Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0024

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

عمارة أبو زهري بمدينة رفح, Abu Zuhri Building, Al Shaboura, Rafah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.284219, 34.258834 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 8th, 2023 at around 9:50pm, an alleged Israeli airstrike hit the Abu Zuhri apartment building in the Al-Shaboura refugee camp, Rafah City, in the Gaza strip, and killed between four and five civilians, among them Jasser Marjouna, Jasser Marjouna’s wife, Abdulnaser Shabanah, and an infant and woman whose names are not published within the sources; the strike also injured between 20-55 civilians, including Wissam Sabah.

Abdulnaser Shabanah was killed on his wedding day, as reported by Thaer Mohamed, a fellow resident of the building. Jasser Marjouna was a leader in the Democratic Engineering Rally and a member of the Board of Directors of the Engineering Syndicate, Rafah branch. @Shehab Agency and the Rafah City official Facebook page report that four civilians were killed, while the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) Gaza report that 5 civilians were killed in the attack. @ShehabAgency and Al-Watan Voice report that 20 civilians were injured, The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights and PCHR Gaza report 30 civilians were injured from the attack, and @Ehabhelou reports that 55 civilians were injured.

Al Shabab radio, the Palestinian Press Agency @SafaPs, PCHR Gaza, and other sources all allege that Israeli aircraft were responsible for bombing the building. Alam Sabbah, the nephew of Wissam Sabah and resident of the Abu Zuhri building, reports the strike occurred without warning and caused massive destruction and injuries, with many residents having to go to the Abu Youssef Al Najjar hospital after. Raed Sabbah, another resident of the building, reported that the bombing completely destroyed two floors of the building, including the roof. Members of the Palestinian Civil Defense arrived to evacuate civilians and transport the dead after the attack.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers released on October 26th.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at approximately 9:50 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Jaser Marjouna جاسر مرجونة
37 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 800617219
Wife of Jaser Marjouna زوجة جاسر مرجونة
female killed

The victims were named as:

Wissam Sabah وسام صباح
Age unknown male injured
Abdulnaser Shabanah عبدالناصر شبانة
Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1 child2 women1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–55
  • 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

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (46) [ collapse]

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    Source: Raed Sabbah
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    Source: Raed Sabbah
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    Source: Raed Sabbah
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    Source: Raed Sabbah
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    Source: Rafah city official page
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    Source: Rafah city official page
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    Source: Rafah city official page
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    Source: Rafah city official page
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    Source: Abdallah Al Attar
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    Source: Abdallah Al Attar
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    Source: Abdallah Al Attar
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    Source: Abdallah Al Attar
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Alam Sabbah
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    Source: Democratic Engineering Rally
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    Source: Thaer Mohammed
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    Source: Thaer Mohammed
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    Source: Thaer Mohammed
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    Source: Samer Karnab facebook
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    Source: Mahmoud Eyad facebook
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    Source: Mahmoud Eyad facebook
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    Source: Free students national organistaion facebook
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    Source: Engineering democratic initiative facebook
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    Source: Ismail Athmana facebook
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    Source: Ismail Athmana facebook
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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Geolocation notes (3) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Abu Zuhri apartment building (عمارة أبو زهري) in the Al Shaboura camp (معسكر الشابورة). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.284219, 34.258834.

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    Source: Alam Sabbah

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    Source: Alam Sabbah

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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
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 5
  • (1 child2 women1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    20–55
  • 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

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0034

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

قرب مسجد علي بن أبي طالب, Vicinity of Ali Bin Abi Talib Mosque, Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.495066, 34.446133 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 8th 2023, Israeli aircraft reportedly bombed a residential building in Al-Zaytoun, Gaza City, resulting in an unspecified number of civilians killed and wounded.

