Israel and Gaza 2023

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the Gaza Strip
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Incident Code

M21ISPT076

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

شارع الجميزة, ال القرا, Gemmayzeh Street, Al Qaraa, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.375725, 34.343736 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One man was injured in a missile or drone strike allegedly carried out by Israeli forces on Saturday 15 May 2021 in Gemmayzeh Street, Al-Qarara, north of Khan Younis in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

There are multiple reports of a young man being moderately injured in a missile strike while riding a bicycle at approximately 2pm, although the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) describes his injuries as serious. The injured civilian was taken to Nasser Hospital for treatment of his injuries, according to @wataniaps1.

@no_itsmyturn, an open-source online investigator, suggested that the strike had been aimed at underground military infrastructure in the vicinity. All of the sources attribute the strikes to Israel.

The incident occured at approximately 2:00 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Airstrikes near an empty field near Gemmayzeh Street, Al-Qarara on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by @no_itsmyturn)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention Gemmayzeh Street (شارع الجميزة), allegedly located in the Al Qaraa (ال القرا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Qaraa are: 31.375725, 34.343736.

  • Reports of the incident mention Gemmayzeh Street (شارع الجميزة), allegedly located in the Al Qaraa (ال القرا).

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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, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (14) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT077

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

مخيم الشاطئ, Al Shati Refugee Camp, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.533701, 34.448318 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Two people were reported injured and a large number of fishing vessels were destroyed in an alleged naval bombardment by the Israeli navy on the Al Shati ‘Beach’ refugee camp to the West of Gaza City.

Al Jazeera first reported the bombardment around 9.30 a.m. local time on Saturday 15 May 2021, which targeted buildings in the refugee camp. Multiple sources confirm that a large number of fishing vessels were destroyed by fire as a result, alongside the two persons injured.

Several sources also reported building damage from naval bombardments on the shores of the Deir Al-Balah area in the Central Gaza Strip. All of the sources attributed the strikes to Israel.

On May 15th, the IDF released the following statement: “Last night, the IDF attacked a number of Hamas terror organization senior officials, in an apartment used as terror infrastructure in the area of the Al-Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The details are under review.

The Hamas terror organization deliberately uses Gazan civilians as a way to shield and cover its hostile operations. The IDF takes all possible precautions to avoid harming civilians during its operational activities.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Naval bombardment
  • 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
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Shati refugee camp (مخيم الشاطئ), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.533701, 34.448318. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

[12:06, 5/15/2021] IDF News Desk: IDF:

Last night, the IDF attacked a number of Hamas terror organization senior officials, in an apartment used as terror infrastructure in the area of the Al-Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The details are under review.

The Hamas terror organization deliberately uses Gazan civilians as a way to shield and cover its hostile operations. The IDF takes all possible precautions to avoid harming civilians during its operational activities.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Naval bombardment
  • 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
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT065

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

البريج, Al Bureij, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.438769, 34.404030 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One man is alleged to have been injured in an Israeli airstrike on Al Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Saturday 15th May 2021.

According to Al Haq, the airstrike took place around 12.15 a.m., destroying the house of Abdul Karim Issa and causing partial damage to other neighbouring buildings.

While Al Haq reported one moderate injury caused by the strike, this is not corroborated by any other source. Both Algulf and Al Haq attribute the strikes on Al Bureij to Israel.

The incident occured at approximately 12:15 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the Al Bureij (البريج) refugee camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.438769, 34.404030. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
  • position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT078

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

المغازي, Al Maghazi, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.423444, 34.387658 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A girl with disabilities was injured following an airstrike in the central section of the Gaza Strip around 11.50 p.m. on Saturday 15th May 2021. One source, a Palestinian journalist, was alone in reporting that three others were also injured in the strike.

According to Al Haq, the child, named as Zeina Shady al-Saftawi fell and injured herself following the strike. Sources disagree on the location of the strike, with Al Haq and others reporting it as happening in an area of open ground east of Al-Maghazi refugee camp; others reported the strike taking place further west, to the west of the Nuseirat refugee camp. In addition, sources dispute the weapon delivery system, with Al Haq reporting it as ground artillery fire, with others reporting an airstrike. Multiple sources attributed the strikes to Israel.

