafah Governorate continue to work on removing the rubble and recovering the bodies of the martyrs”, and shared images of the rescue efforts.

In a news report, Gulf365 media stated that the bombing occurred when Areej was carrying out household chores. The family was expecting the birth of a boy child soon, and had named him Omar, with Gulf365 quoting a relative, Ali Hassouna, who said: “We were happy and Areej was happy that she was going to have a son, and she said we would name him Omar after my brother who died a while ago, but suddenly the bombing started and destroyed the house and she and her foetus came out from under the rubble, but she was dead.”

Initially the family clung on to the hope that the foetus would survive, but these hopes were not realized, with Ali Hassouna saying “We were thinking she died, but the foetus is alive, and we had hope, but it faded when the doctors removed the foetus and it was dead. At that time, our hearts stopped crying, all of us. What we are experiencing in Palestine is a human tragedy that no people before us have experienced.”

Moaz al-Hams reported that there was “severe damage to the surrounding homes”, with al-Aqsa voice further detailing that the house “was completely destroyed. It was made up of 4 floors”, and that the severely damaged neighboring homes included the “Kabaja family home, the Kurd family home, the Matar family home, the Musa family home, and the al-Banna family home (from Gaza).”

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 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 at approximately 10:26 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (16)

Subha Ibrahim Mustafa Al-Sharafi صبحة إبراهيم مصطفى الشرافي
female killed
Hoda Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Sharafi هدى محمد ابراهيم الشرافي
36 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 800699365
Hanin Muhammad Ibrahim Al-Sharafi حنين محمد ابراهيم الشرافي
female killed
Amina Hussein Muhammad Al-Sharafi آمنة حسين محمد الشرافي
62 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 910862473
Aya Nayef Abdel Aziz Al-Sharafi أية نايف عبدالعزيز الشرافي
32 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 803222637
Wissam Al Daour وسام الداعور
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435788005
Zouhir Al Daour زهير الداعور
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 436972632
Basima Al Daour باسمة الداعور
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 440608776
Alaa Nayef Abdel Aziz Al-Sharafi الاء نايف عبدالعزيز الشرافي
26 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 402213920
Nazmiya Mahmoud Al-Sharafi (Umm Nayef) نظمية محمود الشرافي
86 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 908677024
Zainab Amin Fahmy Al-Sharafi زينب أمين فهمي الشرافي
40 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 800146995
Hala Raed Nayef Al-Sharafi حلا رائد نايف الشرافي
13 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 429580202
Aya Raed Nayef Al-Sharafi أية رائد نايف الشرافي
12 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 430417543
Nour Raed Nayef Al-Sharafi نور رائد نايف الشرافي
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433586112
Leen Raed Nayef Al-Sharafi لين رائد نايف الشرافي
6 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 438181117
Muhammad Raed Nayef Al-Sharafi محمد رائد نايف الشرافي
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435778717

Family members (15)

Ali Hassan Abdel Rahman Hassouna علي حسن عبدالرحمن حسونة
59 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 965120439
Raed Ali Hassan Hassouna رائد علي حسن حسونة
36 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 800777328
Mohammed Ali Hassan Hassouna محمد علي حسن حسونة
33 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802718379
Moumen Ali Hassan Hassouna مؤمن علي حسن حسونة
28 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 400657904
Ibrahim Ali Hassan Hassouna ابراهيم علي حسن حسونة
25 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 403728975
Israa Ali Hassan Hassouna اسراء علي حسن حسونة
34 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 802190884
Alaa Ali Hassan Hassouna الاء علي حسن حسونة
33 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 802919340
Hasan Ali Hassan Hassouna حسن علي حسن حسونة
37 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801536772
Aya Basem Ashour Hasouna أية باسم عاشور حسونة
34 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 800425464
Joud Hassan Ali Hassouna جود حسن علي حسونة
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437331630
Ahmad Hassan Ali Hassouna أحمد حسن علي حسونة
11 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 433349511
Baraa Hassan Ali Hassouna براء حسن علي حسونة
9 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 432107472
Ali Muhammad Ali Hassouna علي محمد علي حسونة
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 437221443
Areej Saleh Hassan Hassouna (Al-Taweel) أريج صالح حسن حسونة
25 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 404520942
Reem Nahed Hassouna (Al-Nahal) ريم ناهض حسونة
30 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 804504769