While posts shared by Shehab News Agency and other social media users claim that people were inside the building at the time of the strike, no details are currently available about the exact number of people wounded or killed. In a post on X/Twitter shared on October 8, Shehab News Agency described this incident stating, “[Israeli] aircraft bombed a house for the Shaldan family on the heads of its residents in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City.” A tweet from @lameesabueyada00 referred to “martyrs” under the rubble while a Facebook post by Atef Najar reported “martyrs and wounded”.

@lameesabueyada00 identified the location as “north of the Ali bin Abi Talib Mosque in the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood.”

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. A tweet from @PalinfoAr added that the strike occurred “without warning”.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • 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

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Source: @SouleFacts
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a house in the vicinity of the Ali Bin Abi Talib Mosque (مسجد علي بن أبي طالب) in the Al Zeitoun (الزيتون) neighbourhood of Gaza city (غزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.495066, 34.446133. 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
    2
  • 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

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0036

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

مخيم النصيرات, Nuseirat camp, Deir Al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.458824, 34.389414 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

An alleged Israeli airstrike that hit the civilian home of the Younis family in Nuseirat refugee camp at 4:30pm on the 8th of October 2023 killed six members of the family and injured a child.

While reports immediately after the strike reported a lower death toll, later reports were agreed that six civilians had been killed. SND Palestine published images of the funerals. Reports also mention one child who was pulled from the rubble alive.

The victims were identified in local reporting as: Ayman Younis (50 years old), his wife Areej, and their children Abdul Aziz (son, 14 years old), Alaa (daughter, 20 years old), Hala (daughter, 18 years old), and Lina (daughter, 16 years old). The child who was injured has not been identified by name. A condolence message was posted for the family by the aunt or uncle of Areej and the Board of Directors of the Ashkelon People’s Association.

Al Mezan reported that the strike occurred at 4:30pm on October 8th at Al-Nusairat refugee camp and resulted in the complete destruction of the four-storey house of the Al-Assar family and three neighbouring houses.

Where possible, names have been matched with the list of nearly 7000 names published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health on October 26th, 2023.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. A tweet from @SafaPs specified that the bombing occurred without warning.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Ayman Younis “Abu Al-Abd” أيمن يونس
50 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 953999265
Areej “Umm al-Abd.” أريج
female Wife of Ayman killed
Abdul Aziz Ayman Younis عبد العزيز أيمن
14 years old male Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 426449476
Alaa Ayman Younis الاء ايمن يونس
20 years old female Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 408874675
Hala Ayman Younis حلا أيمن يونس
18 years old female Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 421265133
Lina Ayman Younes لينة أيمن يونس
16 years old female Child of Ayman and Areej killed Matched to MoH ID 424414084

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (2 children3 women1 man)
  • 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

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (25) [ collapse]

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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @Snd_pal
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    Source: @SafaPs
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: @refugeesps
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    Source: Emad Jamal
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    Source: Mohammed Ismail Al Hor
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    Source: Mohammed Ismail Al Hor
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    Source: Adham matar
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    Source: Adham matar
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    Source: Al Nusayrat camp
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the Nuseirat camp (مخيم النصيرات). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.458824, 34.389414.

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  • Imagery:
    Mohammed Ismail Al Hor

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
    IDP or refugee camp
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (2 children3 women1 man)
  • 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

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0020

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

مخيم البريج, Al Bureij Camp , Deir al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.437934, 34.403857 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Sunday, October 8th 2023, at least 15 members of the al-Nabahin family, including 10 children, four women and one young man were killed when alleged Israeli airstrikes struck their family home, destroying all four floors and a neighboring house east of Al-Bureij camp. On Twitter, one source commented on the attack: “The family of Hajj #Fathi Al-Nabahin and his children, his children’s wives and his children’s children #east of Al-Bureij camp are all under the rubble. A large family (father, children and grandchildren)”.