The incident occured at 23:50:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Zeina Shady al-Saftawi زينة شادي الصفطاوي
Child female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Accidents related to conflict
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Image of strikes on Al Maghazi camp on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by @Ibrahim__Alamri)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Maghazi (المغازي) camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.423444, 34.387658. 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 and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Accidents related to conflict
  • 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 (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT066

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

البريج, Al Bureij, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.438769, 34.404030 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One person was reportedly injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike that hit open ground to the east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Only one source, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, reported the event, describing the strike as taking place around 1.20 p.m. and noting that the injured person had been described by medical sources as being in a moderate condition.

The incident occured at approximately 1:20 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Bureij (البريج) refugee camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.438769, 34.404030. 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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT067

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

البريج, Al Bureij Camp, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.423444, 34.387658 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One man was killed in an Israeli drone strike on open land east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in Central Gaza around 12.10 p.m. on Saturday 15 May 2021. His status as a civilian or belligerent is contested among various sources.

Various sources, including the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and Al-Haq, both local human rights organisations, reported that Muhammad Salem Yousef Abu Ayesh, aged 34/35, was killed by a missile strike allegedly fired from a drone. The strike took place in open farmland to the East of Al-Bureij refugee camp in the central part of the Gaza Strip.

Camps203 posted on Facebook that the body of Ayesh was taken to Al-Aqsa Hospital following the strike. A cousin of Ayesh, Mostafa Oda, posted a memorial to his death on Facebook.

Among the sources he does not appear to be linked with Hamas. However, one source, Al Haq, reports that Ayesh was a “member of the Palestinian resistance”, while another source, a Fatah-linked Facebook page, has posted images memorialising Ayesh and affiliating him with Fatah.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Israel.

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Image posted by Fatah Movement - Martyrs of Maghazi area in memory of Mohammed Salem Abu Ayesh, killed in an Israeli drone strike on Al Bureij refugee camp on May 15, 2021.
  • Image of Mohammed Salem Abu Ayesh, killed in an Israeli drone strike on Al Bureij refugee camp on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
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    Graphic image of Mohammed Salem Abu Ayesh, killed in an Israeli drone strike on Al Bureij refugee camp on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by @gazalivee)
  • The funeral of the 8th Mr. Muhammad Salem Abu Ayesh in the Maghazi camp

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Maghazi (المغازي) camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.423444, 34.387658. 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, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT068

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

مخيم الشاطئ, ِAl Shati camp, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.528524, 34.446008 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Eight children and two women were killed in the early hours of Saturday 15 May when Israeli airstrikes struck a three-storey house in the Al Shati ‘Beach’ refugee camp, to the west of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip. Various sources have reported that two mothers, who were sisters-in-law, died in the strike, with each losing four children, who were all first cousins aged between five and 14.

Multiple sources report several missiles striking the house, which belonged to Alaa Abu Hattab around 1.30 a.m, killing 10 people: (1) Yamen Abu Hatab, M, aged 5 / 6 (2) Bilal Abu Hatab, M, aged 9/10 (3) Youssef Abu Hatab, M, aged 10/11 (4) Mariyam Abu Hatab, F, aged 7 / 8 (5) Yasmine Hassan Hatab, F, aged 30/31 (6) Maha Abu Hatab (Al Hadidi), 34/36 (7) Abdul Rahman Al Hadidi, M, aged 7/8 (8) Suhaib Al Hadidi, M, aged 12/14 (9) Yahya Al Hadidi, M, aged 11 (10) Osama Al Hadidi, M, aged 5/6.

Yasmine Hatab and Maha Al Hadidi were sisters-in-law and their children were first cousins; the Al Hadidi children were visiting their cousins to celebrate the Eid festival. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), five of the children attended UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip.

Omar Al Hadidi, aged 5 months, survived the strike which killed his mother and four siblings, and was found amidst the rubble in his dead mother’s arms. Al Jazeera reported that 15 others, including the child, were injured in the strikes. Images provided by Anadolu Agency show at least two injured children.

Alaa Abu Hattab, the owner of the house, gave HRW this eyewitness account of the strike: “I left my house on foot at about 1:30 a.m. to go to some of the local shops that were open late during the run-up to Eid [holiday concluding the holy month of Ramadan] to buy toys and snacks for the kids for the Eid festival and to buy some food, as we were hungry. Before I left the house there was no warning that anything would happen to our house. We didn’t receive a phone call and there was no drone strike that they sometimes do to warn people that they will target a building. At least that would have scared the kids and they would have fled the house in time.”

