Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT086

Incident date

May 16, 2021

Location

مصبح, Musbah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.303878, 34.277758 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Two men, likely to have been members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), were killed and a civilian was injured in an alleged Israeli drone strike on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, around 18:45 on the evening of May 16th 2021.

Multiple sources reported the death of Tariq Al-Qadi, aged 39 (some sources put his age at 36), and Sameh Al-Qadi, aged 23. Al Watan described the strike as being carried out by drones. Al Aqsa Voice and Al Watan also reported one further injury in the strike.

Saraya al-Quds, the paramilitary arm of PIJ, described both men as ‘shahid mujahids’ and posting photos of them in PIJ uniforms, indicating their likely status as combatants.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to an Israeli drone.

The incident occured at approximately 6:45 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (44) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (27) [ collapse]

  • Sameh Al-Qadi, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @abu_jamil_)
  • Tariq Al-Qadi, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @abu_jamil_)
  • Separator of the Mujahid Martyr / Tariq Mahmoud Al-Qadi
  • The Mujahid Martyr Separator / Sameh Jihad Al-Qadi
  • Sameh Al-Qadi and Tariq Al-Qadi, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Mohammad Suliman via Facebook)
  • Sameh Al-Qadi, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Basel via Facebook)
  • Sameh Al-Qadi, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Mohammad Abd via Facebook)
  • Sameh Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Sameh Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Sameh Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Sameh Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Sameh Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Tariq Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Tariq Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Tariq Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Tariq Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Tariq Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Tariq Al-Qadi, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • May God have mercy on them and put them in peace Martyr: Tariq Al-Qadi Martyr: Sameh Al-Qadi
  • Sameh Al-Qadi and Tariq Al-Qadi, killed in drone strikes on on agricultural land near to Mosbeh, north of Rafah, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Neothedm via Reddit)
  • AMBULANCE BY THE HOUSE OF AL-QADI, BODY OF DEAD PERSON CARRIED ON STRETCHER PEOPLE HUGGING MEMBER OF AL-QADI FAMILY DURING FUNERAL
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    Graphic content / Relatives mourn by the body of Tareq al-Qadi, killed a day earlier in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 17, 2021. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Relatives mourn by the body of Tareq al-Qadi, killed a day earlier in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 17, 2021. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Relatives mourn during the funeral of Tareq al-Qadi, killed a day earlier in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 17, 2021. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
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    EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / Relatives mourn by the body of Tareq al-Qadi, killed a day earlier in an Israeli air strike, during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 17, 2021. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Relatives mourn during the funeral of Tareq al-Qadi, killed a day earlier in an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 17, 2021. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP) (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)
  • Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Tariq Al-Qadi, 36, who was killed during Israeli airstrikes, during his funeral in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, May 17, 2021. (Photo by Khaled Omar/Xinhua)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Musbah (مصبح) area, north of Rafah (رفح). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. Possible generic coordinates for this area are: 31.303878, 34.277758.

Palestinian Militants Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • 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.
  • Suspected attacker
    Palestinian Militants
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    2

Sources (44) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT087

Incident date

May 16, 2021

Location

بشارع عوني ضهير, Awni Daheer Street, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.280990, 34.265038 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Two people were reported injured in a strike on the Al-Jinnah neighbourhood of Rafah in the Southern Gaza Strip, in the early hours of May 16th 2021.

Various news outlets – including Al Kolfiya, SND Palestine, @News__Online – reported two injured in the Israeli strike on Awni Duhair Street, one of which was serious. Some English-language reporting – including @DaysofPalestine – noted that the location of the strike was a house on George Street in Rafah’s Al-Jinnah neighbourhood, with one source indicating that the house belonged to the Abdel-Al family.

Ahmad Abdel-Al, to whom the house may have belonged, has been designated as a Hamas military operative by the IDF. The IDF admitted to striking his house in the Rafah area on this date: “the home of Ahmad’ Abd al-‘al in Rafah, a leader in smuggling and holding a Hamas military portfolio, [was] attacked.” There is no evidence that Ahmad Abdel-Al was himself a casualty.

A single source – Omar Ashkar, who purportedly lives in Rafah –  contested both the strike and the reports of civilian casualties, denying that there had been any targeting of Awni Duhair Street. In addition, those sources reporting the strike differed on the mode of delivery, with Al Kolfiya describing it as a reconnaissance missile, and Days of Palestine noting the use of drones, but both identifying Israel.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention Awni Daheer Street (بشارع عوني ضهير), in Rafah (رفح‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.280990, 34.265038. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention Awni Daheer Street (بشارع عوني ضهير), in Rafah (رفح‎).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

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IDF website system | 16.05.2021

19:25 - As of 19:00: As of 7:00 this morning, about 190 shipments from Gaza to Israel have been identified. About 20 launches fell in the Gaza Strip. Air defense fighters intercepted dozens of rockets according to the interception policy.