The names and ages of 14 of the civilians killed were provided by Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights – and 10 of them were reconciled with the list of victims killed published by the Palestinian Ministry of Health on October 26th: Ola Al-Muqadamah Al-Nabahin (wife of Fadi Fathi Al-Nabahin), Hadeel Abdel Fattah Attiya al-Nabahin (25), Ola Ziyad Abdel Aziz al-Nabahin (26), Areeh Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (9), Muhammad Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (8), Adam Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (7), Qais Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin (2), Kenan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (7 or 8 year-old, depending on local sources, son of Tamer al-Nabahin), Rayan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (5, son of Tamer al-Nabahin), Maryam Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (2, daughter of Tamer al-Nabahin), Jamal Ibrahim Attiya al-Nabahin (7), Muhammad Jaafar Attiya al-Nabahin (13 or 15), Rahaf Jaafar Attiya al-Nabahin (15 or 16), and Attiya Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin (24). On Twitter/X, Nihad Abo Ghayoun also identified a fifteenth victim, a woman, Halima Al-Nabahin, without indicating her age. He claimed that six bodies of Al-Nabahin members were initially transported to Al-Aqsa hospital. Multiple sources on social and local media confirmed the strikes and the victims’ details, including the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Al-Haq Foundation and the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. According to the Adalah Center and Al-Mezan Center, both organisations had been representing the 24 year old victim Attiya Fathi Attia al-Nabahin in a long-term legal battle since 2014 to demand civil compensation after he was injured at the age of 15 by Israeli sniper fire, which left him permanently paralyzed from the neck down.

Osama Burhem, Attiya’s friend, also shared similar details about this story on social media, recalling in a tearful text that “a soldier shot him for no reason”, adding “this day/The same soldier bombed the whole house / May Attiya and most of his family ascend to heaven (…) This child who was wronged by the entire universe (…)  the heart cries over the injustice you experienced/ May God have mercy on you and your family Goodbye to Uncle Abu Tariq, Umm Tariq, and the rest of the family / Patience for Tamer if he is still alive” Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights recorded Tamer al-Nabahin’s eyewitness testimony. Tamer, Attiya’s brother, told Al-Mezan that he survived the bombing alongside his pregnant wife, and that the house was bombed at a time when his three children were playing with their cousins in the entrance to the house – all of whom were killed.

The Kid’s Palace Kindergarten school posted a tribute to Tamer’s children: 5 year old student Rayan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin, his brother 7 year old Kenan Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin who was a former student, and 2 year old Maryam Tamer Fathi Attiya al-Nabahin, their younger sister. They also mourned the death of the mother of “Fathi Al-Nabahin” without providing her name or age. Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023. Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. Al-Mezan said that there was no warning given prior to the strike. The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 am in the morning.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at approximately 11:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (16)

Ola Al-Muqadamah Al-Nabahin عُلا المقادمة النباهين
Adult female wife of Fadi Fathi Al-Nabahin killed
Ola Ziyad Abdel Aziz al-Nabahin علا زياد عبدالعزيز النباهين
26 years old female killed
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 434643706
8 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435805353
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 437268766
Qais Fadi Fathi al-Nabahin قيس فادي فتحي النباهين
2 years old male killed
7 years old male son of Tamer al-Nabahin, matched with MoH ID number 438156390 killed
5 years old male son of Tamer al-Nabahin, matched with MoH ID number 440668507 killed
2 years old female daughter of Tamer al-Nabahin, , matched with MoH ID number 445201734 killed
Jamal Ibrahim Attiya al-Nabahin جمال ابراهيم عطية النباهين
7 years old male killed
13 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 429408727
15 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 426209417
24 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 404772931
Halima Al-Nabahin حليمة النباهين
Adult female killed
mother of “Fathi Al-Nabahin
Adult female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • (10 children4–5 women1 man)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Education
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Kids Palace Kindergarten
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    Source: Kids Palace Kindergarten
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    Source: Osama Burhem
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    Source: Abdullah Abo Rezq
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Bureij camp (مخيم البريج), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.437934, 34.403857. 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
    15
  • (10 children4–5 women1 man)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Education
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0032