Abu Hattab said that about 15 minutes after he had left, he heard “a very loud explosion that shook the whole area. I ran back towards the smoke and saw it was my house. It was all rubble. I felt like everything was revolving around me. I was in shock and I fainted. When I regained consciousness, I saw rescue workers looking for bodies under the rubble and recovering body parts. The attack had shredded the bodies. Other parts remained under the rubble because they could not find them. There were no militants in or near my house and no rockets or rocket launchers there. I still don’t know why they bombed my house and killed my wife and children and my sister and her children. What sin did they commit?”

The IDF have admitted to carrying out the strike, commenting that it had “attacked a number of Hamas terror organization senior officials, in an apartment used as terror infrastructure in the area of the Al Shati refugee camp.” (The New York Times reports).

Avichay Adraee, the spokesman for the Israeli army, said in a tweet that the “defense army targeted a number of Hamas officials inside an apartment used as a terrorist building in the al-Shati refugee camp,” adding that the incident was still “under examination”.

An IDF spokesman also said in a statement reported by Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom: “During the night, the IDF attacked a number of senior members of the terrorist organization Hamas in an apartment that serves as a terrorist infrastructure in the area of ​​the Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip…The IDF takes precautions to minimize possible harm to civilians during its military activity.”

However, multiple eyewitness sources confirmed that no advance warning had been given that the strike was about to take place.

The incident occured at approximately 1:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (11)

Omar Al Hadidi عمر الحديدي
.4 years old male injured
Yamen Abu Hatab يامن ابو حطب
5 years old male killed
Bilal Abu Hatab بلال أبو حطب
9 years old male killed
Youssef Abu Hatab يوسف ابو حطب
10 years old male killed
Mariyam Abu Hatab مريم أبو حطب
7 years old female killed
Yasmine Hassan Hatab ياسمين حسن حطب
30 years old female Mother of Yamen, Bilal, Youssef, and Mariyam killed
Maha Abu Hatab (Al Hadidi) مها أبو حطب (الحديدي)
34 years old female Mother of Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama killed
Abdul Rahman Al Hadidi عبد الرحمن الحديدي
7 years old male killed
Suhaib Al Hadidi صهيب الحديدي
12 years old male killed
Yahya Al Hadidi يحيى الحديدي
11 years old male killed
Osama Al Hadidi أسامة الحديدي
5 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (8 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (98) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (81) [ collapse]

  • Home in Al Shati camp destroyed by Israeli strikes on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Alaraby News)
  • Loved ones mourn children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Without any warning or precedent, the Israeli occupation bombed a house in Al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City, at dawn on Saturday, carrying out a horrific massacre that is added to its record of massacres, which resulted in 10 martyrs, including 8 children and two women.
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Alnaba News)
  • At dawn today, Saturday, Israeli warplanes launched a series of violent raids on the Gaza Strip, which left 13 Palestinians dead, including 8 children and two women. Most of them fell in the Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City. Fifteen others were wounded, and rescue operations are still continuing.
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @EyadKandeel1)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @EyadKandeel1)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @EyadKandeel1)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNews)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNews)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNews)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and now in a leg cast following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @seedra29p)
  • Siblings of baby Omar Al Hadidi that were killed in strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @seedra29p)
  • Burial of the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Burial of the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Burial of the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Father of baby Omar reunited with his child after his whole family is killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Al Jazeera)
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  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Trt arabi)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNewsN)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNewsN)
  • Rescue crews search through the rubble for survivors following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @omali3131)
  • Father of baby Omar reunited with his child after his whole family is killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Aboudwahidi)
  • Father of baby Omar reunited with his child after his whole family is killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Aboudwahidi)
  • Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Omar_Madaniah)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Youssef Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Farid_Ahm7d)
  • Rubble in Al Shati camp following Israeli strikes on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @elhasani_yousef)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Sharef Suliman Al Farhta via Facebook)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Sharef Suliman Al Farhta via Facebook)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Sharef Suliman Al Farhta via Facebook)
  • Home of Hatab family, destroyed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Ahamd Al Ashi via Facebook)
  • Maryam, Yamen, Youssef, Bilal Al Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Halil via Facebook)
  • Rescue crews search through the rubble for survivors following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @PalinfoAr)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Paltimes2015 via Facebook)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Paltimes2015 via Facebook)
  • The moment Muhammad al-Hadidi got acquainted with his wife and martyr children at Al-Shifa Hospital upon their arrival after the occupation bombed their home in Al-Shati Camp at dawn today
  • Image of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Shehab via Facebook)
  • Mariyam Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Hilal via Facebook)
  • Bilal Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Hilal via Facebook)
  • Yamen Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Hilal via Facebook)
  • Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Al Shati camp via Facebook)
  • Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mr Abood via Facebook)
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  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @activestills)
  • Rubble from Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @activestills)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @activestills)
  • Kids injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
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    Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
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    Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
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    Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Palestinians gather as rescuers search for victims at the site of a house destroyed by Israeli airstrikes at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, May 15, 2021.Photo:Xinhua
  • Yahya Mohammad Sobhi al-Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by DCI Palestine)
  • Suheib al-Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Osama al-Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Abdul Rahman Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Bilal Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Mariyam Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Youssef Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by New York Times)
  • Alaa Abu Hatab and his 4-year-old daughter Maria were the only members of a family of 7 to survive after their house was destroyed by Israeli attacks [Getty]

