Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0295

Incident date

October 17, 2023

Location

منزل عائلة أبو سليمة غربي مدينة رفح, Abu Salima family home, First Street in Tal Al-Sultan neigborhood, west of city of Rafah, Gaza strip, Rafah Governorate , the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

During the morning of Tuesday, the 17th October 2023, the Israeli Defense Forces allegedly bombed the three-storey residential building belonging to the Abu Salima family, located on First Street in Tal Al-Sultan neighborhood, west of the city of Rafah in the Gaza strip. The strike is reported to have killed at least nine family members, including at least seven children and two women, and injured others.

The airstrike killed a 33-year old mother Lubna Khalil Al-Jamal Abu Salima alongside her five daughters: 10 year old Shatha Bilal Issam Abu Salima, 12 year old Retham Bilal Issam Abu Salima, 9 year old Lana Bilal Issam Abu Salima, 7 year old Maria Bilal Issam Abu Salima, and Habiba Bilal Issam Abu Salima. According to the social media post by Zakariyya Abu Salima, all the girls were children under age of 16. Lubna’s relatives Abdallah Abu Haytham, Mohammed AL Jamal, and Abeer Ismail honoured her memory in social media tributes.

The attack on the Abu Salima family house also took the lives of Lubna’s mother-in-law 67 year old Zainab Ahmed Al-Amoudi Abu Salima and her two granddaughters, 7 year old Janan Attia Khaled Attia and 5 year old Rital Attia Khaled Attia. Canada Kindergarten posted a condolence message on Facebook, writing that “with hearts full of sadness and pain, we mourn the flowers of Kindergarten Canada, the two martyred children / Rital Attia.. Janan Attia (birds in paradise, God willing).” The images of the two young girls in a school uniform were attached to the post. Safe Press Service reported that a man had also been killed in the strike, but this has not been corroborated elsewhere and no identifying information is known.

A Facebook user Fady Rafat posted a video of the immediate aftermath of the strike showing the destroyed building and groups of men trying to pull out victims. Mohammad Ayman Jarbou, Doaa Khaled, and Haitham Ali shared on Facebook images of a large building surrounded by rubble with walls missing and with clouds of smoke arising from it.

Haitham Ali also posted the pictures of rescue efforts and injured people being transported on stretchers. Mohammed Refat Farhat posted a video of a young girl who had been recovered alive, presumably from under the rubble. Gaza News Network reported about the injuries on the site, but the exact number of injured civilians is unknown. Rafah Service Official Account on Facebook shared a video of an injured man on stretchers surrounded by doctors who had just arrived to Kuwaiti hospital.

A social media user Mohamed Hamada commented in a post dedicated to the deceased family members that “My uncle’s wife, Umm Muhammad Abu Salima (Al-Amoudi), passed away. My cousin Bilal’s wife, the entire family, and my cousin’s daughters were subjected to a barbaric bombing of their house in the city of Rafah.” In memory of his family, he also commented “O Lord, bless them with your satisfaction, heal those who remain, and bind our hearts.”

All names but one 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 strike to Israeli military. According to numerous local sources, the attack happened without prior 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 incident occured in the morning.

The victims were named as:

Family members (9)

Zainab Ahmed Al-Amoudi Abu Salima زينب احمد العامودي أبو سليمة
67 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 701187650
Lubna Khalil Al-Jamal Abu Salima لبنى خليل الجمل أبو سليمة
33 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 802784645
Shatha Bilal Issam Abu Salima شذا بلال عصام أبو سليمة
10 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 434342119
Reham Bilal Issam Abu Salima ريهام بلال عصام أبو سليمة
12 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 802784645
Lana Bilal Issam Abu Salima لانا بلال عصام أبو سليمة
9 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 435223458
Maria Bilal Issam Abu Salima ماريا بلال عصام أبو سليمة
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 437078918
Habiba Bilal Issam Abu Salima حبيبة بلال عصام أبو سليمة
Child female killed
Janan Attia Khaled Attia جنان عطية خالد عطية
7 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 436938344
Rital Attia Khaled Attia ريتال عطية خالد عطي
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 440687192

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    9 – 10
  • (7 children2 women1 man)
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Mohammad Ayman Jarbou
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    Source: Doaa Khaled
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    Source: Doaa Khaled
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    Source: Doaa Khaled
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    Source: Doaa Khaled
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    Source: Doaa Khaled
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    Source: Haitham Ali
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    Source: Haitham Ali
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    Source: Haitham Ali
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    Source: Haitham Ali
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    Source: Haitham Ali
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    Source: Haitham Ali
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    Source: Haitham Ali
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    Source: Ehsan Amin
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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
    9 – 10
  • (7 children2 women1 man)
  • 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 (35) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0302