Family members (3)

Areej Marwan Al Banna أريج مروان البنا وجنينها
37 years old female pregnant killed Matched to MoH ID 801009937
Sara Al Banna سارة البنا
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433573938
Samia Al Banna سامية البنا
14 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 427425814

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution, Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    35
  • (14 children14 women6 men)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

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    Source: Arc en ciel
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    Source: Arc en ciel
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    Source: Arc en ciel
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    Source: Arc en ciel
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    Source: Haboul family
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    Source: Rafah Service “official page.”
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    Source: Rafah Municipality
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    Source: Rafah Municipality
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    Source: Rafah Municipality
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    Source: Rafah Municipality
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of al Salehin Mosque (مسجد الصالحين) to the west of Rafah (رفح), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.311076, 34.238001. 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
    Religious Institution, Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    35
  • (14 children14 women6 men)
  • 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 (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0365

Incident date

October 19, 2023

Location

Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

A 25-day-old girl was reportedly killed by an alleged Israeli military bombing in Gaza on Thursday, likely on or shortly after October 19th 2023.

The baby was identified as 25-day-old Misk Mahmoud Ibrahim Hijazi.

A tweet by @Shehabagency reported the incident alongside a video of a man holding the baby wrapped in blue gauze and a white burial shroud. Simultaneously, a Facebook post by Latifiye TV reported on the incident with an image of the infant and outlined that the infant was 25 days old.

The exact location of the incident has not been disclosed but where sources identified a location, all sources reported the incident occurring in the Gaza Strip.

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

Where sources identified a belligerent, all sources attributed the incident to the Israeli military.

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:

Misk Mahmoud Ibrahim Hijazi مسك محمود ابراهيم حجازي
0.1 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 444788665

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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

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    Source: Latifiye TV facebook
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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 child)
  • 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 (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0368

Incident date

October 19, 2023

Location

خان يونس, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.346149, 34.303899 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Tuesday, October 19th 2023, two civilians were reportedly killed and 21 others, including a baby, were injured by an alleged Israeli airstrike on the home of the Mukhaimer family, located to the west of Khan Yunis.

Posts from members of the Mukhaimer family identified a 24-year-old man named Mahmoud Ahmed Shteiwi Abu Mukhaimer, a 28-year-old man named Ahmed Ayman Muhammad Abu Mukhaimer and a 28-year-old woman named Afnan Issam Abu Mukhaimer as among those killed in the incident. Mahmoud’s brother Muhammad’s wife was also killed in the strike, however, sources have not identified her full name. A Facebook post by Shahda Mukhaimer identified Mahmoud and Ahmed as “mujahid”, therefore they have not been counted among the civilians killed.

The Mukhaimer family Facebook posted a memorial to Mahmoud, Ahmed, and Afnan, describing Afnan as a woman “who preserved the Book of God Almighty.”

Further sources, such as Moaab News and Sky News Arabia, reported that 21 civilians were injured in the strike. A Facebook post by Fateh News reported that amongst the injured was a two-year-old baby.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names 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 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 (2)

Afnan Issam Abu Mukhaimer افنان عصام ابو مخيمر
26 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 402138390
Wife of Muhammad Ahmed Shteiwi Abu Mukhaimer زوجة محمد احمد شتيوي ابو مخيمر
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    21
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

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    Source: Mukheimer family facebook
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    Source: Shahda Mkheimer facebook
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    Source: Qatatwa facebook
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    Source: Abdullah Suleiman facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ahmad facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ahmad facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Khan Younis (خان يونس), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.346149, 34.303899. 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
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    21
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0369

Incident date

October 19, 2023

Location

جوار مسجد الخلفاء الراشدين, Vicinity of al Khalafa al Rashidun Mosque, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.535153, 34.500191 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

In the early hours of Thursday, October 19, 2023, Israeli military aircraft allegedly bombed a house belonging to the Al-Sharbasi family located near the Al-Khalafa Al-Rashidun Mosque in the Al-Alami area in the northern Gaza Strip, reportedly injuring many civilians.

