Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0220

Incident date

October 15, 2023

Location

جوار مسجد خالد بن الوليد, Vicinity of Khaled bin al Walid Mosque , Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.370425, 34.334530 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Sunday, October 15th 2023, two civilians were injured by an alleged Israeli airstrike in the vicinity of the home of Abdel al-Abadia near the Khaled bin al-Walid Mosque in al-Qarara, east of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Information Center, along with Palestine Today TV, TV Manar, and Sama News Agency reported about the strike and the two injured civilians, as did multiple sources on social media. Salahaddin reported that the two civilians had sternum injuries, and included a video of a flaming building, allegedly the home that was bombed. Ben Kanaan reported on the strike and injuries and added “thank God there are no martyrs in the place”, thus indicating that no deaths had occurred as a result of the strike. Sources did not specify the names or details of the injured civilians and did not list civilian deaths or other injuries.

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

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The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

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Media
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Khaled bin al Walid Mosque (مسجد خالد بن الوليد) in al Qarara (القرارة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.370425, 34.334530. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

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Incident Code

R4557

Incident date

September 23, 2023

Location

سرمين, Outskirts of Sarmin, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

During the evening of September 23, 2023, a missile strike killed two civilians (one elderly man and one woman) and injured two others (a child in critical condition and a man) in a displacement camp in the outskirts of Sarmin, east of the city of Idlib in northwest Syria. In a Facebook post by the Syrian Civil Defense, the nephew of one of the victims confirmed the identity of the two killed and the two injured: Muhammad al-Qahit, who was “nearly 100 years old” (with some sources saying 90 years old), and his granddaughter Hanan were killed. The two injured are identified in the same post as Muhammad’s grandson Hussein al-Qahit and great-grandson Zaid. The ages of Hanan, Hussein and Zaid are unknown.

The belligerent’s identity is contested. Most sources attributed the strike to the Russian military and/or to the Syrian regime forces. One source designated “Iranian occupiers” and another one Syrian militias loyal to the regime as perpetrators of the deadly attack.

As a result of the missile strike, parts of the camp caught fire. Muhammad al-Qahit’s nephew, who survived, described the attack as “a very harsh night for us, between death, wounds, fires, and screams.”

A video posted on Twitter/X by AlJazeera Arabic shows the intervention of the Syrian Civil Defence after the bombing, where tents and other parts of the camp on fire are visible. The organisation then tweeted that they were able to treat the injured, recover the bodies of the two victims and extinguish fire in the camp. Images posted by @ShaamNetwork and other local sources show destruction to the camp, including the tents of displaced persons.

In the Syrian Civil Defence Facebook post, Muhammad’s nephew Muhammad Al-Hamad Al-Qahit who survived the attack said: “I lost him and I lost the sessions that used to bring us together and the stories that he told us.” He added that his uncle had “great hopes that we would return to our village” of Abu Maru, a neighbouring village of Hama (west-central Syria).

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (4)

Muhammad al-Qahit محمد القحيط
90 years old male killed
Hussein Al-Qahit حسين القحيط
Adult male injured
Hanan
female killed
Zaid
Child male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military

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Media
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  • Source: @SyriaCivilDefe
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    Source: @AZAM_1989
  • Source: @Mohammed78990
  • Source: @ShaamNetwork
  • Source: @ShaamNetwork
  • Source: @ShaamNetwork
  • Source: @ShaamNetwork
  • Source: @Freundlichkeitt
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    Source: @Freundlichkeitt
  • Source: SyriaCivilDefense
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  • Source: SyriaCivilDefense
  • Source: SyriaCivilDefense
  • Source: Sermen.yo.hal99
  • Source: @HalabTodayTV
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Syrian Regime Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime
  • Syrian Regime position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Russian Military Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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
    Syrian Regime, Russian Military

Sources (24) [ collapse]