18:43 - Forces attacked a Hamas weapons depot in the center of the Gaza Strip, as part of an effort to thwart the terrorist organization's fire capabilities, while closing intelligence and fire brigades of the Gaza Division.

18:33 - Fighter jets attack the Ministry of Homeland Security's Hamas terrorist organization, which serves as a military infrastructure, in the northern Gaza Strip.

Attack on the Hamas terrorist organization's Ministry of Internal Security

18:20 - Aircraft attacked an underground launch site of the terrorist organization GAP, in the southern Gaza Strip. In addition, a post of the terrorist organization Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip was attacked.

17:41 - Sea Arm fighters have thwarted about 80 targets since the beginning of the operation - watch as soon as the missile launcher was aimed at the center of the country.

16:45 - Fighter jets attacked the operational apartment of a Hamas military intelligence operative with an anti-tank missile position in the northern Gaza Strip.

16:33 - Fighters and aircraft attacked three more Hamas rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip. In addition, they thwarted six activists who were involved in preparing the launch.

15:07 - Aircraft attacked a weapons depot located in the home of a Hamas operative in the center of the Gaza Strip. In addition, aircraft of the organization attacked the organization's naval weapons depot in the southern Gaza Strip.

Attack on warehouses for the production of ammunition in the homes of Hamas operatives

14:02 - Fighters and aircraft attacked three more Hamas launch positions in the Gaza Strip.

11:58 - Fighter jets attacked military assets at Hamas intelligence headquarters in the northern Gaza Strip. The building employs intelligence activists from the organization, who formulate a snapshot for it. This attack constitutes damage to key infrastructure in Hamas.

Attack on military assets at Hamas intelligence headquarters


In the photo: military assets at Hamas' intelligence headquarters

11:31 - A fighter jet attacked the home of the commander of the Kfar Jabalya battalion in Hamas, from which military combat infrastructure operated.

Attack on the house of the commander of the Jabalya battalion in Hamas

11:20 - IDF fighter jets and aircraft attacked 11 rocket launchers in Sajaiya and Khan Yunis and a squad of terrorist operatives in Khan Yunis while launching rockets at Israeli territory.
11:10 - Fighter jets and aircraft attack a weapons depot in the central camp in Gaza, located in the home of a Hamas operative.

08:46 - As of 07:00: As of 19:00 last night, about 120 launches were identified from the Gaza Strip to Israeli territory. About 11 launches fell in the Gaza Strip. Air defense fighters intercepted many dozens of rockets under the interception policy.

07:00 - In the last 24 hours, IDF fighter jets and aircraft attacked more than 90 targets of the Hamas and GAP terrorist organizations throughout the Gaza Strip.


Attack on the house of Yahya Sinwar


In the photo: the house of Yahya Sanwar, head of the Hamas Politburo in Gaza

Among the targets attacked were the homes of Hamas Politburo Chairman Yahya Sinwar and his brother Muhammad Sinwar, who is in charge of the organization's supply and manpower in Khan Yunis. The houses served as a significant terrorist infrastructure.


In the photo: the home of Yahya Sanwar, head of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip

In addition, the office of Samah Saragh, head of planning and development at the organization's political bureau, the home of Yusuf 'Abd al-Wahab, commander of the Hamas olive battalion in Gaza City, and the home of Ahmad' Abd al-'al in Rafah, a leader in smuggling and holding a Hamas military portfolio, were attacked.

The operation against Hamas' "metro" project continues, in phase two, about thirty targets were attacked by fighter jets and using about 100 precision weapons. Tonight, the attacks focused on the northeast and center of the Gaza Strip. Fear among activists and senior members of the terrorist organization. "Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested in the excavation of the tunnels, each meter of tunnel costs about $ 500," clarifies IDF spokesman Brigadier General Hedi Zilberman. ground. Nobody wants to take the metro anymore. "



Attack on the "Metro" Phase II


An important emphasis in the operation is the erosion of Hamas' rocket array, which is very important to the organization. In the last 36 hours, IDF forces have been able to attack about 40 multi-barreled launchers, including 4-9 barrels, and high barrage launch capabilities. The attacks were carried out successfully thanks to a new idea developed by officers during the fighting, And also in the launch squads.



Attack on rocket launchers in Gaza


In addition, dozens of weapons production and storage sites were attacked in Sabra Tel Aloha, Sheikh Umdan and Gaza City, some of which were stored in the homes of Hamas naval and airborne operatives, anti-tank squads and cyber-offensive units.


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Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–2
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT084

Incident date

May 16, 2021

Location

قرب دوار القرم, Vicinity of Al Qarm roundabout, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.518376, 34.488863 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One man was reported killed and up to four others were reported injured when an alleged Israeli airstrike struck a group of people near the Qurum roundabout, East of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip in the early hours of 16 May. Al Qassam identified the man killed as being a member of the Mujahid Qassami.

