Israel and Gaza 2023

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Incident Code

M21ISPT002

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

تلة الكاشف, Al Kashef Hill, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.523208, 34.501505 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Muhammad Saber Suleiman, a 15-year-old boy, and his father, Saber Ibrahim Suleiman, were killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Jabalia, northern Gaza on May 10th 2021, according to local reports.

Saber Ibrahim Suleiman, 38, was reportedly a commander in the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam brigades, according to the Defense for Children International Palestine report. This was confirmed in a post on the organisation’s website.

Al-Haq reported that at 6:10 PM one missile targeted the father and son while they worked on their agricultural land in the Jabal Al-Kashef area, east of Izbt Abd Rabbo. In a Facebook post, a relative said the strike had targeted Mr. Suleiman’s car.

Defense for Children International Palestine and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reported that a drone had been used to carry out the strike.

Mahmoud Suliman, a relative told The Nation:  “We can’t believe that we lost Saber and his son. Saber had a good reputation and we won’t forget him.” He called on “the resistance” of Hamas and Gaza’s armed groups to avenge the loss.

Images and videos, found by @DigFind_ and others, showed Muhammad Saber Suleiman dressed in uniform and firing weapons. However, no official channels verify if he is a member of a militant organization.

The bodies of the father and son were taken to the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza where it was declared they had died from shrapnel wounds.

Saber and his son were buried in Jabaliya camp, north Gaza.

The incident occured at approximately 6:10 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 children)
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1–2

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (17) [ collapse]

  • Mourners carry the body of Saber and his son Muhammed Suleyman during funeral ceremony in Jabalia refugee camp (image posted posted by Mustafa Hassona of Anadolu Agency)
  • Mourners carry the body of Saber and his son Muhammed Suleyman during funeral ceremony in Jabalia refugee camp (image posted posted by Mustafa Hassona of Anadolu Agency)
  • A young boy is seen at the funeral of Saber and Muhammed Suleyman during funeral ceremony in Jabalia refugee camp (image posted posted by Mustafa Hassona of Anadolu Agency)(Courtesy of AFP)
  • An image of Saber Ibrahim Suleiman which appears on a list of martyrs on the the Al Qassam website
  • An image of Saber and his son Muhammed Suleyman. (image posted by the Namaa Football Club Facebook page)
  • An image of Muhammed Suleyman. (image posted by the Namaa Football Club Facebook page)
  • Caption: "The son of the martyr Saber Suleiman during a farewell to his father and brother today in Jabalia, in the northern Gaza Strip" (image posted by @alshgar789)
  • An image of Muhammad Suleiman (posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • An image of Muhammad Suleiman (posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • An image of Muhammad Suleiman that appeared in an article by The New York Times titled "They Were Only Children' (Image posted by The New York Times)
  • Muhammed Suleyman practices firing a weapon watched over by his father Saber. (Image posted by @DigFind_)
  • Saber Suleiman poses with a weapon. (Image posted by @DigFind_)
  • Muhammed Suleyman poses with a weapon. (Image posted by @DigFind_)
  • Muhammed Suleyman poses with a rifle and a pistol (Images posted by @Jtruzmah)
  • Muhammed Suleyman poses with a rifle (Images posted by @Jtruzmah)
  • A collage of images of Saber and Muhammed Suleyman (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • An image of Saber Suleyman. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Kashef hill (تلة الكاشف) in the neighbourhood of Ezbet Abd Rabbu (عزبة عبد ربه), east of Jabalia (جباليا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Kashef hill are: 31.523208, 34.501505.

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 children)
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1–2

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT003

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

حي المنارة, Al Manara neighborhood, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.315061, 34.309542 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One militant was killed and three people were reported injured in an alleged Israeli drone strike in the Al-Manara neighborhood, east of Khan Yunis, Gaza on May 10th 2021, according to multiple sources. Sources were conflicted as to whether the injured people were civilians or militants.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, told the Safa Press Agency that Salim Al-Farra died after being targeted by a drone. New Palestine and Nada Al-Watan, said Mr Al-Farra, 37, died of wounds he sustained after a group of citizens were targetted.

Mr. Al-Farra was pronounced dead at 4:20 am the following day, according to Al Mezan.