Incident date

October 17, 2023

Location

منزل عائلة أبو لبدة وسط محافظة رفح جنوبي قطاع غزة, Abu Lebda family home near the Kuwaiti Hospital , Rafah, South Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

At dawn on Tuesday, October 17th 2023, between 17 and 26 civilians were reported killed, including at least seven women and five children, one of whom was an infant. Dozens of others, including children, were also reported wounded in the alleged Israeli airstrike on the home of the Abu Lebda family near the Kuwaiti Hospital in the town of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. According to Firas Abu Shakhr, the attack happened without prior warning.

Safa News reported on there being “dozens of martyrs and wounded” in the bombing, with TRT News sharing videos of the wounded and killed being carried by grieving family members away from the rubble of their destroyed home, and of a surviving woman’s heartbreaking screams for her children, “Where are my six children? Where are the Arabs?” TRT reported that wounded and killed civilians were transported on foot because it was not possible to transport them in ambulances, which were already over capacity with wounded civilians. It also quoted medical sources as saying the bombing resulted in “26 dead, including children and women, and dozens of wounded.”

A Facebook account Diwan of the honorable Abu Lebda shared very disturbing videos of the aftermath of the attack showing the wounded children crying from pain. Firas Abu Shakhr shared the pictures of the injured civilians, including children, whom doctors tried to resuscitate.

Many sources described the bombing as a “massacre”, with a Facebook user Sari Baraka noting, “My aunt, her children, her husband, her husband’s family, their wives and their children were martyred in a massacre…. Not all bodies have been recovered and the number of martyrs has not been counted yet”.

Social media testimonies by family relatives and friends helped to identify the names of 17 killed members of the Abu Labdeh family.

A 61-year-old man Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh (Abu Khaled) was killed alongside his 61-year-old wife Kawthar Abu Labdeh (Umm Khaled), their two sons –  32-year-old Khaled Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh and 33-year-old Ahmed Saleh Mahmoud  Abu Labdeh and their 21-year-old daughter Shahad Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh. Khaled Abu Labdeh was killed along with his wife and his infant daughter, while  Ahmed was killed along with his wife and his 5-year old son Saleh Ahmed Saleh Abu Labdeh.

Hisham Abu Lebda wrote a touching Facebook testimony to his late uncle Saleh abu Labdeh, saying, “You are gone, uncle. Who wants to call us now?” He shared an image of his uncle, an elderly man in a checkered shirt. The late Ahmed Saleh was remembered in the post by Ramy Saleh who shared an image of a young man in a striped shirt.

Among the victims of the deadly attack was also Abu Khaled’s 50-year old sister-in-law Kholoud Ibrahim Ahmad Al-Najjar Abu Labdeh, the mother of Fadi Abu Labdeh, alongside her two sons, 20-year-old Tariq Salah Abu Labdeh and 16-year old Muhannad Salah Abu Labdeh, and her two daughters, 22-year-old Alaa Salah Abu Labdeh and 30-year-old Hanin Salah Abu Labdeh. Hanin was killed with her two sons, 7-year-old Mohammad Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Labdeh, 4-year-old Marwan Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Labdeh and 5-year-old daughter Joan Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Labdeh. According to the Abu Ahmad Aburazan Alnajjarm condolence message on Facebook, Khouloud’s husband Salah Abu Fadi and her son Fadi abu Lebda survived.

Fadyi Abu Labdeh, who survived the bombing, mourned the death of his mother, brothers, sisters, uncle and their families. The husband of the late Hanin Abu Labdeh, Ahmad Ibn Mahmoud, wrote a Facebook tribute to his deceased wife and children, sharing images with three young children with school bags.

A Facebook account Diwan of The Honorable Abu Lebda posted pictures of some of the killed members of Abu Labdeh family, including pictures of the young children.