Various sources have confirmed the death of Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Abu Humaidan, aged 19 or 20, in an airstrike around 00:15. Tariq was an engineering student at Al-Isra’a university. The university also reported his death on its official Facebook page. However, Al Qassam Brigades also posted a memorial for him on their website, referring to him as a “Mujahid Qassami”.

Multiple sources, including Nabd News and Shams News reported three other injuries, with Al Mezan and Al Haq amongst those reporting two. Of those injured, one was serious, requiring the amputation of a leg, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights. The other injuries have been described in the sources as moderate.

Various sources indicated that this was a drone strike, allegedly attributed to Israeli forces. The Israeli Defense Forces released a statement that “11:31 – A fighter jet attacked the home of the commander of the Kfar Jabalya battalion in Hamas, from which military combat infrastructure operated.”

The incident occured at approximately 12:15 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Image of Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Abu Humaidan, aged 19 or 20, killed in airstrikes near the Qurum roundabout, East of Jabalia, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Image of Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Abu Humaidan, aged 19 or 20, killed in airstrikes near the Qurum roundabout, East of Jabalia, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Image of Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Abu Humaidan, aged 19 or 20, killed in airstrikes near the Qurum roundabout, East of Jabalia, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Image of Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Abu Humaidan, aged 19 or 20, killed in airstrikes near the Qurum roundabout, East of Jabalia, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Zakaria.abuhmedan via Facebook)
  • Image of Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Abu Humaidan, aged 19 or 20, killed in airstrikes near the Qurum roundabout, East of Jabalia, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Al Qassam PS)
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    Graphic image of Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Abu Humaidan, aged 19 or 20, killed in airstrikes near the Qurum roundabout, East of Jabalia, on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by , father of deceased, via Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Qarm (القرم) roundabout within Jabalia (جباليا). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Al Qarm roundabout are: 31.518376, 34.488863.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

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11:31 - A fighter jet attacked the home of the commander of the Kfar Jabalya battalion in Hamas, from which military combat infrastructure operated.


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Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–4
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    1

Sources (28) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT085

Incident date

May 16, 2021

Location

الزيتون, Al Zeitoun, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.537061, 34.526397 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Three men were killed and one to four others were injured in an Israeli airstrike in the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, around 19:15 on 16th May 2021.

Multiple sources report the deaths of Moaz Nabil al-Zaanin, aged 23, Mohamed Awni Al-Zaanin, aged 25 and Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, aged 31 in the strike. Bassam Al Mawy, writing on Facebook, described the three men as friends. Although Al Watan Voice describes them as “citizens”, Palestinian Islamic Jihad identified all three as members of the militant group.

Sources are not consistent as to the level of injuries in the strike, with @NnnoMmmo and Shihab Post citing one critical injury, and Aqsa TV Channel giving a figure of four injuries.

According to Al Khabar news, the Israeli airstrike hit the house of Moaz al-Zaanin, killing the three men instantly. Al Watan Voice has described the strike as taking place near a Qassam site, suggesting that the strike may have been directed towards military infrastructure.

Moaz Al-Zaanin was a professional football player, playing with Beit Hanoun Sports Club and Jabalia Services, and was a member of the Palestinian national football team. The Palestine Football Association quoted His Excellency Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Asian Football Confederation, who said: “Al-Zaanin had a great enthusiasm for the game, and the Asian football family shares with me the sadness of the loss of another young talent who passed away at an early age.”

Various Palestinian sources claim that all three men were members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). @AhmedAboShnb1 writing on Twitter noted that all three were members of an artillery unit of Saraya Al-Quds, PIJ’s paramilitary wing, while the Saraya Al-Quds website post pictures of all three men in PIJ uniform, describing each of them as ‘shahid mujahid’, a common formulation used to describe militia-members killed in combat.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attributed the strikes to Israel.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–4
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (61) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (35) [ collapse]