In a Telegram channel, run by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, it was revealed that Salim Muhammad Al-Farra “Abu Al-Bara” had been the commander of a missile unit in the Khan Yunis Brigade.

Al Mezan and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said that three additional people were injured in the strike. The Shms News Agency, which referred to them as civilians,  said they were taken to the Nasser Medical Complex for treatment. Al Haq reported that all three were members of the Palestinian resistance movement.

The website, Felesteen, quoted informed sources saying the bombing was a failed assassination attempt on one of the leaders of the Palestinian resistance.

The incident occurred at 22:15 local time.

The incident occured at approximately 11:15 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–3

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • An image of Salim Al-Farra (Image posted by @salfarra)
  • An image of Salim Al-Farra (Image posted by @alaaibra95)
  • The body of Salim Al-Farra is seen in the morgue after he was killed in an alleged Israeli bombing in the Al-Manara neighborhood (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • The body of Salim Al-Farra is seen in the morgue after he was killed in an alleged Israeli bombing in the Al-Manara neighborhood (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • Onlookers photograph the body of Salim Al-Farra after he was killed in an alleged Israeli bombing in the Al-Manara neighborhood (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • The body of Salim Al-Farra is seen in the morgue after he was killed in an alleged Israeli bombing in the Al-Manara neighborhood (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • Onlookers stand next to the body of Salim Al-Farra after he was killed in an alleged Israeli bombing in the Al-Manara neighborhood (Image posted by @alkofiyatv)
  • The body of Salim Al-Farra is seen in the morgue after he was killed in an alleged Israeli bombing in the Al-Manara neighborhood (Image posted by @AymanSawali)
  • An image of Salim Al-Farra in uniform (Image posted by @AymanSawali)
  • An image of the funeral of Salim Al-Farra in Khan Yunis (Image posted by @SafaPs)
  • An image of the funeral of Salim Al-Farra in Khan Yunis (Image posted by @SafaPs)
  • An image of Salim Al-Farra in an underground tunnel. (Image posted to the Hama Al-Aqsa Telegram channel)
  • An image of Salim Al-Farra (Image posted to the Hama Al-Aqsa Telegram channel)
  • An image of Salim Al-Farra using a mortar (Image posted to the Hama Al-Aqsa Telegram channel)
  • A memorial to Salim Al-Farra, killed in an alleged Israeli bombing in the Al-Manara neighborhood. (Image posted to the Hama Al-Aqsa Telegram channel)
  • An image of Salim Al-Farra posing with a weapon. (Images posted to the Al-Aqsa Telegram channel)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Manara (المنارة), within Khan Younis (خان يونس‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.315061, 34.309542. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Manara (المنارة), within Khan Younis (خان يونس‎).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–3
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1
  • Belligerents reported injured
    0–3

Sources (38) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT005

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

صالح دردونة, Saleh Dardouna Street near Al-Omari Mosque in Jabalia, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.526024, 34.483359 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians were killed, including two children, and as many as 34 people were injured, when an alleged rocket fired by a Palestinian armed group landed in Saleh Dardouna Street, near the al-Omari Mosque in Jabalia, north Gaza on May 10th 2021, according to multiple sources.

An investigation by Human Rights Watch revealed that seven civilians had been killed. The victims were named as: Bara al-Gharabli, 6; Mustafa Mohammad Obied, 14; Mousa Khamees Junied al-Zain, 20; Raed Abu Warda, 33; Nabeel Noman Dardona, 24; Ismat al-Zain, 50; and Basheer Aloush, 54. Fifteen people were said to have been injured, including five children. A shopkeeper who witnessed the strike identified one of the injured children as Mohammed Shaban.

In a report published on May 11th 2021, Defence for Children International – Palestine, said eight civilians had been killed and as many as 34 injured, 10 of them children. Mustafa Mohammad Mahmoud Obaid, 16, was killed in the blast, and five-year-old Baraa Wisam Ahmad al-Gharabli succumbed to his injuries around 11 p.m. on May 10.

Another man, Zakaria Ziad Alloush, was also reported to have been killed. Tributes were paid online by relatives who identified Basheer and Zakaria Alloush as uncle and nephew respectively.

