Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

PALIS012

Incident date

May 12, 2021

Location

بتاح تكفا, Petach Tikva, Israel

Geolocation

32.085352, 34.891841 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

As many as eight people were injured when a rocket allegedly fired by Hamas from Gaza struck a residential street in the city of Petah Tikva, central Israel early on May 12th, 2021, according to local reports. @PalinfoAr also tweeted that there had been a “death.”

The rocket hit an apartment building at approximately 02:00 causing a large fire which spread to surrounding buildings and vehicles, reported the Israeli news outlet Melabes.

Hadas, a tenant in one of the affected buildings, told Ynet: “We went down to the shelter, we heard an alarm and suddenly there was a boom. Smoke entered the shelter, and the neighbor next to me who was sitting on a chair flew backwards. One of the neighbors did not get into the shelter and was injured in the head”. “Our houses, everything is destroyed,” she added.

I24 News, Israel National News and Sama News attributed the incident to “targeting by Qassam rockets” or “Hamas terrorists” and Arab48 News said that the house “was directly hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.”

The Magen David Adom (MDA) medical service said its staff treated five people at the scene. The Beilinson Hospital announced that eight people had arrived at its emergency room following the incident: two suffering from smoke inhalation and wounds from shrapnel and six in mild condition, according to Melabes. However, according to Sama News, Al Araby, Orient, and Al Jazeera Palestine and Arab48 News, five Israelis were wounded.

Amongst the injured were a 40-year-old man injured by shrapnel and a pregnant woman suffering from smoke inhalation, reported Israeli outlet Petach Tikve.

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

  • Name unknown 40 years old male injured
  • Name unknown Adult female pregnant injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (17) [ collapse]

  • Smoke from fires caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @PalinfoAr)
  • Destruction to an apartment building and a car caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Destruction to an apartment building caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Destruction to an apartment building caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Destruction to a car caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by 24 News)
  • Destruction to an apartment building caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Live UA Map)
  • Destruction to an apartment building caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Live UA Map)
  • Destruction to an apartment building and fires caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Israel National News)
  • Fires caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by YNet)
  • Medics treat an injured man following strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by YNet)
  • Destruction to a building caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by YNet)
  • Destruction to a car caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by YNet)
  • Destruction to a car caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by YNet)
  • Destruction to a car caused by strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by YNet)
  • Damage from strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Melabes Petach Tikva)
  • Damage from strikes on Petah Tikva on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Melabes Petach Tikva)

Geolocation notes (5) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention residential buildings being struck in the centre of Petah Tikva (פתח תקווה). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 32.085352, 34.891841.

  • Reports of the incident mention residential buildings being struck in the centre of Petah Tikva (פתח תקווה).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @AviRabina

  • Distribution of tags in available Google Street View imagery.

    Imagery:
    Google Maps

  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @AviRabina

  • Distribution of tags in available Google Street View imagery.

    Imagery:
    Google Maps

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–8
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants

Sources (24) [ collapse]