  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Mohamed Awni Al-Zaanin, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Mohamed Awni Al-Zaanin, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a player of the Palestinian Beit Lahia Club, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @alizeindin)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, and Muhammad Awni Al-Zaanin, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @AhmadShokry19)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @n8eZzJeF1RYrfzQ)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, and Muhammad Awni Al-Zaanin, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @azir__sh)
  • Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @shadi_a_sh)
  • Rescue workers remove the bodies of victims of airstrikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @NnnoMmmo)
  • Rescue workers remove the bodies of victims of airstrikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @NnnoMmmo)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a player of the Palestinian Beit Lahia Club, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Safa News)
  • Son of Moaz Nabil al-Zaanin, mourning the death of his father who was killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Momin via Facebook
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a player of the Palestinian Beit Lahia Club, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Raed Naem via Facebook)
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    Graphic image of Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a player of the Palestinian Beit Lahia Club, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by SouqGaza via Facebook)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a player of the Palestinian Beit Lahia Club, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @nagwa_202)
  • Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Yusuf Al-Kafarneh, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Awni Al-Za`anin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Awni Al-Za`anin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Awni Al-Za`anin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Awni Al-Za`anin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Awni Al-Za`anin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Muhammad Awni Al-Za`anin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Saraya Palestine)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a player of the Palestinian Beit Lahia Club, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @doamuslims)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Elders of Zion)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by Elders of Zion Blogspot)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a player of the Palestinian Beit Lahia Club, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @doamuslims)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @Suatklctsn)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @Suatklctsn)
  • Moaz Nabil Al-Zaanin, a member of the military wing of Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, killed in strikes on the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in Beit Hanoun on May 16, 2021. (Image posted by @Suatklctsn)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Al Zeitoun (الزيتون) neighbourhood of Beit Hanoun (بيت حانون‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.537061, 34.526397. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Al Zeitoun (الزيتون) neighbourhood of Beit Hanoun (بيت حانون‎).

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    Google Earth

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–4
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (61) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT068

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

مخيم الشاطئ, ِAl Shati camp, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.528524, 34.446008 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Eight children and two women were killed in the early hours of Saturday 15 May when Israeli airstrikes struck a three-storey house in the Al Shati ‘Beach’ refugee camp, to the west of Gaza City in the Gaza Strip. Various sources have reported that two mothers, who were sisters-in-law, died in the strike, with each losing four children, who were all first cousins aged between five and 14.

Multiple sources report several missiles striking the house, which belonged to Alaa Abu Hattab around 1.30 a.m, killing 10 people: (1) Yamen Abu Hatab, M, aged 5 / 6 (2) Bilal Abu Hatab, M, aged 9/10 (3) Youssef Abu Hatab, M, aged 10/11 (4) Mariyam Abu Hatab, F, aged 7 / 8 (5) Yasmine Hassan Hatab, F, aged 30/31 (6) Maha Abu Hatab (Al Hadidi), 34/36 (7) Abdul Rahman Al Hadidi, M, aged 7/8 (8) Suhaib Al Hadidi, M, aged 12/14 (9) Yahya Al Hadidi, M, aged 11 (10) Osama Al Hadidi, M, aged 5/6.

Yasmine Hatab and Maha Al Hadidi were sisters-in-law and their children were first cousins; the Al Hadidi children were visiting their cousins to celebrate the Eid festival. According to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), five of the children attended UNRWA schools in the Gaza Strip.

Omar Al Hadidi, aged 5 months, survived the strike which killed his mother and four siblings, and was found amidst the rubble in his dead mother’s arms. Al Jazeera reported that 15 others, including the child, were injured in the strikes. Images provided by Anadolu Agency show at least two injured children.

Alaa Abu Hattab, the owner of the house, gave HRW this eyewitness account of the strike: “I left my house on foot at about 1:30 a.m. to go to some of the local shops that were open late during the run-up to Eid [holiday concluding the holy month of Ramadan] to buy toys and snacks for the kids for the Eid festival and to buy some food, as we were hungry. Before I left the house there was no warning that anything would happen to our house. We didn’t receive a phone call and there was no drone strike that they sometimes do to warn people that they will target a building. At least that would have scared the kids and they would have fled the house in time.”

Abu Hattab said that about 15 minutes after he had left, he heard “a very loud explosion that shook the whole area. I ran back towards the smoke and saw it was my house. It was all rubble. I felt like everything was revolving around me. I was in shock and I fainted. When I regained consciousness, I saw rescue workers looking for bodies under the rubble and recovering body parts. The attack had shredded the bodies. Other parts remained under the rubble because they could not find them. There were no militants in or near my house and no rockets or rocket launchers there. I still don’t know why they bombed my house and killed my wife and children and my sister and her children. What sin did they commit?”

The IDF have admitted to carrying out the strike, commenting that it had “attacked a number of Hamas terror organization senior officials, in an apartment used as terror infrastructure in the area of the Al Shati refugee camp.” (The New York Times reports).

Avichay Adraee, the spokesman for the Israeli army, said in a tweet that the “defense army targeted a number of Hamas officials inside an apartment used as a terrorist building in the al-Shati refugee camp,” adding that the incident was still “under examination”.

An IDF spokesman also said in a statement reported by Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom: “During the night, the IDF attacked a number of senior members of the terrorist organization Hamas in an apartment that serves as a terrorist infrastructure in the area of ​​the Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip…The IDF takes precautions to minimize possible harm to civilians during its military activity.”

However, multiple eyewitness sources confirmed that no advance warning had been given that the strike was about to take place.