Four people, who were on the street at the time, said they saw a rocket rise into the sky above them and then fall to the street. Two adults said they saw the rocket approach from the northwest. Human Rights Watch spoke to a relative of one of the deceased who was at the scene. He gave the following account: “At about 6 p.m. I was standing near the entrance to the local market on Martyr Salah Dardona Street. I was near about 50 people who were close together in the street. Some of them were there to get food for poor people, cooked by locals wanting to help the poor during Ramadan. Suddenly, I heard a barrage of rockets being fired and I looked up and saw them rise in the air. I saw one rocket rising in the shape of a spiral and then it came down in the middle of the street about 10 meters from where I was standing.” The relative said that among those killed and injured were a father and a child washing a car, a man riding a motorbike, a child coming to get a plate of food, a woman exiting a hairdresser’s shop, and a child playing in front of a bicycle shop. The relative later spoke to a person who told him that six rockets had been launched from the Sheikh Radwan area of Jabalya.

The wife of one of those killed gave the following account: “[My husband] had just come home from work. He had bought sweets and new clothes for everyone, in preparation for Eid [Muslim holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan]. Before he left, he gave the kids some sweets and kissed and hugged them. Then he asked me to look after the kids, as he wanted to buy one more thing. He told me he wouldn’t be delayed, as he was feeling tired. But he never came back.”

Some sources, including accounts from relatives of the victims, reported that Israeli forces were responsible for the strike. Human Rights Watch determined, based on witness accounts during site visits, munition remnants, and a review of video footage, that the casualties had been caused by a Palestinian rocket. Defence for Children International – Palestine came to the same conclusion citing Palestinian security sources and explosives experts.

The website NGO Monitor reported that one of the deceased, Issmat Shaaban Al-Zain had been a member of the Izz Ad-din Al-Qassam brigades. Al Qassam verified that he was a member, posting in their Telegram channel “The martyr Al-Qassami Mujahid / Ismat Sha`aban Al-Zein from Jabalia Al-Balad, who was martyred during the battle of #Saif_Al-Quds”. The Israeli Defense Force also identified Raed Abu Warda as “a Hamas terrorist operative [who] was killed in a failed jihadist launch” but Raed’s name was not posted in the official Al Qassam Telegram channel.

The strike occurred at 18:00 local time.

The incident occured at approximately 6:00 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

18 years old male Nephew killed

The victims were named as:

Age unknown male A shop owner was quoted as telling HRW “I saw a child, Mohammed Shaban, whose eyes were bleeding”. injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (2 children4–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–34
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Palestinian Militants, Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1–2

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Baraa Wissam Ahmed al-Garabli was killed when a Palestinian rocket reportedly fell short of its target on May 10th, 2021. (Image posted by Musa Alloush)
  • An image of Bashir Muhammad Alloush Abu Sa'ad (Image posted to the Facebook page of Abo Ibrahim Al Adham)
  • An image of Issmat Shaaban Al-Zain posing with a weapon. (Image posted by Hamas and used in a report by the Israeli research organisation, NGO Monitor)
  • A collage of images of Nabeel Dardona, Mousa al-Zain, Raed Abu Warda, Basheer Aloush, Zakaria Alloush, Mustafa Obied and Ismat al-Zain who died on May 10th 2021. Included are images of Muhammad Saber Suleiman and Saber Ibrahim Suleiman (ISPT003). (Image posted by the International Middle East Media Center)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    A wounded man is helped by onlookers. (Image posted by the International Middle East Media Center)
  • An image of Zakaria Alloush who died alongside his uncle Bashir Alloush. (image posted to Facebook by Musa Alloush)
  • "ראא'ד אלעבד זכי אבו ורדה. פעיל בארגון הטרור חמאס, נהרג משיגור כושל של הג'יהאד" Ra'ad El-Abd Zaki Abu Varda. A Hamas terrorist operative was killed in a failed jihadist launch.

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a strike on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة) near Al Omari Mosque (مسجد العمري) in Jabalia (جباليا). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.526024, 34.483359.

  • A composite still from a video showing the immediate aftermath of the incident on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة), May 10, 2021.

    Imagery:
    Knooznet Article

  • A composite still from a video showing the immediate aftermath of the incident on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة), May 10, 2021.