Local sources including Shehab Agency, Palestine today TV and Raee stated that a number of civilians who were injured as a result of the strike arrived at the Indonesian Hospital. A local source Nada Mohammed Matter reported that many civilians were injured. Due to this description of “many” injuries, the maximum civilian casualty count for this incident has been identified as 10 in line with Airwars’ methodology.

A Facebook user Vida Wardeh described the al-Sherbasi family as having been “exterminated”, but did not provide any further information.

Bawasel reported the incident in a post on Facebook that included an image of one of the victims. The image shows a teenager whose face and arms are stained with blood and dust, being held up by his arms as he is rushed through a hospital corridor.

Where sources identified a belligerent, 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 around dawn.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution, Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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

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Media
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    Source: Bawasel facebook

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of al Khalafa al Rashidun Mosque (مسجد الخلفاء الراشدون) to the north of Jabalia (جباليا), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.535153, 34.500191. 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
    Religious Institution, Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–10
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0361

Incident date

October 19, 2023

Location

دير البلح, Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.418995, 34.349442 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 19, 2023, the al-Kurd family home in the city of Deir al Balah, in the central Gaza Strip, was bombed in an alleged Israeli airstrike. Nineteen members of the al-Kurd family were killed in the incident.

The patriarch of the family, 58-year old Zuhair Abdel Qader al-Kurd was killed with his wife, 51-year old Rabeia Mahmoud Abdel Razzaq al-Kurd. Their son, 29-year old Abdel Fattah Zuhair al-Kurd and his wife, Aya Salman, were also killed, as were their two young children: 2-year old Zuhair Abdulfattah Zuhair al-Kurd and 4-year old Layn Abdulfattah Zuhair al-Kurd.

Zuhair and Rabiaa’s second son, 20-year old Muhammad Zuhair al-Kurd was killed with his brother, 16-year old Ahmed Zuhair al-Kurd, and sister, 18-year old Nada Zuhair al-Kurd.

Other family members were also killed: the 6-year old child Habiba Abdul Qader Zuhair al-Kurd, and mother and son Faten Anwar al-Kurd and Ahmed al-Kurd.

20-year old Amr Adnan al-Kurd was killed with his sister, 14-year old Sama Adnan al-Kurd. A pregnant Aseel Ayman Ahmed al-Kurd was killed, as was Amani Ibrahim Ahmed al-Kurd. Lastly, Maryam Ahmed Harb al-Kurd was killed with her two daughters, 15-year old Rawan Hassan al-Kurd and 17-year old Sarah Hassan al-Kurd.

There were no reports of injuries following the incident.

Little detail was shared about the victims, with most friends and family instead sharing prayers and hopes for afterlife redemption. Facebook user Sahar Mahmoud described Maryam al-Kurd as her “creative and literary predecessor.” Sahar lauded Maryam’s daughters, Sarah and Rawan, for having both memorized the Quran. Maryam appears to have also done so.

Family, friends, and journalists shared images and videos of the funeral online with words of consolation for the family. The family’s pain was very evident: images of the funeral show crying women, one of whom has collapsed. A graphic photo shared by Facebook user Abdullatif Tawfic shows the aftermath of the strike: a man cradling a teenage boy who is bloodied and wrapped in a body bag. Twitter/X user @M86950933 attached a photo of the funeral where three children–one of whom appears to be an infant– can be seen also wrapped in body bags.

