Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC189a

Incident date

September 6, 2019

Location

سوق الخميس امسيحل, Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.526766, 13.223462 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were allegedly killed in a GNA or Turkish airstrike on Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel.

Libya’s Channel reported: “Al-Karama [LNA] Media Center said that a Turkish drone, led by Turks, bombed an ambulance at 3:00 am, which led to the death of medic Hatem Al-Mezdawi and other paramedics.”

In Udtun Udna and Address Libya published similar reports.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy posted a picture of one of the alleged victims and said the incident took place near Al Saraya school.

218TV said that the GNA confirmed conducting strikes in the area without admitting to civilian harm.

Hona Sog Al-Khmies said it was a drone which targeted a army vehicles.

The incident occured at approximately 3:00 am local time.

  • Hatem Al-Mezdawi Adult male Medic killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Picture of the alleged victim

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel (سوق الخميس امسيحل) for which the coordinates are 32.526766 13.223462. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC186

Incident date

August 27, 2019

Location

الاصابعة, Asabi'ah, Jabal al Gharbi, Libya

Geolocation

32.516483, 13.167439 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between four and six civilians allegedly died as a result of a Turkish or GNA airstrike on Gheryan.

Afrigate reported: “Turkish air strikes brought by the Wefaq government bombed Al Asabi’a  on Tuesday, the Karama [LNA] Operations Room said.

The chamber added that the bombing resulted in the martyrdom of four civil servants who were present in their work in the warehouses of the goods.”

Most other sources also referred to the LNA statement, saying that fou civilians died.

Libya Alahrar TV said the strike was carried out by a GNA plane and did not mention civilian harm.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy wrote that the strike resulted in six deaths but did not say if they were civilians. It added that artillery was used in addition to the airstrike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Asabi’ah (الاصابعة), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.516483, 13.167439. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC178

Incident date

August 5, 2019

Location

اربع شوارع الحافلة المحروقة, Vicinity of the Burnt Bus Junction, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

30.830404, 16.541043 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were allegedly killed in a Turkish airstrike near Sirte.

Lana News wrote: “Two people were killed and a child was wounded by a Turkish warplane that supported the Al-Wifaq militia, which targeted a Sirte truck and another civilian vehicle near the city of Sirte.

Medical sources at Ibn Sina hospital in Sirte said on Monday that a truck driver and his companion were killed while their trucks were being targeted.”

It added: “The victim was travelling from Sabha to Benghazi and was shot and then shelled at the intersection known as the “burned bus junction” on the road of Waddan – Abu Hadi.”

Afrigate reported: “Two people were killed and a child was wounded by a Turkish warplane that supported the Al-Wefaq militia [GNA], which targeted a truck from Sirte and another civilian vehicle near the city of Sirte.

Medical sources at Ibn Sina hospital in Sirte said on Monday that a truck driver and his companion were killed while their trucks were being targeted.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

  • Sami Suleiman Meftah Bouferneh Adult male Father killed
  • Mahab 11 years old male Son injured
  • Mohammed Salem Al Qarqai Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Picture of one of the alleged victims (via Akhbar Libya 24)
  • Picture of the injured child (via Akhbar Libya 24)
  • The alleged aftermath of the incident (via Akhbar Libya 24)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Burnt Bus Junction (اربع شوارع الحافلة المحروقة), for which the generic coordinates are: 30.796363, 16.538437. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC163

Incident date

July 14, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: شيل خنورة, Tripoli: Shell Khanoura petrol station, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.752500, 13.199444 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One civilian was allegedly killed in a Turkish airstrike on Tripoli.

Almanara wrote that LNA forces were being shelled with heavy artillery in the area.

TD.Tarhuna said two houses were destroyed by a Turkish aircraft but did not mention civilian harm.

Tarhuna 24 reported: “A military aircraft bombing the home of the Aoun family next to Shell Khanoura resulted in the injury of the citizen Abdel Wahab Salem and he was transferred to the hospital.”

The same outlet later said that Abdel Wahab Salem later died because of the injuries in the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Abdel Wahab Salem Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention that the incident took place near Shell Kanoura (شيل خنورة) petrol station in Khallet Al Furjan (خلة الفرجان), for which the coordinates are: 32.7525 13.199444

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (4) [ collapse]