The incident occured at approximately 1:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (11)

  • Omar Al Hadidi .4 years old male injured
  • Yamen Abu Hatab 5 years old male killed
  • Bilal Abu Hatab 9 years old male killed
  • Youssef Abu Hatab 10 years old male killed
  • Mariyam Abu Hatab 7 years old female killed
  • Yasmine Hassan Hatab 30 years old female Mother of Yamen, Bilal, Youssef, and Mariyam killed
  • Maha Abu Hatab (Al Hadidi) 34 years old female Mother of Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama killed
  • Abdul Rahman Al Hadidi 7 years old male killed
  • Suhaib Al Hadidi 12 years old male killed
  • Yahya Al Hadidi 11 years old male killed
  • Osama Al Hadidi 5 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (8 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • 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
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (98) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (81) [ collapse]

  • Home in Al Shati camp destroyed by Israeli strikes on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Alaraby News)
  • Loved ones mourn children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Without any warning or precedent, the Israeli occupation bombed a house in Al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City, at dawn on Saturday, carrying out a horrific massacre that is added to its record of massacres, which resulted in 10 martyrs, including 8 children and two women.
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Alnaba News)
  • At dawn today, Saturday, Israeli warplanes launched a series of violent raids on the Gaza Strip, which left 13 Palestinians dead, including 8 children and two women. Most of them fell in the Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City. Fifteen others were wounded, and rescue operations are still continuing.
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @EyadKandeel1)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @EyadKandeel1)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @EyadKandeel1)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNews)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNews)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNews)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and now in a leg cast following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @seedra29p)
  • Siblings of baby Omar Al Hadidi that were killed in strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @seedra29p)
  • Burial of the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Burial of the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Burial of the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @qudsn)
  • Father of baby Omar reunited with his child after his whole family is killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Al Jazeera)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Trt arabi)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNewsN)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @RassdNewsN)
  • Rescue crews search through the rubble for survivors following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @omali3131)
  • Father of baby Omar reunited with his child after his whole family is killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Aboudwahidi)
  • Father of baby Omar reunited with his child after his whole family is killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Aboudwahidi)
  • Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Omar_Madaniah)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @alqudsnewspaper)
  • Youssef Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @Farid_Ahm7d)
  • Rubble in Al Shati camp following Israeli strikes on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @elhasani_yousef)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Sharef Suliman Al Farhta via Facebook)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Sharef Suliman Al Farhta via Facebook)
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    Very graphic images of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Sharef Suliman Al Farhta via Facebook)
  • Home of Hatab family, destroyed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Ahamd Al Ashi via Facebook)
  • Maryam, Yamen, Youssef, Bilal Al Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Halil via Facebook)
  • Rescue crews search through the rubble for survivors following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @PalinfoAr)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Paltimes2015 via Facebook)
  • Image of baby Omar Al Hadidi, pulled from the rubble in critical condition and bring treated in a hospital following strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Paltimes2015 via Facebook)
  • The moment Muhammad al-Hadidi got acquainted with his wife and martyr children at Al-Shifa Hospital upon their arrival after the occupation bombed their home in Al-Shati Camp at dawn today
  • Image of the children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Shehab via Facebook)
  • Mariyam Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Hilal via Facebook)
  • Bilal Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Hilal via Facebook)
  • Yamen Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mohannad Hilal via Facebook)
  • Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Al Shati camp via Facebook)
  • Abdul, Suhaib, Yahya, and Osama Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Mr Abood via Facebook)
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  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @activestills)
  • Rubble from Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @activestills)
  • Funeral for the 10 women and children killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @activestills)
  • Kids injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
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    Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
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    Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Gazans injured in Israeli attack carried out to home of Palestinian Abu Khatab Familiy living in Al-Shati Camp in Gaza Strip, receive treatment at Shifa Hospital on May 15, 2021 (Image posted by Anadolu Agency)
  • Palestinians gather as rescuers search for victims at the site of a house destroyed by Israeli airstrikes at the Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, May 15, 2021.Photo:Xinhua
  • Yahya Mohammad Sobhi al-Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by DCI Palestine)
  • Suheib al-Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Osama al-Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Abdul Rahman Al Hadidi, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Bilal Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Mariyam Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Youssef Abu Hatab, killed in Israeli strikes on Al Shati camp on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by New York Times)
  • Alaa Abu Hatab and his 4-year-old daughter Maria were the only members of a family of 7 to survive after their house was destroyed by Israeli attacks [Getty]

Geolocation notes (4) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the Al Shati camp (مخيم الشاطئ). Analyzing visual material from sources, we have narrowed down the location to these exact coordinates: 31.528524, 34.446008.

  • Reports of the incident mention a residential building being struck in the Al Shati camp (مخيم الشاطئ).

    Imagery:
    Planet

  • Distribution of tags in available satellite imagery.