In his farewell to those killed, Twitter/X user Ahmad al-Kurd said, “The heart is sad, and I am saddened by their separation. May God accept them, forgive them, and make them dwell in the highest paradise in Paradise.”

Facebook user Ahmed Noor Eldin Basheer remembered his “neighbors and brothers” and asked that they be accepted “to the gardens of bliss.”

A Facebook post from the Al-Kurd Family was the only source to attribute the strike to the Israeli military. However, Airwars has matched the names of some of the civilians killed with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023, which explicitly mentions that names on the list are “victims of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip”. Therefore this incident has been graded as a likely strike.

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 (19)

Zuhair Abdel Qader Al-Kurd زهير عبد القادر الكرد
58 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 942372251
Rabeia Mahmoud Abdel Razzaq Al-Kurdi زهير عبد القادر هديوي الكرد
51 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 945771376
Abdel Fattah Zuhair Al-Kurd عبد الفتاح زهير الكرد
29 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 400144283
Aya Salman آية سلمان
Adult female killed
Zuhair Abdulfattah Zuhair Al-Kurd زهير عبد الفتاح زهير الكرد
2 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 442836953
Layn Abdulfattah Zuhair Al-Kurd لين عبد الفتاح زهير الكرد
4 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 441345733
Muhammad Zuhair Al-Kurd محمد زهير الكرد
20 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 408870251
Ahmed Zuhair Al-Kurd أحمد زهير الكرد
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424672087
Nada Zuhair Al-Kurd ندى زهير الكرد
18 years old male Matched to MoH ID 421085069
Habiba Abdul Qader Zuhair Al-Kurd حبيبة عبد القادر زهير الكرد
6 years old female killed
Faten Anwar al-Kurd فاتن أنور الكرد
Adult female killed
Ahmed Al-Kurd أحمد الكرد
male killed
Amr Adnan Al-Kurd عمرو عدنان الكرد
20 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 409355740
Sama Adnan Al-Kurd سما عدنان الكرد
14 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 427425731
Aseel Ayman Ahmed Al-Kurd اسيل أيمن احمد الكرد
Adult female pregnant killed
Amani Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Kurd أمانى أبراهيم احمد الكرد
killed
Maryam Ahmed Harb Al-Kurd مريم احمد حرب الكرد
Adult female killed
Rawan Hassan Al-Kurd روان حسن الكرد
15 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 422387498
Sarah Hassan Al-Kurd ساره حسن الكرد
17 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 422519371

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    19
  • (7–8 children6 women4–5 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (33) [ collapse]

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    Source: Nader Al Arini
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    Source: Nader Al Arini
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    Source: Nader Al Arini
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    Source: Nader Al Arini
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    Source: Abdullatif Tawfic
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    Source: Abdullatif Tawfic
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    Source: @M86950933
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    Source: Alrai Online
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    Source: Alrai Online
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    Source: Alrai Online
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    Source: Alrai Online
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    Source: Ahmed Noor Eldin Basheer
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    Source: Ahmed Noor Eldin Basheer
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    Source: Ahmad Al-Kurd
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    Source: Nader Al-Arini
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    Source: Nader Al-Arini
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    Source: Nader Al-Arini
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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    Source: Al-Kurd Family
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Deir al Balah (دير البلح), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.418995, 34.349442. 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
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    19
  • (7–8 children6 women4–5 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 (17) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0378

Incident date

October 19, 2023

Location

منزل لعائلة عواجة بالقرب من مستوصف الزهراء في حي الجنينة شرق رفح, a house for the Awaja family near Al-Zahraa Clinic in the Al-Geneina neighborhood, east of Rafah, Gaza strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On Thursday, 19 October 2023, at least eight civilians, including at least four children, were killed and four others were injured in an alleged Israeli strike on the Awaja family’s home near the al-Zahra Clinic in the al-Geneina neighbourhood, east of Rafah, Gaza strip.