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

جوار مسجد عبد العزام, Vicinity of Abdel Azzam Mosque, North Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.545256, 34.525208 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 8th 2023, at around 12:30pm, the Al Zaneen family house located near Abdel Azzam Mosque in Izbet Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, was allegedly bombed by an Israeli warplane. At least 21 members of the large Al Zaneen family were killed across three generations: 66-year old Jamil Hassan Muhammad Al Zaneen (Abu Muhammad) and his wife Salma Hussein Muhammad Al Zaneen, together with their three sons, Dr. Mohammed Jameel Al Zaneen, Hussam Jameel Al Zaneen and Hamza Jameel Al Zaneen, and their sons’ wives and children.

The large four-storey house housed around thirty people overall, and was reported to be completely destroyed. Initially Wattan news reported that nine members of the Al Zaneen family were killed, and some were wounded in a critical condition. But later most sources reported that 21 people, including 11 children (five boys and six girls) and five women, were killed. Their remains were transferred to the Indonesian hospital as they were removed from the rubble by Palestinian medical and civil defense teams, according to the Defense for Children International Palestine. In total, Airwars identified the names of 22 victims from Al Zaneen family through local reporting and relatives obituaries: 12 children, five women and five men killed in the bombing. Only one source, @fidaazaanin, also recorded the death of Jamil Hassan Muhammad Al Zaneen (Abu Muhammad). As such, Airwars estimated that between 21 to 22 civilians were killed in the airstrike.

Dr. Mohammed Jameel Al Zaneen was one of the doctoral student graduates at the University of Islamic Sciences Malaysia USIM. The Malaysia Branch of the General Union of Palestine Students honoured his memory in a dedicated post and extended its deepest condolences and sympathy to Al Zaneen family.

Dr. Al Zaneen was on vacation with his family in the Gaza Strip at the time of the attack. His wife Kholoud Muhammad Hassan Al Zaneen and their four sons – a twelve-year old Hasan Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen, a nine-year old Obaida Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen, a seven-year old Khaled Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen, and four-year old Amr Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen lost their lives in this tragic incident, survived only by one son.

Maruwan Alshireedi remembers that just the day before the attack the five sons of Dr. Mohammed Al Zaneen were reciting and memorizing the Qur’an with him. He wrote in a heartfelt testimony: “The eyes shed tears and the heart grieves, and people are sad to hear this news. Abaqa Biladi, a teacher of the two older Al Zaneen’s sons, wrote in a Facebook post: “Khaled and Obaida were my polite and intelligent students”.

Another son of Salma Hussein Muhammad Al Zaneen, Hussam Jameel Al Zaneen, killed in the strike as highlighted above, will be remembered for his “beautiful qualities, good morals, and unprecedented calm”, according to the Facebook testimony by his friend Qasem Abo Sido. He was killed together with his wife Heba Ismail Hussein Al Zaneen, their twelve-year old son Mouamen Hussam Jamil Zaneen and their five daughters – Misk Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen, a nine-year old Nour Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen, a seven-year old Zaina Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen, a five-year old Mais Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen, and a one year-old Hala Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen.

Also killed in the strike were Diana Mahmoud Muhammad Atta Al Zaneen, Risala Al Zaneen, and her two daughters, a five-year old Salma Omar Jameel Al Zaneen and a three-year old Balsam Omar Jameel Al Zaneen. Diana and Risala were reported to be the daughters-in-law of of Jamil al Zaneen. A post from Mohannad Mustafa Al Zaneen also indicated that Risala was pregnant at the time she was killed. Their cousin Anas Muhammad Hassan Al Zaneen was also among the victims.

Journalist Hani Abu Razouk documented a poignant clip of a woman from the Al Zaneen family crying after more than 20 members of her family were killed. She said: “All of them were martyred. All of them died. All of them went. More than 20 people in the house. They bombed them without warning.”