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

Where sources identified the belligerents 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 around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (17)

Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh صالح محمود ابولبدة
61 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 919883272
Kawthar Abu Labdeh كوثر ابولبدة
61 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 967466269
Khaled Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh خالد صالح ابولبدة
32 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 803207091
Ahmed Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh احمد صالح ابولبدة
33 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802731182
Shahad Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh شهد صالح ابولبدة
21 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 407877349
Wife of Khaled Abu Labdeh (Unnamed)
Adult female killed
Daughter of Khaled Abu Labdeh (Unnamed)
Child female killed
Wife of Ahmed Saleh Mahmoud Abu Labdeh (Unnamed)
Adult female killed
Saleh Ahmed Saleh Abu Labdeh صالح أحمد صالح ابو لبده
5 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 439118639
Kholoud Ibrahim Ahmad Al-Najjar Abu Labdeh خلود ابراهيم النجار ابولبدة
50 years old female Matched to MoH ID 934334657
Tariq Salah Abu Labdeh طارق صلاح ابولبدة
20 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 408835155
Muhannad Salah Abu Labdeh مهند صلاح ابولبدة
16 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 424733327
Alaa Salah Abu Labdeh الاء صلاح ابولبدة
22 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 407183623
Hanin Salah Abu Labdeh حنين صلاح ابولبدة
30 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 804717510
Mohammad Ahmed Mahmoud Abu Labdeh محمد
7 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 436942999
Marwan Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Labdeh مروان
4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 441276540
Joan Ahmad Mahmoud Abu Labdeh جوان
5 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 440689966

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    17 – 26
  • (6 children7 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]

Media
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    Source: Firas Abu Shakhr
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    Source: Firas Abu Shakhr
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    Source: Firas Abu Shakhr
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    Source: Firas Abu Shakhr
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    Source: Firas Abu Shakhr
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    Source: Journalist Adel Zourob Official
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    Source: Hassan A Zourob
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    Source: DS African
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    Source: Medline Essam Al-Aqraa
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    Source: Medline Essam Al-Aqraa
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    Source: Medline Essam Al-Aqraa
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    Source: Abu Gaza
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    Source: Journalist Adel Zourob Official
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    Source: Naje Abulebdeh
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    Source: Hisham Abu Lebda
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    Source: Ramy Saleh
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    Source: Diwan of The Honorable Abu Lebda
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    Source: Diwan of The Honorable Abu Lebda
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    Source: Diwan of The Honorable Abu Lebda
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    Source: Diwan of The Honorable Abu Lebda
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    Source: Diwan of The Honorable Abu Lebda
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    Source: Diwan of The Honorable Abu Lebda
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    Source: Ahmad Ibn Mahmoud
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    Source: Ahmad Ibn Mahmoud
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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
    17 – 26
  • (6 children7 women4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (26) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0286

Incident date

October 17, 2023

Location

منزل عائلة زعرب في مدينة خانيونس, Zorob family home, Batn Al Sameen, south of the Gaza Strip, Khan Younis, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

At dawn on Tuesday, October 17th, 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike hit a five-storey residential building, where at least nine families reportedly lived. At least seven members of the Zorob family along with at least 18 other civilians were killed, while at least four civilians were injured – including children.

The house was said to be on 7 Hada Street in the Batn al-Sameen area, in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip.

Among those killed were Police Captain Iyad Ibrahim Jasser al-Barqi Zorob (42 years old) and his wife Dr. Maysaa Khamis Mahmoud Farwana Zorob (39 years old), alongside their 13-year old daughter, Talin Iyad Ibrahim Zorob, and four of their five sons: 2-year old Baraa Iyad Ibrahim Zorob, 5-year old Kenan Iyad Ibrahim Zorob, 9-year old Ibrahim Iyad Ibrahim Zorob, and 14-year old Rayan Iyad Ibrahim Zorob. Sources were conflicted as to whether their 11-year old son, Muhammad Iyad Ibrahim Zorob, sustained injuries and survived the bombardment or was among those killed.

A tweet from @ajmubasher identified 24 killed from the strike on the Zorob family while @WWIIIAR reported a toll of “more than 30 martyrs in one family”. The majority of other local sources stated that 28 people had been killed, quoting the Gaza Interior Ministry.

Khan Yunis City posted that four injuries resulted from an airstrike in Batn al-Sameen while multiple sources reported on “dozens” of injuries. Very graphic images posted by Hamza Soqor show at least two children, including an infant, among the injured and a video posted by Amr Tabash shows at least four injured children arriving at the hospital in an ambulance.

On Twitter/X, @ShehabAgency published photographs captured by Amr Tabsh, showcasing the children’s aunt embracing the clothes of her late niece, Talin, while Mohsen Alafranji and @AJA_Palestine shared various images and a video, respectively, portraying the aftermath of the bombardment, along with the subsequent rescue and recovery efforts. Later that same day, the Zorob Family Youth Association posted pictures on Facebook documenting the funeral.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. According to a testimony posted on Facebook by Sharaf Y Dorgham, Captain Iyad Ibrahim’s cousin, the house was destroyed “without prior 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 (8)