Initial reportage from Safa news, Al Aqsa voice, and sources on social media stated there were seven civilians killed in the strike, with Safa and other sources on social and local media including Palestine Today later updating the death toll to eight. Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya shared videos of the dead and wounded being carried by civilians and rescue workers to ambulances and the Abu Youssef Al-Najjar hospital, with Al Arabiya also sharing images of the bombed home, its facade still standing amongst the rubble. Various sources online shared the names of the civilians killed in the strike – Hossam Jihad Sheikh Khalil (15), Hosni Jihad Sheikh Khalil (19), Jihad Muhammad GhanemMahmoud Muhammad Abu Suleiman (16), Taghreed Khalil Awaja (46), Jihad Abdul Latif AwajaKhaled Tamer Muhammad Awaja (15), and Atef Tamer Muhammad Awaja (15).

Hane posted a video of the bodies of the eight victims in shrouds laid on the ground, while others came to pay their respects. Twitter/X user @ehabomar21 stated that “initially, 4 injuries were reported” as a result of the bombing, while another source on social media shared an image of a young child, with the caption “The child, Joan Sheikh Khalil, is one of the survivors” of the bombing – it is unclear from the image whether she was injured or not. Another user shared the image of a young man, with a caption “May God have mercy on you” – it is unclear which of the victims this young man is. Other sources also mourned the loss on social media, with Asma Hasan sharing a tribute saying “The affliction is great and great… but God’s mercy is greater and more exalted/How difficult is separation.”

Where possible, Airwars has matched names 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.

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 (2)

Hossam Jihad Sheikh Khalil حسام جهاد الشيخ خليل
15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 426263190
Hosni Jihad Sheikh Khalil حسني جهاد الشيخ خليل
19 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 420446205

Family members (4)

Taghreed Khalil Awaja تغريد خليل عواجة
46 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 901661470
Jihad Abdul Latif Awaja جهاد عبد اللطيف عواجة
killed
Khaled Tamer Awaja خالد تامرعواجة
15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 426094835
Atef Nasser Awaja عاطف ناصرعواجة
15 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 422077891

The victims were named as:

Jihad Muhammad Ghanem جهاد محمد غنام
Age unknown killed
Mahmoud Muhammad Abu Suleiman محمود محمد أبو سليمان
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424361590

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (4 children1 woman1 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 (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

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    Source: @GeneralInGaza
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    Source: @GeneralInGaza
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    Source: @GeneralInGaza
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    Source: @GeneralInGaza
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    Source: Alarabiya.Palestine
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    Source: Alarabiya.Palestine
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    Source: Alarabiya.Palestine
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    Source: Alarabiya.Palestine
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    Source: Awdehchannel
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    Source: Mahmoud Abu Znada media platform
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    Source: Adlitaha1
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    Source: Business marketing
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    Source: Ꮆ. Ꮑ. ᎶᎯᏃᎬ.ᏁᎯᎬᎬᎷ
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    Source: Asma.hasan.503
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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 infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    8
  • (4 children1 woman1 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 (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0392

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

خانيونس, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.336273, 34.319926 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Province/governorate level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 20th 2023, between 18 and 22 civilians – including women and children – all members of the ‘Abu Al-Naja’ family were killed, and between 79 and 114 others were injured after an alleged Israeli airstrike on their residential home in the Abu-Shahla neighbourhood in east Khan Yunis, Gaza. It has been reported that the house was subject to an airstrike whilst the residents were asleep.

@ShehabAgency reported that the Abu Al-Naja household was one of six residential homes struck by the Israeli military in the Khan Yunis Governorate. Ambulance and civil defence crews were on-site to take those killed and wounded to Nasser Medical Hospital. The grandparents of the family, Khaled Mahmoud Abu Al-Naja, and his wife Muzain Musa Abu Al-Naja were killed during the alleged strike, along with their five children: Hani Khaled Abu Al-Naja (son), Khalil Khaled Abu Al-Naja (son), Jana Khaled Abu Al-Naja (daughter), Nancy Khaled Abu Al-Naja (daughter) and Hanaa Khaled Abu Al-Naja (daughter). The alleged strike also killed the husband of Hanaa Abu Al-Naja, Suleiman Mahmoud Abu Rock, and the wife of Hani Abu Al-Naja, Israa Al-Muzain.