    Imagery:
    Knooznet Article

  • A composite still from a video showing the immediate aftermath of the incident on Saleh Dardouna Street (صالح دردونة), May 10, 2021.

    Imagery:
    Knooznet Article

  • Satellite image taken May 21, 2021, showing the features in the image above to verify an exact location.

    Imagery:
    Planet

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Palestinian Militants
  • Palestinian Militants position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Media
from belligerent (1) [ collapse]

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (2 children4–5 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–34
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Palestinian Militants, Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1–2

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Incident Code

M21ISPT004

Incident date

May 10, 2021

Location

مسجد الرحمن , Al Rahman Mosque, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.539063, 34.525488 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One man was killed, and as many as 13 people were injured, in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza on May 10th 2021, according to multiple sources.

Ibrahim Ahmed Khamis al-Shenbari (20), was killed and 13 others, including 4 women and 2 children, were wounded, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. They were taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital where their injuries were described as light to moderate.

Ibrahim was a member of the Izz ad-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, according to a post on the group’s website.

Sources differ as to the location of the strike. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said a missile fell close to the al-Rahman Mosque in Zaytun, causing damage to the mosque and nearby houses. Twitter user, @Mohammed_awed12, said the strike targetted the home of the Al-Shenbari family. Khames Al Shanbari, Ibrahim’s brother, told The National Ibrahim had been targetted whilst jogging in Beit Hanoun.

According to multiple sources, Ibrahim spent his final hours distributing gifts to children as part of the Eid festivities. He was described as “an imam of the worshipers” (a model to other worshippers) by a Twitter user @zumurd111.

Ibrahim’s friend, Abed Al Masry, told The National: “I am so sad for losing Ibrahim and it’s not only me,” Mr. Al Masry said. “The whole town is sad. He was known for his kind heart and his loving attitude towards others.”

The strike occurred at approximately 21:30 local time.

The incident occured at approximately 9:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • The body of Ibrahim Ahmed Al-Shanbari, 22, is seen in the morgue. He was reportedly killed by an Israeli airstrike in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. (Image posted to Twitter by @Ahmadshabat55)
  • Ibrahim Al-Shanbari is seen at the Salah El-Din Mosque in Beit Hanoun. (Image posted by @MarwaSaed12345)
  • An image of Ibrahim Al-Shanbari. (Image posted by @MarwaSaed12345)
  • Mourners carry the body of Ahmed Al Shenbari during his funeral in the northern Gaza Strip. (Image posted by Reuters)
  • Mourners are seen at the funeral of Ahmed Al Shenbari. (Image posted by Reuters)
  • Mourners are seen at the funeral of Ahmed Al Shenbari. (Image posted by Reuters)
  • Mourners are seen at the funeral of Ahmed Al Shenbari. (Image posted by Reuters)
  • Mourners are seen at the funeral of Ahmed Al Shenbari. (Image posted by Reuters)
  • An image of Ahmed Al Shenbari that was posted to a website operated by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Rahman Mosque (مسجد الرحمن) in the Zaytun (الزيتون) neighbourhood of Beit Hanoun (بيت حانون‎). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for the Al Rahman Mosque are: 31.539063,  34.525488.

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • 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
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY002a

Incident date

May 8, 2018

Location

الكسوة, Al Kiswah, Damascus, Syria

Geolocation

33.361391, 36.247927 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least two civilians, a man and a woman, were killed in alleged Israeli airstrikes on Al Kisswa on May 8, 2018.

According to Euphrates Post, Israeli forces targeted positions of the Assad regime in Al Kisswa on May 8, 2018. They also posted a video from a surveillance cameras of one of the commercial establishments that shows the moment of the strikes on Al Kisswa.

Smart News reported that the Syrian regime’s media said that “Israel targeted with two missiles in the area of ​​Kisswa in the Syrian countryside about two hours after the announcement of the United States of America to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran” and activists added that the missiles were targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guard headquarters in the area.

Shaam News quoted an announcement from the regime that they had intercepted and destroyed two Israeli missiles in the Al Kisswa area.

Smart News also quoted Reuters as saying that the bombing was intended for the Assad regime headquarters “without causing dead and wounded”.