The photojournalist shared another clip of a woman crying for her daughter after she was killed in the bombing, saying, “My daughter is gone… she’s gone, for God’s sake, tell me if she is alive!”

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023.

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

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured at approximately 12:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (22)

Jamil Hassan Muhammad Al Zaneen (Abu Muhammad)
66 years old male killed
Salma Hussein Muhammad Al Zaneen سلمى حسين محمد الزعانين
Adult female Jamil's wife killed Matched to MoH ID 440417038
Dr. Mohammed Jameel Al Zaneen
Adult male Jamil and Salma's son killed Matched to MoH ID 800001505
Hussam Jameel Al Zaneen
Adult male Jamil and Salma's son killed Matched to MoH ID 800693962
Hamza Jameel Al Zaneen
Adult male Jamil and Salma's son killed Matched to MoH ID 409768934
Kholoud Muhammad Hassan Al Zaneen
Adult female Dr. Mohammed Jameel Al Zaneen's wife killed Matched to MoH ID 801827767
Hasan Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen
12 years old male Dr Mohammad and Kholoud's son killed Matched to MoH ID 430778316
Obaida Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen
9 years old male Dr Mohammad and Kholoud's son killed Matched to MoH ID 434010500
Khaled Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen
7 years old male Dr Mohammad and Kholoud's son killed Matched to MoH ID 436045090
Amr Muhammad Jamil Al Zaneen
4 years old male Dr Mohammad and Kholoud's son killed Matched to MoH ID 438555757
Heba Ismail Hussein Al Zaneen
Adult female Hussam's wife killed Matched to MoH ID 802596387
Mouamen Hussam Jamil Zaneen
12 years old male Heba and Hussam's son killed Matched to MoH ID 430114249
Misk Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen
Child female Heba and Hussam's daughter killed
Nour Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen
9 years old female Heba and Hussam's daughter killed Matched to MoH ID 432974228
Zaina Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen
7 years old female Heba and Hussam's daughter killed Matched to MoH ID 436966196
Mais Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen
5 years old female Heba and Hussam's daughter killed Matched to MoH ID 440410082
Hala Hussam Jamil Al Zaneen
1 years old female Heba and Hussam's daughter killed Matched to MoH ID 445745797
Diana Mahmoud Muhammad Atta Al Zaneen
Adult female killed Matched to MoH ID 402903033
Risala Al Zaneen
Adult female pregnant killed Matched to MoH ID 402903157
Salma Omar Jameel Al Zaneen
5 years old female Risala's daughter killed Matched to MoH ID 440417038
Balsam Omar Jameel Al Zaneen
3 years old female Risala's daughter killed Matched to MoH ID 443124755
Anas Muhammad Hassan Al Zaneen
Adult male Risala's cousin killed Matched to MoH ID 407695204

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    21 – 22
  • (12 children5 women4–5 men)
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (36) [ collapse]

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    Source: Qasem Abo Sido
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    Source: Abaqa Biladi
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    Source: Abaqa Biladi
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    Source: Abaqa Biladi
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    Source: Abaqa Biladi
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    Source: Abaqa Biladi
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    Source: Future steps
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    Source: Maruwan.alshireedi
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    Source: Maruwan.alshireedi
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    Source: Al Zaneen family
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    Source: Al Zaneen family
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    Source: Al Zaneen family
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    Source: Al Zaneen family
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    Source: Al Zaneen family
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    Source: Al Zaneen family
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    Source: Ata Al Zaneen
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    Source: Islam Mus Al Zaneen
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    Source: The General Union of Palestinian Students-Malaysia
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    Source: @fidaazaanin
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    Source: @fidaazaanin
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    Source: @fidaazaanin
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    Source: @fidaazaanin
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    Source: @Hakeam_ps
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    Source: Mohannad Mustafa Al Zaneen
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    Source: Mohannad Mustafa Al Zaneen
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    Source: Mohannad Mustafa Al Zaneen
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    Source: Mohannad Mustafa Al Zaneen
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Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Abdel Azzam Mosque (مسجد عبد العزام) in the village of Izbat Beit Hanoun (عزبة بيت حانون). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.545256, 34.525208.

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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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    21 – 22
  • (12 children5 women4–5 men)
  • 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 (28) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0022

Incident date

October 8, 2023

Location

مسجد اليرموك, Yarmouk Mosque, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.312024, 34.361819 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the evening of October 8th 2023, 12 people were reported injured, including a baby, when an alleged Israeli strike hit Yarmouk Mosque in the Gaza Strip. The mosque was reported to be completely destroyed.

A tweet from @ShehabAgency stated that 12 injured people arrived at the Al-Shifa Medical complex, while other sources mentioned that there were casualties without noting an exact toll. Images posted by various sources show a baby and an elderly woman injured near the mosque.

Felesteen News spoke to a witness named Bilal Salama (38 years old) who described what happened: “The bombing was sudden, without warning, we felt that the house was exploding, and after the smoke and dust cleared, the vision began to become clearer. I found my daughter bleeding from the impact of glass flying on her head. We all went down to check on my father and mother, who live on the ground floor and whose door opens directly onto the mosque. As you can see, we could not enter from here, so we went from the back and made holes in the walls, and we began removing the rubble until we reached my father and mother and some of the children, grandchildren, who were stuck under the stones that fell on them from the mosque.” Bilal Salama’s father and mother were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Felesteen News spoke to another witness named Hajj Jihad Jarour whose bulldozer, which is how he made his livelihood, was destroyed by the bombing: “We were sitting in the basement of the house, and suddenly we heard the bombing and the house shook and smoke filled the place. As you can see, everything is gone, the house and the tools. May God compensate us.”

The Palestinian Civil Defense reported on their teams dealing with the evacuation of citizens and the transfer of casualties from the surrounding area. Another local source specified that Ansar Central Ambulance Station evacuated the injured from the bombing.

The mosque was located near Ramzoun al-Ghafri on Al-Jalaa Street.

According to Felesteen News, the minaret at Yarmouk Mosque was silenced for the first time since the mosque was established in 1974. Felesteen News stated that “the bombing affected the area’s water lines and infrastructure” and “many of the houses surrounding the mosque are no longer fit for living”.

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

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The incident occured in the evening.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Daughter of Bilal Salama
female injured
Father of Bilal Salama
male injured
Mother of Bilal Salama
female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (24) [ collapse]

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    Source: Pharmacist Walaa Elmahallawi
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: Palestinian civil defense
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    Source: M saleh
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Bougara Demain
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Abu Ahmad
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Medical services - Gaza Strip
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    Source: Mou’men Hassouna
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Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Yarmouk mosque (مسجد اليرموك) in Gaza city (غزة). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following coordinates: 31.312024, 34.361819.

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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
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Religious Institution, Water station
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    12
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Food
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0008

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

عبسان الكبيرة, Abasan al-Kabira, Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.327947, 34.345404 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 7th 2023, 18 members of the same family, including at least five children and four women, were reportedly killed in an Israeli military airstrike, leaving at least one survivor, 11 year-old Tala Abu Daqqa, with injuries. Other sources reported that between 25 to 150 civilians were injured.

The attack took place at 11pm in the town of Abasan Al-Kabira, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. It was reported that Israeli aircrafts directly targeted the house of the Abu Daqqa family with several missiles, leading to its collapse.

Multiple sources corroborated that at least five children were killed.

Fajir News reported that two days prior to the missile strike on the Abu Daqqa family, Ali Abu Daqqa had been speaking to a journalist about an appeal for him to undergo heart surgery. He spoke alongside his son Khaled who was hopeful for his father’s recovery, Khaled Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa was subsequently killed in the strike, aged 22. Khaled’s brother Qais Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, was also killed, aged 12, along with his older brother Asif Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa who was 26 years old and their younger sister Maryam Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, who was 8. The report added that their mother and two of their brothers survived and were pulled from the rubble, however no other sources reported that there were multiple survivors.

Saeed Abu Daqqa posted on Facebook that this was the family of Yasser Abu Daqqa, 28 years old, who is currently being detained in an Israeli prison, with nine years remaining until his release. It was not immediately clear what Yasser Abu Daqqa was detained for. The victims included the mother of the prisoner, his siblings and their wives and their children.

Multiple sources reported the names of the other victims, though did not provide further details on ages or family connections. The named victims were as follows: Hassan Muhammad Abu Daqqa, Hussein Muhammad Abu Daqqa, Lian Hussein Abu Daqqa, Judy Hussein Abu Daqqa, Sham Hussein Abu Daqqa, Muhammad Hussein Abu Daqqa, Aseed Hussein Abu Daqqa, Muhammad Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa,  Uday Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, Dana Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, Nadia Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, Halima Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa, and Shaima Abdel Hadi Qadeeh.

CNN reported that at least 13 members of the same family, including four toddlers, were killed by an Israeli airstrike, which also killed another four people and injured 25 others. Al Ghad TV reported about 150 people had been injured in the Abasan area.

Tala Abu Daqqa, 11, a survivor, was pictured crying in an image shared on social media. It is reported that her father, mother and three sisters were killed in the attack.

PCHR reported that the building consisted of three floors of concrete and the bombing resulted in the complete destruction of the house, further damaging surrounding houses. PCHR added that the victims were within the building, with no prior warning of the attack. Multiple sources support this claim with images of the building turned to rubble.

Mohammad Abu Daqqa, a relative of the Abu Daqqa family, told CNN that five residential buildings, each three or four stories tall, were destroyed in the strike. “They hit us with two or three barrels of explosives and brought the entire buildings down,” Abu Daqqa said. “We call on the Arab and European countries to interfere … and UN to solve this situation, because we are in a dire situation.”

Airwars was unable to find exact matches of these names to the Palestinian Ministry of Health name list released on October 26th.

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

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

The victims were named as:

Family members (19)

Asif Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa عاصف علي ابو حمد أبو دقة
26 years old male killed
Khaled Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa خالد علي ابو حمد ابو دقة
22 years old male killed
Qais Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa قسس علي ابو حمد ابو دقة
12 years old male killed
Maryam Ali Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa مريم علي ابو حمد ابو دقة
8 years old female killed
Zainab Abu Daqqa زينب ابو دقة
Age unknown female Mother of the prisoner Yasser Abu Daqqa killed
Hassan Muhammad Abu Daqqa حسان محمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Hussein Muhammad Abu Daqqa حسين محمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Lian Hussein Abu Daqqa ليان حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Judy Hussein Abu Daqqa جودي حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Sham Hussein Abu Daqqa شام حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Muhammad Hussein Abu Daqqa محمد حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Aseed Hussein Abu Daqqa اسيد حسين ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Muhammad Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa محمد اسماعيل ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Uday Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa عدي اسماعيل ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown male killed
Dana Ismail Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa ذانا اسماهيل ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Nadia Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa نادين ابو حميد ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Halima Abu Hamad Abu Daqqa حليمة ابو حمد ابو دقة
Age unknown female killed
Shaima Abdel Hadi Qadeeh, Um Alaa شيماء عبدالهادي قديح ام علاء
Age unknown female killed
Tala Abu Daqqa تالا ابودقة
Age unknown female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    18
  • (5–6 children4–5 women7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25–150
  • 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

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Abu Ahmad facebook
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    Source: Alkabira Abdsan facebook
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    Source: Alkabira Abdsan facebook
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: Alhayat facebook
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    Source: Alhayat facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Wael Abu Dakkah facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Bassam QH facebook
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    Source: Omar Abu Dakka facebook
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    Source: Omar Abu Dakka facebook
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    Source: Omar Abu Dakka facebook
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    Source: Kairawan facebook
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    Source: Kairawan facebook
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    Source: Kairawan facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Abasan al-Kabira (عبسان الكبيرة). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Abasan al-Kabira are: 31.327947, 34.345404.

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
    18
  • (5–6 children4–5 women7 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    25–150
  • 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

Sources (19) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0010

Incident date

October 7, 2023

Location

محطة بنزين بهلول, Bahlul Petrol Station, Gaza , the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.537015, 34.462005 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On the 7th of October, 2023 six members of the Shaaban family were reportedly killed after their family home in the Al-Nasr neighbourhood of Gaza city was bombed by Israeli airstrikes. Those killed in the attack were identified as Nazir Shaaban (36 years old), his wife Enas Shaaban (35 years old) and their four children: Omar Nazir Shaaban, Ghada Nazir Shaaban, Batoul Nazir Shaaban (7 years old) and Ahmed Nazir Shaaban (1 year old).

Facebook posts were also made by relatives of the Shaaban family, confirming the casualties. These included Abu Almeer Shabaan, the cousin of Nazir Shaaban and Eng-Fathi Shaban, uncle of Omar Nazir Shaaban. In connection to Nazir Shaaban’s work as a “medical and laboratory analysis specialist”, a statement of condolence was released on behalf of the leadership of the General Directorate of Military Medical Services. A similar statement was also released online by the Al-Shati Joint Primary School which two of Nazir Shaaban’s children had attended: “We also condole ourselves with the [death] of the good student Ghada Nazir Shaaban from the fifth grade and the good student Batoul Nazir Shaaban from the second grade”.

Al-Jazeera reported on the “touching scene of a young Palestinian who lost all his family members after Israeli fighters bombed the Abu Shaaban family home in Gaza City.” On the 9th of October Saleh Bey News also reported that (wider) family members had said on Facebook that the [Israeli] aircraft struck the house of Nazir Shawqi Shaaban without warning which led to the death of the entire family.

Additionally, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights published a report on the 8th of October, calling for the United Nations Security Council “to intervene immediately to stop Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people”. The report made reference to the attack on the Shaaban family: “the Israeli attacks also targeted the home of the Shaaban family, resulting in the [death] of all family members: the father, mother, and their four children”.

Where possible, Airwars has matched names with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of nearly 7000 victims’ names and ID numbers released on October 26th.

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

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Nazir Shaaban نذير شعبان
36 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801100769
Enas Shaaban ايناس شعبان
35 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 801927047
Omar Nazir Shaaban عمر نذير شعبان
male killed
Ghada Nazir Shaaban غادة نذير شعبان
Child female killed
Batoul Nazir Shaaban بتول نذير شعبان
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437307911
Ahmed Nazir Shaaban احمد نذير شعبان
1 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 444884985

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6
  • (4 children1 woman1 man1 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Medical services Facebook
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    Source: Saeed Sakir Facebook
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    Source: Saeed Sakir Facebook
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    Source: Saeed Sakir Facebook
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    Source: Dr Akram Al-Tahir facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Abu Almeer Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Hiba Shabaan facebook
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    Source: Salah Al Madhoon facebook
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    Source: Salah Al Madhoon facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Mohammed Ajjour facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Bassam Shaban facebook
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    Source: Saleh Bey Facebook
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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Bahlul petrol station (محطة بنزين بهلول), within the city of Gaza (غَزَّة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.537015, 34.462005. 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
    6
  • (4 children1 woman1 man1 healthcare_personnel)
  • 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.
  • Impact
    Healthcare
    Impact on services or infrastructure relating to education, health or food supply. See methodology note for details.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

Sources (15) [ collapse]