Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

PALIS019

Incident date

May 13, 2021

Location

بئر السبع, Goral Junction near Be’er Sheva, Israel

Geolocation

31.310833, 34.788056 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One man was reported injured when a rocket, allegedly fired from Gaza, struck a stretch of road north of the city of Be’er Sheva, southern Israel on May 13th, 2021, according to local reports.

The Time of Israel said the man was treated by the Magen David Adom ambulance service following a rocket strike on the Route 40 highway, close to the Goral Junction.

Ynet reported that a 50-year-old man was found in his vehicle suffering from anxiety and was later taken to hospital. Beer Sheva Net reported the vehicle was hit directly and the man was lightly injured by shrapnel.

Multiple vehicles sustained damage as a result of the incident, according to Haaretz. One driver told Haaretz: “I drove really close to it, I’m lucky that my children weren’t here with me.”

A video was uploaded to twitter by @LocalFocus1 alleging to show the moments immediately after the strike.

The strike reportedly took place in the afternoon.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • A photo uploaded to Beer Sheva Net with the caption: "Following the barrage of missiles on Beersheba, a driver of a vehicle in a light condition from anxiety on Route 40 near the Gurel junction." The images is credited to the Rescue Union spokesperson.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Goral Junction (צומת גורל) being struck near the city of Be’er Sheva (בְּאֵר שֶׁבַע‎), for which the coordinates are: 31.310833, 34.788056. Due to limited information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]