However, Syrian Network for Human Rights reported that Hedaya Samir Al-Faouri and Hisham Hamdi Mazal Aldairi were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Al Kisswa.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also identified “a man and his wife were killed near place of shelling but the circumstances of their deaths are not known whether they were killed the result of a traffic accident, or it happened that they were there in the moment of shelling which caused their deaths”.

Israel did not make any official statement about the strike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Video shows the fire caused by targeting the positions of the forces of the Assad regime in al Kisswa by the Israeli occupation army a short while ago
  • A recording from the surveillance cameras of one of the commercial establishments recorded the moment of the Israeli missiles falling in the area of Al-Keswa.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Al Kiswah (الكسوة), for which the generic coordinates are: 33.361391, 36.247927. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Assad regime

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY017

Incident date

May 5, 2021

Location

اللاذقية, Latakia, Syria

Geolocation

35.575490, 35.794722 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least one civilian was killed and and six others, including one to three children and a woman, were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on various locations in Latakia in the early morning hours on May 5, 2021.

Images posted by @SAMSyria0 show three different children, a woman, and an elderly man being treated for wounds allegedly sustained during the Israeli strikes. Another tweet reported that according to the General Authority of Masyaf National Hospital, quoting Dr. Maher Younis, 10 injuries were being treated so far, including four serious injuries, from strikes near Deir Shamil in Hama. It is unclear if those injured are civilians or militants.

@SAMSyria0 identified “Lieutenant Sharaf: Hussein Ali Faisal Abeda”, a regime soldier, as being killed in the strikes on Lattakia.

According to Syrian Arab News Agency, “a civilian was martyred in the aggression, and six others, among them a child and his mother were injured, in addition to causing material damages as the Israeli aggression targeted a civilian plastics factory.”

However, Shaam reported that the it was actually a military facility, “activists on social media circulated scenes showing successive fires and explosions emanating from a site that was hit by an air strike in what is believed to be a warehouse of ammunition and weapons belonging to Assad’s forces and the Iranian militias supporting him.”

A tweet from @AsaadHannaa, a journalist for Al Monitor, identified the facility as being “suspected to manufacture drugs of Captagon pills and other drugs in #Latakia; belonging to Badih and Wissam Al-Assad (the family of Bashar Al-Assad)”.

@SAMSyria0 also identified a wood and ceramics warehouse as being struck in the vicinity of al-Raml al-Janoubi neighborhood in the south of Lattakia, in addition to providing the coordinates and referring to the sites struck in Lattakia as being “completely civilian and belonging to civilians”.

Additional details from SANA were that the strikes occurred at about 2:18am and the planes came “from the direction of south west of Lattakia targeting some positions in the coastal region.” @freeehsem added that 35 missiles were used in the bombardment.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the “Israeli airstrikes hit military positions of regime forces and Iranian-backed militias in both countryside of Hama and Latakia in the early hours of Wednesday morning.” In addition, “one civilian was killed and over five others, including a woman and three children, were injured as well as the destruction of a building, but it was not known if it was a warehouse or a workshop, in Ras Shamra and Ras al-Ain in Latakia countryside. However, it is not known if Israeli missiles or shrapnel of the missiles of the regime’s air-defences left these casualties and caused the material damage.”

A post from Nors studies pointed out that “one of the targeted sites is in Ras Shamra, away from the Russian Hmeimim base, where the S-400 systems are located only 20 km away.”

Ynet News reported that according to Syrian television, as a result of the attack, electricity infrastructure in a certain area of ​​the port city of Latakia was damaged, and as a result, the supply of electricity to residents in the area was stopped. Technical teams are working to restore the infrastructure. It was also reported that private homes in the area were also damaged as a result of the attack.

This incident was geolocated by @obretix. The majority of sources attributed the strikes to Israel but the Israeli Defense Forces refused to comment on the strikes.

