Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC219

Incident date

October 14, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: الفرناج, Tripoli: Fornaj, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.850793, 13.239605 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Three sisters were reportedly killed by an LNA airstrike on the Fornaj neighbourhood of Tripoli.

Reuters reported: “Three children, all sisters, were killed, and their mother and a fourth sister wounded in an air strike that hit a house near a military intelligence camp in Libya’s capital on Monday, a Reuters reporter and health officials said.

Libya’s internationally recognized government blamed the strike on forces of Khalifa Haftar, the commander based in the east of the North African country who has been trying to seize Tripoli in the west in a ground and air campaign since April.

A Reuters reporter saw a heavily damaged two-storey house which witnesses said had been hit around midday. The family living there were among those displaced from the outskirts of Tripoli since the start of Haftar’s campaign, residents said.

One neighbor, Walid Khamis, said he had heard a single warplane before the strike. ‘It circled, dipped, then launched,’ he said.”

The Ambulance Services Libya said the father was also injured. Al Wasat also said three people were injured in addition to the killed sisters.

Libya Alahrar TV reported the highest toll of wounded civilians: “Minister of Health: 3 children were killed and 9 injured, including a girl whose leg was amputated by shelling of Al-Farnaj.”

UNSMIL heavily condemned the attack: “Once again, innocent children pay the ultimate price. An attack today ended, in the most horrible way, the lives of three innocent young girls of the same family, burying them under the rubble of a house razed by an airstrike in the al-Fernaj neighbourhood in Tripoli. Another young girl of the same family and the mother were injured in the airstrike, which was reportedly conducted by a fighter jet belonging to ‘LNA’ forces.”

The LNA spokesperson Ahmed Al Mesmari tweeted about the incident: “We did not target any civilian locations in Tripoli, Any target is decided based on confirmed and triple checked ground intelligence and are chosen very carefully.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–9
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Video of the aftermath
  • Pictures of the incident
  • Another video showing the site of the alleged strike
  • Another video of the aftermath
  • More images of the aftermath
  • Pictures allegedly taken at the medical centre
  • Another video of the incident
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    One of the victims was reportedly flown to Italy for treatment
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    Picture of one of the alleged victims (via Ambulance Services Libya)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Picture of another one of the alleged victims (via Ambulance Services Libya)
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Picture of the third alleged victim (via Ambulance Services Libya)

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
    3
  • (3 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–9
  • 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 (37) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC218

Incident date

October 13, 2019

Location

Qasr Bin Gashir: Yarmouk camp, قصر بن غشير, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.764074, 13.199460 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Medical personnel was reported killed by an LNA airstrike near the Yarmouk camp in Qasr Bin Gashir.

Libya Alahrar TV reported: “Hafter warplanes bombard a field hospital in Khallet Al Furjan, leaving dead and wounded.

The field commander in the axis of the airport road, Mohammed bin Yusuf confirmed the shelling of the pro-Haftar planes on a field hospital near the Yarmouk camp in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Bin Yusuf said in a statement to Libya Al Ahrar, that the raid resulted in the deaths of medical staff between nurses and doctors, pointing out that the current situation is relatively calm.”

According to Ewan Libya and 218 TV the LNA had confirmed airstrikes in the area on that day without mentioning civilian harm.

There is currently no more information available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

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
    2 – 3
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC217

Incident date

October 13, 2019

Location

العزيزية‎, Aziziya, Jafara, Libya

Geolocation

32.531577, 13.020688 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly injured by an LNA airstrike on Aziziya.

Hona Souq Al-Khmies reported: “The fall of random shells on Aziziya on the farm of Al-Madani and the injury of a member of the family lightly wounded and leaving material damage.”

The LNA had confirmed airstrikes in the area, according to Ewan Libya and 218 TV: “The Air Force targeted an ammunition depot and mechanisms, located behind the University of Africa, other sites belonging to armed groups in Camp Hamza, the vicinity of Khalat Al Furjan and a farm on Sidra Street, in addition to successive strikes on armed concentrations in the vicinity of the Aziziyah area.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

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
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC216

Incident date

October 12, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: خلة الفرجان, Tripoli: Khallet Al Furjan, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.795738, 13.217038 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

A child was allegedly killed by LNA mortar shelling in the Khallet Al Furjan neighbourhood of Tripoli.

The Libya Observer reported: “The Joint Deterrence and Intervention Force of Abu Salim have confirmed the death of a child as a result of a mortar shell which hit their home in Albill Street in Khallet Al Furjan area.