Iyad Ibrahim Jasser Zorob إياد إبراهيم جاسر زعرب
42 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 906742341
Maysaa Khamis Mahmoud Farwana Zorob ميساء خميس محمود فروانة زعرب
39 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 800312977
Rayan Iyad Ibrahim Zorob ريان إبراهيم زعرب
14 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 427558838
Muhammad Iyad Ibrahim Zorob محمد إبراهيم زعرب
11 years old male injured
Ibrahim Iyad Ibrahim Zorob إبراهيم إياد إبراهيم زعرب
9 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 435088711
Kenan Iyad Ibrahim Zorob كنان إياد إبراهيم زعرب
5 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 440728798
Baraa Iyad Ibrahim Zorob براء إياد إبراهيم زعرب
2 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 445550494
Talin Iyad Ibrahim Zorob تالين إياد إبراهيم زعرب
13 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 429733082

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    24 – 31
  • (5–6 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (39) [ collapse]

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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @WWIIIAR
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    Source: Zoroub family
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    Source: Zoroub family
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    Source: HamzaSoqor
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    Source: HamzaSoqor
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    Source: HamzaSoqor
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    Source: HamzaSoqor
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    Source: HamzaSoqor
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    Source: HamzaSoqor
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    Source: Mohamed
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    Source: Ferwanapal
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    Source: Honor, Dhargham
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    Source: Honor, Dhargham
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    Source: Honor, Dhargham
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    Source: Hamza the terrifying Falcons
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    Source: Hamza the terrifying Falcons
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    Source: Hamza the terrifying Falcons
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    Source: Hamza the terrifying Falcons
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    Source: Fayez Zourub Abu Ahmed
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    Source: Farwana family in the homeland and diaspora
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    Source: Alghad.tv news
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    Source: Alam Sadeq
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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
    24 – 31
  • (5–6 children1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (39) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0289

Incident date

October 17, 2023

Location

حي الشعوط، غرب رفح، جنوب قطاع غزة, a residential house on Jame’ Ali Street north of Ali Mosque in the al-Shaout (Al-Shawut) neighborhood, western Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, Rafah, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

At the dawn of Tuesday, October 17th, 2023, an alleged Israeli airstrike hit a residential building located on Jame’ Ali Street north of Ali Mosque in the al-Shaout  (Al-Shawut) neighborhood in the western part of Rafah city, south of the Gaza Strip, reportedly killing a brother-in-law of the Palestinian journalist Hatem Omar, his wife and infant daughter alongside 25 other civilians, and wounding up to 54 civilians, including Hatem Omar’s wife, children and grandchildren.

Among those killed in the deadly strike were Hatem Omar’s brother-in-law Muhammad Nabil Mukhaimer “al-Shish”, Muhammad’s wife, a 26-year-old pharmacist Safaa Nizar Hassouna Mukhaimer, and their 5-month-old daughter (though also reported by the BBC as 3 months old), Elyana (Elena) Muhammad Mukhaimer.

On Twitter/X social media platform, @AJA_Palestine and other users shared pictures from the hospital where Hatem Omar can be seen collapsing from the shock and breaking down in tears upon seeing the bodies of his relatives and learning that his wife, children and grandchildren had also suffered injuries as a result of the bombardment. Later, Hatem stated that he had become “part of the event.”

The BBC reported in its article that a young mother Safaa Mukhaimer was killed when she was sleeping beside her three-month-old baby girl Elyana, and her husband. A Facebook user Adel Zourob shared a graphic image of the dead girl wrapped in white cloth and of a man holding her dead body in his hands in a hospital.

Safaa’s death was mourned by her uncle, a retired medical doctor based in the UK, Omar Hassouna, who shared that his niece was “polite, helpful, and loved by everyone,” having seen her for the last time in January, during his holiday in Gaza. According to Omar, Safaa’s parents managed to survive the strike, but were “in shock and devastated by her death.” He also shared an image of Safaa – a young woman in a white hijab holding a poster with the inscription “Student_today….Pharmacist_tomorrow”.

Condolence messages honoring the late Muhammad were posted on Facebook by various acquaintances, including Muhammad’s “friend and brother” Sameh Al Sharif and Waleed Yousuf, who referred to Muhammad as his “beloved brother and lifelong friend”. Hesham Abu Asaker stated that Muhammad was “noble” and “the one who forced you to laugh the most and the one who stood by your side in your misfortune, asking about you even in the darkest circumstances. He was well-groomed, gentle, an encyclopedic reader, and an accomplished movie watcher from the first grade. He loved everyone and had no enemies.” Sameh Al Sharif also shared an image of Muhammad – a young bearded man in glasses.