The incident occured at 02:18:00 local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–16
  • 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 targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (49) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (59) [ collapse]

  • Geolocation of the "plastic factory" that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike north of Latakia last night (images posted by @obretix)
  • Geolocation of the "plastic factory" that was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike north of Latakia last night (images posted by @obretix)
  • location of another warehouse/factory in Latakia that was targeted last night (Images posted by @obretix)
  • location of another warehouse/factory in Latakia that was targeted last night (Images posted by @obretix)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Lattakia, SANA- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on Wednesday at dawn confronted an Israeli aerial aggression from the direction of south west of Lattakia to some points in the coastal area and downed a number of missiles. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: One of the targeted sites is in Ras Shamra, away from the Russian Hmeimim base, where the S-400 systems are located only 20 km away (Images posted by Nors studies via Facebook)
  • Alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Missile remnants from alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Missile remnants from alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Alleged Israeli cruise missile strikes on buildings and sites southwest of #Lattakia city. (Image posted by Steele Maiko via Facebook)
  • Fires from alleged Israeli strikes in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @AsaadHannaa)
  • Fires from alleged Israeli strikes in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @AsaadHannaa)
  • Child injured in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia and Hama on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Women and children injured in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia and Hama on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Man injured in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia and Hama on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Destruction from strike site in Ras Shamra on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Strikes on an alleged wood and ceramics warehouse in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Strikes on an alleged wood and ceramics warehouse in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Strikes on an alleged wood and ceramics warehouse in Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Alleged tile factory in Latakia destroyed by airstrikes on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)
  • Lieutenant Sharaf: Hussein Ali Faisal Abeda, killed in alleged Israeli strikes on Lattakia on May 5, 2021. (Image posted by @200_zoka)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention an alleged plastics warehouse in the vicinity of Latakia (اللاذقية). According to research conducted by @obretix, the exact location of this strike is: 35.575490, 35.794722. Cross referencing evidence from audio-visual material from sources, we can confirm this location.

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
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–16
  • 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 targets
    Assad regime, Iranian military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (49) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY016

Incident date

April 24, 2021

Location

بانياس, Off the coast of Baniyas, Tartus, Syria

Geolocation

35.252280, 35.918130 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least three young men on an oil tanker were killed in alleged Israeli drone strikes off the coastal city of Baniyas on April 24, 2021 according to local sources.

A tweet from @SAMSyria0 reported that “the body of the young man, Ahmed Amin, from Arwad Island – Tartous, who is a crew member of the targeted ship, has been found. The search is still going on for the victims: the young man, Ahmed Mohammed, from the village of Balgons – Baniyas and the young Muhammad Hussein Yassin – Aleppo.”

A later tweet from @SAMSyria0 adds that “the young Ahmed Wafiq Muhammad, 18 years old, from the village of Balgons – Banias Tartous” has been identified as being killed on the oil tanker.

A Facebook post from Samaher Nasif added that Muhammad Hussein Yassin – Aleppo was also killed on the oil tanker.

Tik Debka reported that “other sources are clears that in the attack 4 of the crew of the tanker were killed, three of them Syrians.”

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there was “an explosion in an oil tanker coming from Iran, near the oil refinery in the coastal city of Banias.” At the time of their reporting, “it was not known whether the explosion was caused by a drone attack or naval attack on an oil tank within the tanker. The explosion caused fire and material damage, but no casualties have been reported.” SOHR later added that three Syrian people had died in the “burning of a fuel tank inside the Iranian oil tanker,” adding that “it is not known whether they are among the cadres working within the tanker.”

“The director of the observatory, Rami Abdel-Rahman, told Agence France-Presse, “At least three people were killed, two of them were crew members” in the attack, which caused a fire in one of the tanker’s tanks.”

Multiple sources, including the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency, alleged that the explosion was caused by a drone coming from Lebanese territorial waters but that the identify of the belligerent responsible was unknown.

According to a tweet from @NorsForStudies citing Russia Today, Moscow claimed that the tanker was not targeted and that the fire that broke out was due to negligence; Iran denied that the tanker belonged to them and identified it as being Lebanese; and the Syrian regime identified the tanker as being Iranian and blamed Israel for the strike.

@OQBAH33 attributed a drone strike to Israel and identified the tanker as belonging to Iran. A tweet from @IntelliTimes reported that Israel denied any connection to the attack on the tanker.

France 24 reported that according to Iranian media, the oil tanker was “one of three Iranian tankers that arrived shortly before at the Syrian oil port of Banias.” However, other sources contested whether the tanker was Iranian, with Reuters quoting TankerTrackers, who said in a tweet that “the tanker seen burning today off the coast of Baniyas is not an Iranian vessel”, but Beirut-registered and the semi-official news agency Tasnim denied it was Iranian.