‘The 13-year-old child was hit by a missile fired by Haftar’s militias at their house. The boy suffered head injuries and died immediately at the site,’ the force said on Facebook.”

While most other sources published similar accounts, Hona Souq Al-Khmies said: “A child killed from the family of Hussein Al-Ferjani named Ali at the age of 10 years.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Ali al-Ferjani 13 years old male Age also reported as 10 killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Picture of the covered body
  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    More pictures of the body

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
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC215

Incident date

October 9, 2019

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir: 108 buildings, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.688333, 13.170556 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Civilian casualties were alleged after indiscriminate artillery shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy wrote: “There are civilian casualties after several indiscriminate shells landed in Qasr Bin Gashir area of Al-Majal’a neighborhood, beside 108 buildings.”

Hona Souq Al-Khmies only reported heavy damage to residential buildings but did not mention civilian harm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Pictures of the aftermath
  • More pictures of the aftermath
  • Video of the events

Unknown Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    2 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC214

Incident date

October 7, 2019

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir: Altwaisha, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.639449, 13.111109 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One doctor was allegedly killed in an LNA or Emirati airstrike on Qasr Bin Gashir.

The Libyan Express reported: “An airstrike by  Khalifa Haftar’s forces hit a field hospital in Gaser Benghashir municipality (near Tripoli airport) on 7 October, killing 1 doctor and injuring 2 paramedics.

The airstrikes came amid heavy airpower use by Haftar’s forces, backed by UAE warplanes and drones, in an attempt to advance on Libyan Army positions in southern Tripoli.”

Al Wasat said: “Shrapnel from an airstrike on Monday killed a doctor and injured two paramedics working in a field hospital in the Al-Tweisha area south of Tripoli.

‘Dr. Samer Sulaiman al-Sibai was killed and two paramedics in the Al-Zahra field hospital were wounded,’ the Health Ministry said in a statement.”

The GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation accused the UAE of conducting the strike.

UNSMIL later condemned the attack without mentioning the culprit.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Dr. Samer Suleiman Al-Sibai Adult male Medical Doctor killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Picture of Dr. Samer Suleiman Al-Sibai (via Al Wasat)
  • Picture supposedly showing the dead body of the victim (via Al Wasat)

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
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC213

Incident date

October 6, 2019

Location

جنزور, Janzur: Equestrian Club, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.834054, 13.011325 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Six civilians were allegedly injured in an LNA airstrike on the Equestrian Club in Janzur.

The Libya Observer said: “Airstrikes by Khalifa Haftar’s backup warplanes hit the Equestrian School in Janzour – west of Tripoli – injuring three to five children and one old man and killing a number of horses, both Fursan Janzour Brigade’s spokesman Ahmed Abdeljalili and other sources have reported.

The sources added that the school was full of children training on horse riding when Haftar’s warplanes struck it.”

Al Wasat reported: “Osama Ali, a spokesman for emergency services, said six people were injured in an air strike on the equestrian club in Janzur, most of them children.”

218 TV reported the same number of victims and said that LNA spokesperson Ahmed Al Mesmari denied LNA involvement.

Libya Alahrar TV added: “The assessment team confirmed that a fighter plane dropped four unguided bombs at the Equestrian Club, a civilian facility, and did not detect any military assets or facilities.”

UNSMIL heavily condemend the incident: “The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is appalled by an airstrike conducted by General Haftar’s forces, targeting the Equestrian Club in Tripoli’s Janzour neighbourhood. The airstrike, which took place today in the afternoon, reportedly injured a number of innocent children and caused damage to the Club’s facilities.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Iyad Shaaban Age unknown male injured
  • Hussam Abu Bakr Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Rahim Fathi Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Rahman Al-Shtaiwi Age unknown male injured
  • Mohammed Al-Soni Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

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

    More pictures of victims
  • Pictures of the bombing
  • Pictures of the aftermath
  • Video report by Libya Alahrar TV
  • Another picture of the bombing
  • Another picture of the bombing

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
    6
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC212

Incident date

October 5, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: طريق المطار, Tripoli: Airport road, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.806027, 13.139814 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Four women were reportedly injured by LNA shelling on Tripoli.

Libya Alahrar TV said: “Operation Volcano of Anger [GNA] announced the injury of 4 women due to the warplanes supporting Haftar shelling civilian neighbourhoods in the vicinity of the airport road in the capital Tripoli.

Operation Volcano of Anger added that Saturday night’s shelling caused damage to a power plant and a number of civilian houses.”

There is currently no additonal informationa available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Image of the aftermath (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Another image of the aftermath (via Libya Alahrar TV)

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
    4
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (2) [ collapse]