    Imagery:
    Planet

  • Tagged visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @activestills

  • Tagged visual evidence in panoramic stitch of material from sources.

    Imagery:
    Al Araby

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

"During the night, the IDF attacked a number of senior members of the terrorist organization Hamas in an apartment that serves as a terrorist infrastructure in the area of ​​the Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip...The IDF takes precautions to minimize possible harm to civilians during its military activity."

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    10
  • (8 children2 women)
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • 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
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (98) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT069

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

قيزان أبو رشوان, Qizan Abu Rashwan, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.329006, 34.283700 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between one and seven civilians were injured in alleged Israeli airstrikes on the Qizan Rashwan area on May 15th, 2021.

Multiple sources report a strike on a naval facility in the vicinity of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday 15 May 2021, amongst a series of strikes on the area.

Multiple sources suggest that the facility was in the Qizan Rashwan area between Khan Yunis and Rafah, while one source described it as a ‘marine rest house’.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) and others described the strike as a drone strike, carried out around 14:00 that day.

PCHR have also reported that one person was seriously injured as a result of the strike, “an Israeli drone fired a missile at al-Qararah Municipality in northern Khan Younis. As a result, a person sustained serious wounds and was taken to Naser Hospital.” Al Mezan was alone in reporting seven injuries, although it is unclear if this figure has been collated from all strikes in southern Gaza that day, of which there were multiple. Elbalad also reported injuries but did not provide a number.

All of the sources that reported on the incident attribute the strikes to Israel.

In an official press statement, the IDF on the 15th May stated: ” IDF fighter jets struck the house of Tisar Mevasher, commander of the Hamas ‘Karrara’ Battalion in Khan Yunis, and the house of Azi Tama’a, commander of the Hamas ‘Central Camps’ Brigade in Deir al-Balah. Both houses served as military infrastructure for the Hamas terror organization.” It is unclear at this time if this strike is referencing this event.

The incident occured at 14:00:00 local time.


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Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Image of a strike on Khan Younis on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by @SyedWaqax5)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Qizan Abu Rashwan (قيزان أبو رشوان) area, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.329006, 34.283700. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Qizan Abu Rashwan (قيزان أبو رشوان) area.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth


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Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
  • position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

[18:52, 5/15/2021] IDF News Desk: IDF:

IDF strikes the houses of the commanders of the Hamas 'Central Camps' Brigade and the Hamas 'Karrara' Battalion, both of which served as Hamas military infrastructure

Earlier today, IDF fighter jets struck the house of Tisar Mevasher, commander of the Hamas 'Karrara' Battalion in Khan Yunis, and the house of Azi Tama'a, commander of the Hamas 'Central Camps' Brigade in Deir al-Balah. Both houses served as military infrastructure for the Hamas terror organization.

Damage to these infrastructures dealt a blow to the military capabilities of the Hamas terror organization.


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Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
  • Suspected target
    Palestinian Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT070

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

المغازي, Al Maghazi, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.423444, 34.387658 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One man was killed in an alleged Israeli drone strike while riding a motorcycle in the central part of the Gaza Strip on Saturday, 15 May 2021.

Multiple sources have confirmed the death of Zaher Attia Muhammad Anbar, aged 37- 39, with the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al Mezan and the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (MAITIC) reporting the event as a drone strike. Sources differ on the precise location of the strike, but suggest that it took place to the east of the al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps, which neighbour one another, between 13:00 and 14:30.

A tweet from @AmjadAm71123770 reported that Anbar was the owner of a farm. PCHR added that after he was killed, he was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah.

Anbar was from the Nuseirat refugee camp and was affiliated with Fatah, who published a mourning notice for the man. One other source also described Anbar as a member of the ‘Al Aqsa brigade’.

The IDF News Desk made the following statement at 20:27 the same day: “IDF locates and eliminates two Surface-to-Surface missile operatives belonging to the Islamic Jihad. A short while ago, IDF aircraft eliminated two Islamic Jihad Surface-to-Surface missile operatives located in Khan Yunis, and in the Meghazi refugee camp.” It is possible that this statement relates to the same strike event; in which case, the IDF’s opinion is that the man killed was affiliated with Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The IDF also posted a video of the strikes, although it is inconclusive.

All of the sources that identified a responsible party attributed the strikes to Israel.

The incident occured between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • 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
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (32) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Image of Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Damage to Zaher Atya Anbar's motorcycle following strikes while he was riding in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Image of Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by @AmjadAm71123770)
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    Graphic mage of Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nidal.anber via Facebook)
  • Central Region (Fatah Movement) posted a memorial for Zaher Atya Anbar, whom they identified as a heroic martyr.
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Abo Mohammad via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Abo Mohammad via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Abo Mohammad via Facebook)
  • The funeral of the martyr Zaher Anbar Abu Attia
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)
  • Funeral for Zaher Atya Anbar, 37, killed by an Israeli airstrike that targeted his motorcycle, in Al Bureij refugee camp. (Image posted by Nawajha.tamer via Facebook)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the vicinity of Al Maghazi (المغازي) camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.423444, 34.387658. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Israeli Military Assessment:

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

Original strike reports

Israeli Military

IDF locates and eliminates two Surface-to-Surface missile operatives belonging to the Islamic Jihad. A short while ago, IDF aircraft eliminated two Islamic Jihad Surface-to-Surface missile operatives located in Khan Yunis, and in the Meghazi refugee camp

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 1
  • (0–1 men)
  • 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
    Israeli Military
  • Known target
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–2

Sources (32) [ collapse]

Incident Code

ISPT072

Incident date

May 15, 2021

Location

شارع سوق الجمعة, Souq Al Jouma Street, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.496293, 34.469411 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to three people, potentially including one child, were killed and 13 others were injured in a pair of alleged Israeli airstrikes on the Friday Market (Souq al Juma’a) in Al Shujaiya, Gaza Strip on Saturday 15 May 2021.

Multiple sources report that the first strike hit a group of citizens around 1.30 p.m., killing Saif Al-Din Abu Al-Atta, aged 18, and wounding nine others; the second strike killed Muhammad Ahmed Attia Bahar, age reported between 17 and 22 by multiple sources, and wounded a further four civilians. On 3 June, one of those injured, Yahya Bassem Al-Ajla, aged 24, died as a result of his injuries.

B’Tselem provided testimony from Mahmoud al-‘Ar’ir, 24, Yihya’s cousin: On Saturday, 15 May 2021, at around 1:30 P.M., I was home. I went to my paternal aunt’s house, which is on a side street off the main street where Yihya lived. On the way, I met my paternal cousin Muhammad, 21, and stopped to chat with him. A few minutes later, I heard a very loud explosion. I ran to the site of the bombing on the main street and saw the missile had landed at the entrance to Yihya’s house. A small TV repair business next door had also been hit. On the road next to me was the body of the martyr Seif Hani Abu al-‘Ata. Not far from him lay Muhammad Bhar, who was still breathing. I rushed to Yihya’s house and saw some young guys carrying the brothers Majd and Muhammad al-‘Ajleh, Yihya and Seif Fadel Abu al-‘Ata. We gave them first aid on Yihya’s uncle’s bus. Two other wounded people were treated inside an Electric Company vehicle. Then we took all the martyrs and wounded people to a-Shifaa Hospital. I was shocked by the sight of the martyrs and the wounded people. They were all very badly injured. Yihya’s injury was particularly severe, he had shrapnel in his neck and back. Majd was also very badly injured in the head and stomach and is being treated at a hospital in Hebron. His brother Muhammad was injured in the legs and is still being treated at a-Shifaa Hospital. Muhammad a-Zaqut has medium-level injuries in the shoulder and leg. I wanted to visit Yihya in hospital, but he was unconscious and they wouldn’t let me see him. The hospital wanted to transfer him to al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem, but the Israelis didn’t approve it. I saw Seif Abu al-‘Ata and Muhammad a-Zaqut, who were doing well. I went to Yihya’s mother’s house, who’s my paternal aunt, to support her and see how she was doing. Yihya was my friend and we had a very strong bond. I hoped Yihya would recover and come home to his family, but it wasn’t meant to be. After 18 days in the ICU, on 3 June 2021 at 3:00 A.M., we were informed that he had passed away. I couldn’t believe it. I went immediately to my aunt’s house. All my relatives, neighbors and friends were there. My aunt, her husband and her sons were screaming and crying. I was heartbroken over my beloved friend Yihya. At 11:00 A.M., an ambulance brought his body home so we could say goodbye to him there. When I saw him, I fell to the floor and cried. I couldn’t touch him because I was in such shock. We took him to the mosque and there, I hugged and kissed him. All around, the mourners were wailing and everyone was crying over Yihya. Yihya was always smiling. When I looked at him after he died, it seemed like he was smiling. We’d been friends since we were little kids. We met every day and hung out together, at my place or at his. We would go out at night, and in the morning walk to the beach for sport. Now that he’s dead, I feel lonely. I’ve lost a very precious person. Life after his passing is a life without laughter or smiles. I still can’t believe I’ll never see him again.”

B’Tselem also provided testimony from Lubna Bhar, 50, a mother of six including Muhammad: “On Saturday, 15 May 2021, I was making lunch at my son ‘Atiyyah’s house. Muhammad was standing next to me and he said, “I love you, Mom.” He kissed me, headed downstairs and went out to buy some things at a shop nearby. It was 1:30 P.M. The moment he left, I heard a loud explosion. I screamed and called out, “Muhammad!” I looked out the window and saw dust and smoke on the street. I hurried downstairs and found Muhammad lying in the doorway, bleeding. I screamed for help, and Majdi came and picked him up. Muhammad was crying and saying, “I want Mom and Dad.” Majdi told him to recite the Shahadatain. Muhammad was taken to hospital in a private car, along with other martyrs and wounded people. It was a massacre at my son’s doorstep. The stairs were full of blood. I will never forget the sight. Majdi went with Muhammad to a-Shifaa Hospital, and I stayed home. My husband drove after them and every time I called him or my sons, they told me Muhammad was fine. But I sensed that he wasn’t okay, that I’d lost him. Two hours after he was injured, I went to the hospital, too. I sat by the entrance to the operating room, reading the Quran and praying for him. The doctors told me to pray because his condition was unstable. I still had hope. At 11:00 P.M., I suddenly heard Majdi shouting. I ran over to him and heard everyone saying Muhammad was dead. I saw Majdi lying over Muhammad’s body, crying and screaming, “Why did you let Muhammad go?!” I told the doctors to check on Muhammad, that maybe he was still alive. I felt I was losing my mind. I over up to Muhammad and screamed. I couldn’t believe what had happened. Only then, I saw my husband lying on the floor unconscious. The doctors were treating him. I fainted, too, and when I woke up I was told they’d already transferred Muhammad to the morgue. I went there and sat in front of the fridge for two hours, by Muhammad’s side. Then I hugged his body. I couldn’t say goodbye to him. I stayed there all night. At 6:00 A.M., I went back to Atiyyah’s house. They brought Muhammad’s body there so we could say goodbye to him. They laid him before me and I scattered flowers over him, hugged him and kissed his head and face. Then they took him away. I couldn’t say goodbye and ran after him along the road, holding onto him. Those were extremely difficult moments. My heart broke. I wish I had died instead of him. Since he died, life has turned black. He was my youngest son and the dearest to my heart.

The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (MAITIC), an Israeli research organisation with links to the military and intelligence services, reported that Saif Al-Din Abu Al-Atta and Muhammad Ahmed Attia Bahar had been killed in an Israeli airstrike, although this does not constitute official acknowledgement of the strike by the IDF. B’Tselem added that “Seif a-Din Abu al-‘Ata was an operative with the Islamic Jihad military wing, but it is unknown whether he was the reason the military bombed the house.” However, none of the other sources mention that Seif was a member of a militant organization.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

  • Yahya Bassem al-Ajla 24 years old male killed
  • Majd al-‘Ajleh male injured
  • Muhammad al-‘Ajleh male injured
  • Saif Al-Din Abu Al-Atta 18 years old male killed
  • Muhammad Ahmed Attia Bahar 17-22 years old male killed
  • Muhammad a-Zaqut Age unknown injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • 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
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (42) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Saif Hani Abu Atta, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @fidaazaanin)
  • Nearby civilian following strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @AlmakdesyMedia)
  • Mourning civilians killed in souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by GazaNews via Facebook)
  • The martyrdom of my cousin Mohamed Ahmed Bahar
  • Muhammad Ahmed Attia Bahar, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Abu Rajab, his cousin)
  • Muhammad Ahmed Attia Bahar, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Anasm271 via Facebook)
  • Muhammad Ahmed Attia Bahar, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by ATia Abu Mohammad via Facebook)
  • Yahya Bassem al-Ajla, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @rdooan)
  • Funeral of Yahya Bassem al-Ajla, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by @rdooan)
  • Yahya Bassem al-Ajla, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Alajla.family via Facebook)
  • Yahya Bassem al-Ajla, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by Alajla.family via Facebook)
  • Yahya Bassem al-Ajla, killed in strikes on souq Al Joum’a street in Al Shujaiya neighborhood on May 15th, 2021. (Image posted by the New York Times)
  • Yihya al-‘Ajleh, killed in strikes on a-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by B'Tselem)
  • Lubna Bahar holding up her son's photos. Her son Muhammad Bhar was killed. Photo by Olfat al-Kurd, B'Tselem
  • Muhammad Bhar, killed in strikes on a-Shuja'iyeh neighborhood on May 15, 2021. (Image posted by B'Tselem)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention Al Montar street (شارع المنطار) known locally as the Souq Al Jouma street (شارع سوق الجمعة), located in Al Shujaiya (الشجاعية) neighborhood, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.496293, 34.469411. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention Al Montar street (شارع المنطار) known locally as the Souq Al Jouma street (شارع سوق الجمعة), located in Al Shujaiya (الشجاعية) neighborhood.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

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
    2 – 3
  • (1 child1–2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    13
  • 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
    Palestinian Forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–1

Sources (42) [ collapse]