There were also nine grandchildren of Khaled Abu Al-Naja and Muzain Abu Al-Naja killed during the alleged strike. Six children of Hani Abu Al-Naja and Israa Al-Muzain were killed: Khaled (son), Ahmed (son), Muhannad (son), Rand (daughter) Rawand (daughter) and Raghad (daughter). Two children of Hanaa Abu Al-Naja and Suleiman Mahmoud Abu Rock were killed: Remas (daughter) and Mahmoud (son). The daughter of Nancy Khaled Abu Al-Naja, Toleen (daughter), was also killed during the alleged airstrike.

Since the incident, family members have posted tributes online. Marwa Mohammed Naja, the great niece of Muzain Musa Abu Al-Naja, commiserated the death of her great aunt, and Khaled Mahmoud Abu Al-Naja along with the other “22 people in the house”. These sentiments were echoed by Waam Younes Abu Al-Naja, the niece of Muzain Musa Abu Al-Naja, in a Facebook post that states that more than 20 members of the Abu Al-Naja family were killed during the alleged airstrike. However, the @AbuAl-NajaFamilyGatheringOfficial Facebook post states that 18 members of the family were killed during the alleged Israeli airstrike.

There has also been an outpouring of tributes via Facebook from the cousins of Suleiman Mahmoud Abu Rock, among whom include Ahmad Abu Rok, Ola N. Reck, Deya Abu Rouk and Raed Rouk, Zakrua Haesan Rok. The former neighbour of Suleiman Mahmoud Abu Rock, Wael Abdelaziz Alnaka, expressed his regret at the death of Suleiman and his wife Hanaa along with their two children.

@ShehabAgency initially reported that 34 injuries resulted from the recent attacks on Khan Yunis, then raised the number to 51, and ultimately reported the number of 79 injuries. However, it is unclear how many injuries occurred amongst this incident. @PalinfoAr put the number of injuries at 114, and images posted by @ShehabAgency show at least three children being treated for injuries in a medical facility.

At least 20 members of an “Al Naja” family were also reported killed in an incident three days prior, recorded in Airwars’ archive in ISPT0298.

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

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

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 during the night.

The victims were named as:

Family members (18)

Khaled Mahmoud Abu Al-Naja خالد محمود أبو النجا
Adult male killed
Muzain (Mazeen) Musa Abu Al-Naja مزين موسى ابو نجا
57 years old female Khaled's wife killed Matched to MoH ID 914650809
Hani Khaled Abu Al-Naja هاني خالد أبو النجا
Adult male Khaled and Muzain's child killed
Israa Al-Muzain اسراء المزين
Adult female Hani's wife killed
Khaled  خالد
Child male Hani and Israa's child killed
Ahmad أحمد
Child male Hani and Israa's child killed
Muhannad  مهند
Child male Hani and Israa's child killed
Rand رند
Child female Hani and Israa's child killed
Rawand روند
Child female Hani and Israa's child killed
Raghad  رغد
Child female Hani and Israa's child killed
Khalil Khaled Abu Al-Naja خليل خالد أبو النجا
Adult male Khaled and Muzain's child killed
Jana Khaled Abu Al-Naja جنى خالد أبو النجا
Adult female Khaled and Muzain's child killed
Nancy Khaled Abu Al-Naja نانسي خالد أبو النجا
Adult female Khaled and Muzain's child killed
Toleen  تولين
Child female Nancy's child killed
Hanaa Khaled Abu Al-Naja  هناء خالد أبو النجا
Adult female Khaled and Muzain's child killed
Suleiman Mahmoud Abu Rock سليمان محمود ابو روك
Adult male Hanaa's husband killed
Remas  ريماس
Child male Hanaa and Suleiman's child killed
Mahmoud  محمود
Child male Hanaa and Suleiman's child killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18 – 22
  • (9 children5 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    79–114
  • 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 (40) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (46) [ collapse]