@AlHadath reported that 28 people had been killed and 54 others had been wounded by the Israeli bombing of a residential building in Rafah, while other sources reported 28 dead and “dozens” wounded.

Airwars has matched all three 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. The incident took place without prior warning, according to local sources.

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 (4)

Muhammad Nabil Mukhaimer محمد نبيل مخيمر
33 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802608265
Safaa Nizar Hassouna Mukhaimer صفاء نزار حسونة مخيمر
26 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 402518013
Elena Muhammad Mukhaimer إيلينا محمد مخيمر
5 months years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 444461867
Wife of Hatem Omar
Adult female injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    28
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    54
  • 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 (21) [ collapse]

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    Source: @ShehabAgency
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    Source: @Nashab_32
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    Source: @Nashab_32
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    Source: @Nashab_32
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    Source: @Nashab_32
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    Source: @T_Na1f
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    Source: @Jales_tinian2
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    Source: @AlQastalps
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    Source: Adelzourob73
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    Source: Asmar
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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
    28
  • (1 child1 woman1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    54
  • 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

ISPT0287

Incident date

October 17, 2023

Location

منزل  بعلوشة (أبو جميل) حي الصفطاوي شمال مدينة غزة, House of Baalousha (Abu Jamil), Al-Saftawi neighborhood, north of Gaza City, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

On Tuesday, October 17, 2023, an Israeli airstrike reportedly hit the Baalousha family home in the Al-Saftawi neighborhood of Gaza City. According to available information, between 15 and 16 civilians from two families were killed, including Muhammad Baalousha, a journalist employed by Palestine Today. Media reports, including Anadolu Agency, cited an unspecified number of civilians who were purportedly wounded. A source, Belall Daqqa, reported that the incident took place at dawn.

Reporting on this event on X, Shehab Agency stated, “Journalist at Palestine Today Channel/Gaza Bureau, colleague Muhammad Baalousha (Abu Jamil), was killed in a treacherous bombing that targeted him and his family last night in the Al-Saftawi neighborhood, north of Gaza City.”

In a post on the Palestine Today website, Palestine Today reported the death of Muhammad Baalousha and described him as a journalist as well as an administrative and financial director for the organization.

The victims were identified by multiple sources posting on Facebook, including a family member called Ahmed Baalousha, as 62-year-old Jamil Muhammad Baalousha (Abu Muhammad Baalousha) who was killed alongside his wife, 60-year-old Hoda Ismail Baalousha, their daughter, 34-year-old Pharmacist Dr Iman Jamil Muhammad Baalousha, and their sons, the journalist, 36-year-old Muhammad Jamil Muhammad Baalousha, and 31-year-old Ayman Muhammad Jamil Baalousha. Ayman Muhammad Jamil Baalousha’s wife, 30-year-old Heba Saeed Baalousha, was also killed alongside their daughters eight-year-old Hoda Ayman Baalousha, and five-year-old Kinda Ayman Baalousha, and son, four-year-old Jamil Ayman Baalousha. Muhammad Baalousha’s daughter, 11-year-old Layan Muhammad Baalousha, was also reported as killed and his other daughter, 13-year-old Tala Muhammed Baalousha, was reported as injured by a facebook user, Osama Ismail, however two Facebook posts from MA almaddah and Ahmed Baalousha reported her as having been killed.

Members of a second family were also reportedly killed during this incident. According to currently available information, this included 74-year-old Muhammed Almahlawy, also known as Abu Salah Almahlawy, alongside his son Salah Almahlawy and grandsons 26-year-old Hassan Almahlawy, and 29-year-old Muhammad Almahlawy. 19-year-old Majid Majid Ka’bar was reported as killed in this incident as well and family members made heartfelt tributes to him in online posts. All three men were described in a post by Ismael Z. Almahallawi as Ismael’s cousins.

Posting on Facebook a user named Hussien Isleem, stated, “Abu Muhammad Baalousha, was bombarded. As a result, he and his wife, the moral teacher, the martyr Hoda Hamada, and his son, the journalist who was a Qur’an who walked on the ground, Muhammad Baalousha (Abu Jamil), were martyred. His son, Ayman Baalousha, his wife and 3 children, and his daughter, Dr. Iman Baalousha…. Our neighbors joined them: Abu Salah al-Mahlawi, his son Salah, and his two grandsons Hassan and Muhammad.”

Anadolu Agency reported that, according to eyewitnesses, the incident left many others injured.

A facebook user called Shahd Abu Salma made a tribute to Hoda Ismail Baalousha in a post, saying she had been his primary school teacher and that their families had “joined together in thick and thin”.

Following this incident, journalist Amr Tabash posted numerous photographs on Facebook showing a crowd assembled in proximity to what appears to be a heavily damaged residential building. Posting on X, the Palestinian Information Center shared three photographs showing a crowd gathered around Muhammad Baalousha’s body. Another image of his funeral showed his body dressed in a press bullet-proof vest with a press helmet and wrapped in white funeral shroud.

The Guardian reported Muhammed Baalousha’s death and claimed, by October 17, Muhammed was the 12th journalist to have been reportedly killed by an Israeli airstrike.

UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, made a statement on October 30, 2023, stating “I deplore the death of Mohammad Balousha. I reiterate my call for the respect of the UN Security Council Resolution 2222/2015 on the protection of journalists, media professionals and associated personnel as civilians in situations of conflict and call for a full independent investigation into the circumstances of his death.”

Multiple sources, including a family member called Ahmed Baalousha, reported the ages of the victims from the Baalousha family as listed above. However their names could not be matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of names of fatalities published on October 26, 2023. Hassan and Muhammed Almahlawy and Majid Ka’bar were matched with the MoH list and their ages were confirmed.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces. A post from Shahd abu salma reported that the incident took place 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 incident occured around dawn.

The victims were named as:

Family members (11)

Jamil Muhammad Hassan Baalousha جميل محمد حسن بعلوشة
62 years old male killed
Hoda Ismail Baalousha هدى اسماعيل بعلوشة
60 years old female killed
Iman Jamil Muhammad Baalousha ايمان جميل محمد بعلوشة
34 years old female killed
Muhammad Jamil Muhammad Baalousha محمد جميل محمد بعلوشة
36 years old male killed
Ayman Muhammad Jamil Baalousha أيمن محمد جميل بعلوشة
31 years old male killed
Heba Saeed Baalousha هبة سعيد بعلوشة
30 years old female killed
Layan Muhammad Baalousha ليان محمد بعلوشة
11 years old female killed
Hoda Ayman Baalousha هدى ايمن بعلوشة
8 years old female killed
Kinda Ayman Baalousha كنده أيمن بعلوشة
5 years old female killed
Jamil Ayman Baalousha جميل أيمن بعلوشة
4 years old male killed
Tala Muhammad Baalousha تالا محمد بعلوشة
13 years old female

Family members (5)

Muhammed Almahlawy محمد المحلاوي
74 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 911236537
Salah Almahlawy صلاح المحلاوي
male killed
Hassan Almahlawy حسن المحلاوي
26 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 402526560
Muhammad Almahlawy محمد المحلاوي
29 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 400142121
Majid Majid Kaabr ماجد ماجد كعبر
19 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 420422594

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 16
  • (4–5 children3 women8 men1 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–10
  • 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 (43) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (41) [ collapse]

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    Source: @PalinfoAr
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    Source: @PalinfoAr
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    Source: @PalinfoAr
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    Source: Almashahad news
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    Source: Anadol news
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    Source: E3lam news
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    Source: Belal Daqqa news
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    Source: Basma alfarra
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    Source: Osama ismail
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    Source: Osama ismail
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    Source: Ahmad balousha
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    Source: Jamal al malawi
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    Source: Jamal al malawi
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    Source: Abu majid
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    Source: Ismael Z
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    Source: Ismael Z
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    Source: Misoun abu daher
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    Source: Abu muen radwan
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    Source: Abu muen radwan
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    Source: Abu muen radwan
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    Source: @sarahsalib
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Amro tapsh
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    Source: Anadolu Agency News
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    Source: @channeldraw
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    Source: @delta_defence
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    Source: @FPalestinex
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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
    15 – 16
  • (4–5 children3 women8 men1 journalist)
  • Civilians reported injured
    5–10
  • 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 (43) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0244

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

الزيتون, Al Zeitoun, Gaza Strip, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.485479, 34.444885 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 16th 2023 at least three people – 37 year old journalist Abdulhadi Habib, his mother-in-law, 54 year old Buthina Al Tatar, and her grandchild, three year old Amer Bilal Al-Tatar, were killed by an alleged Israeli airstrike on a residential apartment in the Zaytoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza. Multiple sources agree that family members of Abdulhadi Habib were also injured during the airstrike, with injuries ranging from moderate to severe. The exact details of those injured is unknown.

Palestinians of Iraq’s Facebook post reported that on October 16, 2023 the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Al-Shujaiya were subject to a sustained, eight hour aerial bombardment. Most sources agree that it was during this time that Abdulhadi Habib’s residential apartment was hit – allegedly by an Israeli airstrike.