CNN included details that “The “Al-Ahlam” channel quoted unidentified sources as saying that the tanker was targeted “with two projectiles, one of which hit the front of it, leaving partial damage, and the other hit its roof and caused more damage.”

The Israeli military declined to comment on the incident. @obretix geolocated this incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Ahmed Amin احمد امين
Age unknown male from Arwad Island - Tartous killed
Ahmed Wafiq Muhammad احمد وفيق محمد
18 years old male from the village of Balgons - Banias Tartous killed
Muhammad Hussein Yassin حمد حسين ياسين
Age unknown male from Aleppo killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • Caption translation: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has monitored an explosion in an oil tanker coming from Iran, near the oil refinery in the coastal city of Banias. According to sources, the fires are unlikely to be caused by a technical failure. It was not known whether the explosion was caused by a drone attack or naval attack on an oil tank within the tanker. The explosion caused fire and material damage, but no casualties have been reported. It has not been conclusively confirmed whether the attack was carried out by a drone from Lebanese territorial waters, while the identity of the attackers remained unknown.
  • Caption translation: Firefighting teams on Saturday managed to put out fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker near oil downstream in Banias in Tartous. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said in a statement that a fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker is believed to be an attack by a drone coming from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. The Ministry noted that the Firefighting teams were able to extinguish the fire fully. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Firefighting teams on Saturday managed to put out fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker near oil downstream in Banias in Tartous. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said in a statement that a fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker is believed to be an attack by a drone coming from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. The Ministry noted that the Firefighting teams were able to extinguish the fire fully. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: Firefighting teams on Saturday managed to put out fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker near oil downstream in Banias in Tartous. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources said in a statement that a fire that erupted in one of tanks of oil tanker is believed to be an attack by a drone coming from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. The Ministry noted that the Firefighting teams were able to extinguish the fire fully. (Images posted by Syrian Arab News Agency)
  • Caption translation: A car bomb exploded a short while ago in Baniyas, and there were reports of a drone attack on an oil tanker from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translation: A car bomb exploded a short while ago in Baniyas, and there were reports of a drone attack on an oil tanker from the direction of Lebanese territorial waters. (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translation: The martyrdom of the young Ahmed Wafiq Muhammad, 18 years old, from the village of Balgons - Banias Tartous, in the death of the attacking of the enemy of the oil tanker. (Image posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • At least three young men working on an oil tanker were killed in alleged Israeli drone strikes on the coastal city of Baniyas on April 24, 2021 according to local sources. (Image posted by Samaher Nasif)
  • Caption translation: The death of the young man, Mahmoud Muhammad Amin, on board the tanker that was hit by a target of an enemy (no official statement confirms that it was an accidental accident) off the mouth of the oil in Banias. (Image posted @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translated: Pictures from the oil tanker WISDOM carrying the Panama flag, which was involved in an accident yesterday near Baniyas. New reports deny that it was targeted by a drone aircraft and say that the reason was caused by an electrician, but there is no official statement from the Syrian M (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translated: Pictures from the oil tanker WISDOM carrying the Panama flag, which was involved in an accident yesterday near Baniyas. New reports deny that it was targeted by a drone aircraft and say that the reason was caused by an electrician, but there is no official statement from the Syrian M (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Caption translated: Pictures from the oil tanker WISDOM carrying the Panama flag, which was involved in an accident yesterday near Baniyas. New reports deny that it was targeted by a drone aircraft and say that the reason was caused by an electrician, but there is no official statement from the Syrian M (Images posted by @SAMSyria0)
  • Alleged Israeli strikes on an oil tanker off the coast of Syria. (Image posted by Israel Hayom)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a fire on an oil tanker named Wisdom, off the coast of Baniyas (بانياس). According to research conducted by @obretix, checked and confirmed by our geolocation team, the exact coordinates for this tanker are: 35.252280, 35.918130.

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
    3 – 4
  • (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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Suspected target
    Iranian military

Sources (33) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISSY-080421

Incident date

April 8, 2021

Location

محيط دمشق, Vicinity of Damascus, Syria

Airwars assessment

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown