Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC250

Incident date

December 1, 2019

Location

السواني, Al-Swani, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.712224, 13.07224 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between two and five civilians were reportedly killed in an LNA or Emirati airstrike on Al-Swani.

Libya Observer put the death toll at two: “Foreign aircraft backing up Khalifa Haftar’s forces have carried out airstrikes on civilian houses in Al-Sawani, killing two people and injuring ten others, Volcano of Rage Operation’s media office said on Sunday.

The media office said among the civilian casualties, there are women and children and posted a video showing the destructive aftermath of the airstrike.”

The Field Medicine and Support Center (FMSC) wrote: “After a report of warplanes shelling in Al-Swani area that caused the death of three children and seriously injured a fourth child, ambulances of the Sawani Field Hospital of the Field Medicine and Support Center rushed on Sunday, 1-12-2019, to the area near the Sawani Bridge for the ambulance of the child Mohammed Jamal Yousef Helmi, 9 years old, who died instantly and recovered the body of the child Mahaba Ayad Adam, 4 years old. The body of a child who was not able to identify him was recovered.”

Libya Alahrar TV later put the death toll at five and said 13 more were wounded.

Al Wasat quoted a GNA spokesperson saying that an Emirati pilot flew the plane which conducted the strike.

According to 218TV, an LNA spokesperson later said that they did not target civilians in the area.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohammed Jamal Yousef Helmi 9 years old male killed
  • Mahaba Ayad Adam 4 years old female killed
  • Ali Al-Zintani 10 years old male killed
  • Yousef Jamal Yousef Helmi 10 years old male injured

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 5
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–13
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Video of the aftermath
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Pictures of the victims
  • Picture of the strike

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
  • United Arab Emirates Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 5
  • (3 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    10–13
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC249

Incident date

November 28, 2019

Location

أم الأرانب: الشركة الصينية, Umm Al Aranib: Chinese company, Murzuq, Libya

Geolocation

26.146291, 14.736303 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Up to eleven civilians were allegedly killed by an LNA or Emirati airstrike on Umm Al Aranib.

The Libya Observer said: “The Congress of Libya’s Tebu tribespeople has condemned in a statement the airstrikes of Khalifa Haftar’s forces on Um Al-Aranib on Thursday, killing a whole family – mother and her six children.”

Ummm Al Aranib Channel also wrote a mother and her six children were killed.

Wolfram Lacher said: “Drone strikes (presumably UAE) on Umm al-Araneb, following earlier drone strikes this morning in Tassawa on the force that took over El Feel yesterday.

One of the Umm al-Araneb strikes killed 6-7 members of a single family, most of them children.”

Libya Alahrar TV reported nine children and two women killed.

According to Afrigate News, strikes took place near the Chinese buildings. It did not mention civilian harm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 11
  • (6–9 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
  • United Arab Emirates Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 11
  • (6–9 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC248

Incident date

November 20, 2019

Location

عين زارة: منتزه هابي لاند بارك, Ain Zara: HappyLand Park, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.807786, 13.255201 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Several civilians were allegedly injured by LNA artillery shelling on Ain Zara.

Libya Alahrar TV posted pictures of the aftermath, saying: “Photos showing some of the effects of the destruction of houses and their properties in the area of Ain Zara behind the areas of clashes due to the indiscriminate shelling of Hafter gunmen, which caused a number of injuries.”

The Field Medicine and Support Center (FSMC) also said that injuries occurred but did not provide an exact number.

Al Wasat said the incident took place near HappyLand Park.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Pictures of the aftermath
  • More pictures of the incident

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC247

Incident date

November 18, 2019

Location

مصراتة: الرويسات, Misurata: Al Ruwaisat, Misurata, Libya

Geolocation

32.366517, 15.110012 Note: The accuracy of this location is to level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Up to 13 civilians were reportedly injured in an LNA or foreign airstrike on Misurata.

According to Al Wasat twelve people were injured.

The Libya Observer reported: “13 people wounded in intense airstrikes believed to be conducted by foreign warplanes allied to warlord Haftar on locations inside residential areas in Misrata Monday night.”

Al Wasat said in addition: “The Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord on Tuesday condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist aerial bombardment that targeted locations in the capital Tripoli and Misurata city, pointing out that the airstrikes were carried out by ‘foreign aviation’.”

Akhbar Libya 24 wrote: “Misurata Medical Center reported on Tuesday that it received 13 wounded civilians, including a woman as a result of the bombing of ammunition stores and armored vehicles in a raid carried out by the Air Force.

The air force launched night raids targeting 19 new armored vehicles that arrived in Misrata on Monday from Turkey, after being stored in an industrial area in the city center for use in the ground of military operations.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–13
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), Unknown

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Pictures from the incident
  • Picture of the the alleged strike
  • Video of the incident

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    12–13
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), Unknown

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC246

Incident date

November 18, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: مشروع الهضبة, Tripoli: Hadaba project, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.838333, 13.175278 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One child was allegedly killed by indiscriminate shelling on the Hadaba project in Tripoli.

Tk Yahrough Kl shy said: “The death of Khaled Mohammed Muftah Al-Mashay as a result of an indiscriminate shell landing last night on his house in line 6 in Hadaba project area.”

Hona Souq Al-Khmies published a similar report.

Local reports of fighting point at the GNA or LNA as the culprit.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Khaled Mohammed Muftah Al-Mashay Child male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Picture of the victim

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

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC245

Incident date

November 18, 2019

Location

تاجوراء‎: مصنع السنبلة للبسكويت, Tajoura: Sunbulah biscuit factory, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.739722, 13.373611 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Between seven and ten civilians were reportedly killed in an LNA or Emirati airstrike on a biscuit factory in Wadi al Rabie.

Reuters said: “At least seven workers were killed and another 35 wounded in an air strike that hit a biscuit factory on Monday in a southern suburb of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, emergency services said.

Those killed in the district of Wadi Rabea, about 21 km (13 miles) from the city center, included two Libyans and five foreigners from Bangladesh and sub-Saharan African countries, said Usama Ali, a spokesman for the ambulance and emergency authority in Tripoli.”

The Field Medicine and Support Center (FMSC), like most other sources, put the death toll at seven: “On Monday, 18/11/2019, Al-Sunbulah factory for biscuit industry in Wadi al Rabie area was bombarded by air strikes, killing 7 people, 2 Libyans and 5 foreign workers.”

The Libya Observer put the death toll at seven with 15 people injured.

According to Akhbar Libya 24, ten people were killed and 35 wounded.

Most sources either accused the LNA or the UAE, with Reuters saying: “Officials in eastern Libya contacted by Reuters on Monday said they had no information about an air strike by their forces.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 10
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–35
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Media
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    Pictures of the victims
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    More pictures from the incident
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    Picture of a victim (via Libya Observer)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    More pictures of the incident

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
  • United Arab Emirates Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    7 – 10
  • Civilians reported injured
    15–35
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (23) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC243

Incident date

November 14, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: الزهور, Tripoli: Al Zohour, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.853889, 13.176667 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One civilian was allegedly killed by LNA artillery shelling on the Al Zohour neighbourhood of Tripoli.

The Libya Observer reported: “Meanwhile, one person was killed in Al-Zohoor neighborhood in Tripoli after 10 Grad rockets fired by Haftar’s forces fell on the residential area Thursday.

Al-Zohoor neighborhood in Salah Al-Deen in southern Tripoli has been seeing large displacement by residents since last Tuesday due to repeated indiscriminate shelling by Haftar’s forces, leading to casualties and destruction of properties.”

The Field Medicine and Support Center said: “The Salem Al-Nafees (formerly Salaheddin) field hospital said that Mr. Wajdi Mustafa Shweibi, who is 45 years old in the district of Zohour on Thursday, 14 November 2019, which was exposed to shrapnel of shells fell on his residence, which led to him being seriously injured in the stomach, was taken to Dar al-Rahma hospital in Tripoli.”

According to Libya Alahrar TV, Tk Yahroug Kl shy and the GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation he later died of his wounds.

Tk Yahroug Kl shy said another civilian was injured in the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Wajdi Mustafa Shweibi 45 years old male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Picture of the impact of shelling in Salaheddin
  • Pictures of the aftermath
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Picture of the alleged victim (via FMSC)

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC243

Incident date

November 13, 2019

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir: Souq Al Sabet, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.598854, 13.174578 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly killed by a GNA artillery strike on Qasr Bin Gashir.

Afrigate reported: “The Municipal Council of Qasr Bin Gashir announced that the house of the family of Abdul Razzaq Abu Sedira was targeted by Grad rockets fired by forces belonging to the Western Military Area Command of the GNA.”

Hona Souq Al-Khmies said: “The fall of an indiscriminate shell in the area of Al Sabet market in Qaser Bin Gashir on the family of Abu Sedira, which led to the death of their son Ahmed.”

Tarhuna 24 published a similar statement.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ahmed Abdel Razzaq Nouri Abu Sedira Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Picture of the victim

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]