Abdulhadi Habib was a journalist for the UNRWA Education Television. The Director General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has made a statement on the incident. She described the death of the UNRWA journalist as deplorable, and renewed calls for parties to respect the UN Security Council Resolution 2222/2015 which protects journalists during conflict. Audrey Azoulay called for a “full independent investigation” into the death of Abdulhadi Habib.

Muhammad Abu Sharka, a colleague of Abdulhadi, described their time working together: “We covered dozens of events together. We shared the difficult moments, the pressure of work, staying up for long hours, tears, and food. His smile was always present, and his comments alleviated the hardship of work.” Another of his former colleagues, journalist Israa Al-Mudalallal, added that Abdulhadi’s wife had just given birth to a baby girl on the first day of the conflict.

Friends and family members of the victims posted condolence messages, including Yahya Z. Tatars who memorialized their aunt “mother of Mustafa Sarsour”, her daughter (which may indicate that Abdulhadi’s wife was also killed), and their cousin Amer Bilal Al-Tatar.

Airwars has matched all of the 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. A post by Mohamed Yousif 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 (3)

Abdulhadi Habib عبدالهادي حبيب
37 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 801512716
Buthina Al Tatar (Sarsour) بثينة تتر
54 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 922861372
Amer Bilal Al Tatar عامر بلال تتر
3 years old male 444896674 killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women1 man1 journalist)
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

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    Source: Palestinians of Iraq website
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    Source: Palestinians of Iraq website
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    Source: Palestinians of Iraq website
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    Source: Khaled Habib
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    Source: @Ameeraljid1
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    Source: Muhammad Abu Sharka
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    Source: Salam al hak Tarik's mother

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Al Zeitoun (الزيتون) neighbourhood of Gaza city (غزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.485479, 34.444885. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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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
    3 – 4
  • (1 child1–2 women1 man1 journalist)
  • 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 (20) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0245

Incident date

October 16, 2023

Location

Residential apartment belonging to the Abu Shawish family in Hamad Town, Gaza strip, the Gaza Strip

Airwars assessment

At approximately midnight on October 16th, 2023, at least one civilian, a young man, was killed, and four others were injured in an alleged Israeli airstrike on a residential apartment in Hamad town, Khan Yunis, the Gaza strip.

Initial reportage from Shehab Agency stated a ‘number of casualties’ as a result of the bombing, with a later update from Shehab specifying that there were at least ‘one martyr and a number of injuries.’ The Palestine Information Center noted that the building bombed belonged to the Abu Shawish family, and that a ‘young man was martyred and several injuries have been recovered until this moment’ while Al-Sharq News reported that the strike resulted in the death of a Palestinian and the injury of four others.

One of the images showed a specific apartment in a particular block in Hamad town had been struck. A tweet from @aboodka_04 identified the names of those killed and injured. 18-year-old Ahmed Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish was killed and 14-year-old Muhammad Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, 24-year-old Rami Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, 17-year-old Bahaa Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, and 44-year-old Ibtisam Ibrahim Abu Shawish were injured. There was no publicly available information to indicate any of them were militants.

A post from Khaled Ali Goevel included a condolence message for Ahmed Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish, who was a former student, and included an image of them both from an honours ceremony. Ahmed’s father Anwar and brother Mahmoud both posted condolence messages as well, with Anwar describing his son as “you were always smiling in your life, never leave your smile.”

Hamad Housing specified the location of the strike as a high floor in tower E5 in Hamad residential city. According to Arab Events, the body of the young man who was killed arrived at Nasser Medical Complex.

Airwars has matched Ahmed’s name 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 strike to Israeli forces. According to Anwar Abu Shawish, whose son Ahmed was killed, 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 incident occured at approximately 12:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (5)

Muhammad Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish محمد انور احمد ابو شاويش
14 years old male injured
Rami Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish ورامى انور احمد ابو شاويش
24 years old male injured
Bahaa Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish بهاء انور احمد ابو شاويش
17 years old male injured
Ibtisam Ibrahim Abu Shawish ابتسام ابراهيم ابو شاويش
44 years old male injured
Ahmed Anwar Ahmed Abu Shawish احمد انور احمد ابو شاويش
18 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 422492850

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (19) [ collapse]

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    Source: @hassaneslayeh
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    Source: @az_za98
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    Source: Khaled Ali Goevel
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    Source: Hamad Housing
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    Source: Alwatanvoice
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    Source: Alaa Abu Shawish
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    Source: Alaa Abu Shawish
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    Source: Nadeem Mohammed
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    Source: Mohammed Abu Shawish
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    Source: Mohammed Abu Shawish
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    Source: @aljarmaqnet
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    Source: @aljarmaqnet
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    Source: @aljarmaqnet
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    Source: @aljarmaqnet
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    Source: Mahmoud Anwer
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    Source: Anwar Abu Shawish
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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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (36) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT0201

Incident date

October 15, 2023

Location

جمعية الشابات المسلمات, Young Muslim Women’s Association, Rafah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.280780, 34.257354 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On 15 October 2023, at least six civilians were reportedly killed and dozens of others, including a woman, were injured by an alleged Israeli airstrike at the headquarters of the Young Muslim Women’s Association located in the centre of Rafah. Sources reported that several missiles were fired.

