Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT104

Incident date

May 18, 2021

Location

خزاعه, خان يونس, غزة, Khuza'a, Khan Yunis, Gaza, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.30620200, 34.36150100 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One man, a civilian, was killed and as many as two other civilians were injured in an alleged Israeli strike on the town of Khuza’a, southern Gaza on May 18th 2021, according to local reports.

At 17:00 on May 24th, a medical source in Khan Younis announced the death of Osama Ashraf Abu Reda, according to Al Mezan. The 23-year-old resident of the town of Khuza, located east of Khan Younis, died from wounds he sustained at approximately 14:35 on Tuesday the 18th of May 2021, according to the source. Al Mezan reported that Abu Reda sustained serious injuries during an attack by an Israeli aircraft that targeted agricultural land near his home.

On May 24 th 2021, the Facebook site of The Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) Eastern Province, created a post acknowledging Abu Reda’s death and his membership of the organization’s youth wing.

Amad Media said that a child had been injured in the strike.

Local journalist, Leila. R. Farra, said: “A young Palestinian man was hit by a reconnaissance rocket on his camp next to the house of Osama Abu Rida (Awakel), who works in the municipality of Khaza’a.”

Khabar 24 reported that smoke and incendiary artillery shells fired at the town resulted in fires. The Palestine Civil Defense posted images it claimed showed crews tackling fires at a location they called Abu Rida Street.

Local journalist, Diaa Mahmoud, and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights both said a drone was used in the attack. The consensus among sources was the Israel was responsible for the strikes.

The incident occured at approximately 2:35 pm local time.

  • Osama Ashraf Abu Rida 23 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Israeli military

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • "Her son and one of the activists of the Fatah youth, the martyr hero, Osama Ashraf Abu Rida, bled. It reaffirms the continuation of the footsteps of the righteous martyrs, led by the founding leader, the martyr Al-Khalid Abu Ammar." Image courtesy of Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) Eastern Province Facebook page
  • "Civil defence crews are able to control a fire that started, today in Caravan in an agricultural land, the end of Abu Raida Street in the town of Khaza, east of Khan Younis." Image curtesy of the Palestine Civil Defense Facebook page (May 18th 2021)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Khuza’a (خزاعه), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.30620200, 34.36150100. 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, Airstrike and/or Artillery, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Israeli military

Sources (29) [ collapse]

Incident Code

PALIS017

Incident date

May 12, 2021

Location

نتيف عغسرا, Netiv HaAsara, Israel

Geolocation

31.570833, 34.539444 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One civilian was injured in declared mortar attacks from Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, in Gaza to Israel whilst coming to the aid of Israeli military personnel in Netiv HaAsara, southern Israel on May 12th, 2021, according to local reports.

Gil Timor, the Deputy Chairman of the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council, was injured in the shoulder by shrapnel whilst attempting to rescue dead and wounded soldiers from a jeep, said Matan Tzuri, a journalist with Ynet.

The Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigade issued a military statement, which declared its responsibility for the attack on a “Zionist “Defender” jeep near the usurped Netiv Hasara in the northern Gaza Strip.” It reported that the result was “the enemy admitted destroying the jeep, killing two soldiers and wounding others.”

As well as declaring “two dead after Al-Qassam destroyed a Zionist enclave with a Kornet missile,” Al-Qassam also released a statement which declared that they used “21 mortar shells of different calibers” for this attack.  Other sources also reported that two soliders were killed in this attack.

The Times of Israel reported the incident began when Hamas targeted an Israeli military jeep using an anti-tank guided missile killing one soldier and injuring two others. Following the attack mortars targeted the area. Several Arabic-language media sources noted that Mr Timor’s injuries were the result of a mortar.

Itamar Revivo, a colleague of Mr Timor told 13 News: “In the morning we received a warning about a possible event around Zikim, we toured the place and continued to another village, when suddenly we heard a loud explosion and received a report of a vehicle being hit. We started evacuating the wounded, and the place began to be significantly attacked.”

Following the incident a video was posted online bearing the logo of the al-Qassam Brigade which purported to show moment of the strike against the jeep.

The Barzilai Medical Center received four patients following the incident, including the soldiers, according to local journalist Emanuel Fabian.

The incident occured in the morning.

  • Gil Timor Adult male Deputy Chairman of the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Palestinian Militants
  • Known target
    Israeli military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (31) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • The Israeli soldier killed in the earlier strike on Netiv HaAsara on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by @AlmakdesyMedia)
  • The deputy head of the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council, "Gil Timor", was seriously injured during a mortar attack on Netiv Ha'asara (Image posted by SadaMisr via Facebook)
  • The deputy head of the Ashkelon Beach Regional Council, "Gil Timor", being treated for a shrapnel wound to the shoulder following strikes on Netiv Ha'asara on May 12, 2021. (Image posted by Matan Zori via Twitter)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Netiv HaAsara (נתיב העשרה), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.570833, 34.539444. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Palestinian Militants

10:42
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades
{Fight them; God will torment them at your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the hearts of believing people}

Military statement issued by
..::: Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades :::..

Al-Qassam Brigades destroyed a Zionist enclave in the northern Gaza Strip with a Kornet missileصار

With God’s help and guidance, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades declare its responsibility for the following jihadist mission:

Today: Wednesday Date: 30 Ramadan 1442 AH corresponding to 05/12/2021 AD Time: 10:29

Operation: Kornet guided missile attack

The target: a Zionist "Defender" jeep near the usurped Netiv Hasara in the northern Gaza Strip.

Result: the enemy admitted to destroying the jeep, killing two soldiers and wounding others.

This comes within the framework of the "Sword of Jerusalem" battle and in response to the crimes of the occupation against our people in Gaza, Jerusalem, the West Bank and the occupied interior.

It is a jihad, victory or martyrdom.
Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades - Palestine
Wednesday 30 Ramadan 1442 AH
Corresponding to 05/12/2021AD

10:58
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades

Two dead after Al-Qassam destroyed a Zionist enclave with a Kornet missile
https://alqassam.ps/arabic/news/details/16742


11:05
Al-Qassam Brigades bombed the vicinity of the enclave that they targeted with the Kornet in the northern Gaza Strip with 21 mortar shells of different calibers.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Palestinian Militants
  • Known target
    Israeli military
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (31) [ collapse]