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the Al Shati camp (مخيم الشاطئ). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.528524, 34.446008.

  • Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the Al Shati camp (مخيم الشاطئ).

    Imagery:
    Planet

  • Distribution of tags in available satellite imagery.

    Imagery:
    Planet

  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @activestills

  • Tagged visual evidence in panoramic stitch of material from sources.

    Imagery:
    Al Araby

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

"During the night, the IDF attacked a number of senior members of the terrorist organization Hamas in an apartment that serves as a terrorist infrastructure in the area of ​​the Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip...The IDF takes precautions to minimize possible harm to civilians during its military activity."

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (8 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (98) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT069

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

قيزان أبو رشوان, Qizan Abu Rashwan, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.329006, 34.283700 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between one and seven civilians were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on the Qizan Rashwan area on May 15th, 2021.

Multiple sources report a strike on a naval facility in the vicinity of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday 15 May 2021, amongst a series of strikes on the area.

Multiple sources suggest that the facility was in the Qizan Rashwan area between Khan Yunis and Rafah, while one source described it as a ‘marine rest house’.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and others described the strike as a drone strike, carried out around 14:00 that day.

PCHR have also reported that one person was seriously injured as a result of the strike, “an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Qararah Municipality in northern Khan Younis. As a result, a person sustained serious wounds and was taken to Naser Hospital.” Al Mezan was alone in reporting seven injuries, although it is unclear if this figure has been collated from all strikes in southern Gaza that day, of which there were multiple. Elbalad also reported injuries but did not provide a number.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attribute the strikes to Israel.

In an official press statement, the IDF on the 15th May stated: ” IDF fighter jets struck the house of Tisar Mevasher, commander of the Hamas ‘Karrara’ Battalion in Khan Yunis, and the house of Azi Tama’a, commander of the Hamas ‘Central Camps’ Brigade in Deir al-Balah. Both houses served as military infrastructure for the Hamas terror organization.” It is unclear at this time if this strike is referencing this event.

The incident occured at 14:00:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Image of a strike on Khan Younis on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by @SyedWaqax5)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Qizan Abu Rashwan (قيزان أبو رشوان) area, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.329006, 34.283700. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Qizan Abu Rashwan (قيزان أبو رشوان) area.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
  • position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

[18:52, 5/15/2021] IDF News Desk: IDF:

IDF strikes the houses of the commanders of the Hamas 'Central Camps' Brigade and the Hamas 'Karrara' Battalion, both of which served as Hamas military infrastructure

Earlier today, IDF fighter jets struck the house of Tisar Mevasher, commander of the Hamas 'Karrara' Battalion in Khan Yunis, and the house of Azi Tama'a, commander of the Hamas 'Central Camps' Brigade in Deir al-Balah. Both houses served as military infrastructure for the Hamas terror organization.

Damage to these infrastructures dealt a blow to the military capabilities of the Hamas terror organization.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    None known
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]