Four members of the al-Tarturi family, a father and his three sons, were among those killed. Arafat Ismail al-Tarturi (55) and his three sons, Yasser Arafat al-Tarturi (25), Abdullah Arafat al-Tarturi (21) and Muhammad Arafat al-Tarturi (20), have been listed among the dead. Ahmed Saber Ashour, a young man of 18, was also killed in the strike, and his mother was reportedly injured, according to a Facebook post by user Khaleel Ibrahim. Reports on the incident also referred to the death of Abdel-Ati Saeed Abdel-Ati Obaid (40).

Social media posts from family and friends of the al-Tarturi family paid tribute to the family members killed. A colleague of Afarat named Mahmoud Salah Al-Gharban also posted a condolence message to “our humble, gallant father, Arafat Al-Tarturi” and Abdallah Yousef referred to Arafat as “Professor, teacher, friend, father and brother”. Facebook user Canada Camp posted images which show relatives devastated at the scene of the bodies.

A post by Facebook user Abood Abu Howidy commemorated Ahmed Ashour, referring to him as “engineer” and mentioned that his mother was in intensive care.

@ShehabAgency, which reported on the missile strike on the Young Muslim Women’s Association, indicated that these incidents led to “injuries” – without further details on the exact number of civilians wounded, while SHFA News identified four deaths and “dozens of injuries” recovered from the bombing. Abo Yazan Abd Alla provided the highest death toll of seven people killed. An image posted by Firas Abu Sharkh shows two young girls being treated for their injuries and a man being rescued on a stretcher.

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

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

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 (4)

Arafat Ismail al-Tarturi عرفات اسماعيل الترتوري
55 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 955622303
Yasser arafat Al-Tarturi ياسر عرفات الترتوري
25 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 404163065
Abdullah Arafat al-Tarturi عبدالله عرفات الترتوري
21 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 408008845
Muhammad Arafat al-Tarturi محمد عرفات الترتوري
20 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 409822145

Family members (2)

Ahmed Saber Ashour احمد صابر عاشور
18 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 421241399
Mother of Ahmed Saber Ashour
female injured

The victims were named as:

Abdel-Ati Saeed Abdel-Ati Obaid عبدالعاطي سعيد عبدالعاطي عبيد
40 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 926735010

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 7
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (41) [ collapse]

Media
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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: Bebo Bebo
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    Source: Yehya Ouf
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    Source: Mahmoud Salah Al-Gharban
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    Source: Abd Ali
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    Source: Feras Mohammad
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    Source: Feras Mohammad
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    Source: Feras Mohammad
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    Source: Feras Mohammad
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    Source: Feras Mohammad
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    Source: Douaa Khaled
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    Source: Douaa Khaled
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    Source: Douaa Khaled
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    Source: Shareef Ahmad Abu Alkhayr
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    Source: Noor Alaidy
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    Source: Noor Alaidy
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    Source: Mahmoud Al-Omri
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    Source: Mahmoud Al-Omri
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    Source: Firas Abu Sharkh
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    Source: Firas Abu Sharkh
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    Source: Firas Abu Sharkh
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    Source: Hatem Abu Taha
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    Source: Hatem Abu Taha
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    Source: Hatem Abu Taha
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    Source: Rawya Ismail
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    Source: Rawya Ismail
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    Source: @Zekaa15
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    Source: Abood Abu Howidy
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    Source: Lawi Mohammad
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    Source: Abdallah Yousef
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    Source: Canada Camp
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    Source: Canada Camp
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    Source: Canada Camp
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    Source: Canada Camp
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    Source: Canada Camp
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    Source: Canada Camp
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Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Young Muslim Women’s Association (جمعية الشابات المسلمات) in Rafah (رفح). Analysing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to the following exact coordinates: 31.280780, 34.257354.

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  • Imagery:
    @ShehabAgency

  • Imagery:
    Mahmoud Al-Omri

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 – 7
  • (6 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–24
  • 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 (41) [ collapse]