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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: Ahmad Abu Rok
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    Source: Ahmad Abu Rok
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    Source: Ahmad Abu Rok
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    Source: Deya Abo Rouk
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    Source: Zakrua Haesan Rok
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    Source: Raed Rouk
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    Source: Wael Abdelaziz Alnaka
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    Source: Ahmed Atef Abu Rock
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    Source: Said Harfouchi
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    Source: Foad Alraqab Abu Motaz
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    Source: Foad Alraqab Abu Motaz
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    Source: Hamade Abu Alnaja
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    Source: Fayez Abu Alnaja
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Abbas Al-Am
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    Source: Malek Abu Naja
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    Source: Malek Abu Naja
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    Source: Ma’an and East Khan Younis Families
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official
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    Source: Abu Alnaja Family Gathering Official

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Khan Younis governorate (محافظة خانيونس), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.336273, 34.319926. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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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 infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18 – 22
  • (9 children5 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    79–114
  • 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 (40) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0401

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

عبسان الكبيرة, Abasan Al Kabira, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.323417, 34.347364 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Around 12:00 in the afternoon on Friday, October 20th 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike on a car carrying farmers in the Abasan Al-Kabira area in the town of Khan Yunis reportedly killed three civilians, all of them men.

Shehab agency and other news agencies reported on the incident, and journalist Ahmad Qudeih provided the names of the victims killed in the airstrike: 34 year old Muhammad Ayman Abu Draz, 23 year old Ahmed Ammar Al-Shawaf, and 30 year old Muhammad Jamil Abu Draz. The Eastern Pulse posted images and video of their funeral on Facebook.

Muhammad Ayman Abu Draz was survived by his wife Dina, and was mourned by his wife’s aunt Umm Mohammad Qudeih, his cousin Abu Ahmad Al-Shawaf and his wife’s brother Asaad Qouadh. Asaad remembered the late Muhammad as “the respected man, beloved by everyone who knew him.” A Facebook user Alwaa Sport wrote that Muhammad was a “beloved childhood friend.” Alwaa Sport, the Big Absan, and the Eastern Pulse shared his images where he appeared as a young man in his 30s.

Muhammad Jamil Abu Daraz was remembered in a Facebook tribute by the Eastern Pulse where he can be seen in the attached image as a young man in a white shirt. Imad Husein Abu Daraz shared his grief about the loss of Muhammad, having written his memories about him: “Whenever I was confused about something or unable to do something, I would not think of anyone around me as much as you. I bear witness to God that you are a man and one who speaks the truth.”

Ahmed Ammar Al-Shawaf was praised as “the good cousin and neighbor” in a Facebook testimony by Ahmed Zhra. He is seen in the attached image as a young bearded man. Also Ahmad Al-Shawaf shared the image of the late Ahmed where he was wearing a black cap.

All 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 incident occured at approximately 12:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Muhammad Ayman Abu Draz محمد أيمن ابو دراز
34 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802257915
Ahmed Ammar Al-Shawaf حمد عمار الشواف
23 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 405855727
Muhammad Jamil Abu Draz محمد جميل أبو دراز
30 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 804479970

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Qusay Al Amour
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    Source: The Eastern Pulse
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    Source: Alwaa Sport
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    Source: The Big Absan
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    Source: Eastern Pulse
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    Source: Asmahan F. To’eima
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    Source: Ahmad Al-Shawaf
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    Source: Ahmed Zhra
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    Source: The Eastern Pulse
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    Source: The Eastern Pulse
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    Source: The Eastern Pulse
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Abasan Al Kabira (عبسان الكبيرة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.323417, 34.347364. 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
    Agriculture
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (23) [ collapse]