Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Contested
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC299

Incident date

February 18, 2020

Location

ميناء طرابلس, Tripoli: Port, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.906474, 13.186366 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (other)

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reportedly killed and five more injured by an LNA artillery strike on the Tripoli port area.

Al Wasat said: “According to the media center for Operation Burkan Al Gahdab, Fawzi Onis, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Al-Wefaq government, announced the death of three civilians and the injury of five others.

Witnesses confirmed that shells fell on the main port of Tripoli earlier today, and one of the owners of shops near the port indicated in a statement to the Al Wasat that smoke was rising from several sites that were bombed, benefiting that there were ‘news of the burning of a boat that was anchored in the port.'”

Other sources also reported the death toll provided by the Ministry of Health.

218TV said: “A source familiar with 218 exclusive details revealed the truth about the victims of the National Army’s targeting of the Port of Tripoli last Tuesday, confirming that 3 people were killed, two of them were Turkish officers, one of whom was of high rank, in addition to a Syrian fighter, who were in the Port of Tripoli at the moment of his targeting.”

It added: “In search of confirmation of the news and details provided by the source to 218, the website herdem newes referred to the killing of the Turkish intelligence officer, Colonel Ghazi, the former commander of the Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield operations in Syria, and the injury of a Syrian fighter named a Ayman Mahalli from the Syrian Jarabulus.

The website quoted a source close to the family of the Syrian ‘Ayman Mahalli’ that the latter was working as a translator for the Turkish intelligence officer while they were in Tripoli.

It is noteworthy that the media affiliated with Al-Wefaq rushed to report the death of 3 civilians as a result of the bombing, but the reality of the matter seems to contradict this news, the first of which was written by the prominent leader of the Al-Nawasi Brigade, Muhammad Al-Azhar Abu Daraa, known as the ‘Fund’ in his personal page on Facebook in response to statements regarding the fall of civilians as a result of the bombing.”

218TV also quoted the LNA media office on saying that a weapons cache was hit in the port area. However, ImageSat Intl. provided satellite imagery of the incident which shows smoke rising from cargo near the Turkish vessel.

UNSMIL reported “a number of casualties” sadi that the attack “could have led to a real disaster had the vessel transporting liquefied gas been hit.”

The incident occured around midday.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–3

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Video of smoke rising from the port
  • Another video showing the port
  • Satellite imagery of the incident
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)

Geolocation notes

Smoke rising after alleged shelling on Tripoli port on February 12th, 2020 (via ImageSat Intl.)

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–3

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC298

Incident date

February 14, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: البوعيشي , Tripoli: Albueshi, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.846814, 13.292178 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 and one injured by indiscriminate artillery shelling on the Albueshi area of Tripoli.

The Field Medicine and Support Centre said: “A team from the center made a field tour to find out the size of the injuries left by the fall of a shell on Friday evening, 14/02/2020, on the farm of Mr. Mukhtar Salem Hadiya, who is fifty years old, in the Al-Ba’ish area, which happened to be inside His farm to irrigate the trees, causing his death and injuring a person with him, and they were taken immediately to Tripoli Medical Center.”

Other sources published similar reports.

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

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

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    Mukhtar Salem Hadiya, allegedly killed by shelling on Tripoli on February 14th, 2020 (via FMSC)

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC296

Incident date

February 13, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: مدرسة ميمونة بنت الحارث, Tripoli: Maimouna Bint Al-Hareth School, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.865489, 13.201558 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One woman was killed and up to four more civilians injured by indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli.

The GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation blamed the LNA: “The indiscriminate shelling of the rebel war criminal militia, Haftar, targeted today:

Damascus neighborhood: the death of a woman named (Laila Munji Abu Khurais) and the injury of three civilians in the same neighborhood (Hadaba al-Batatah)”

The LNA accused the GNA: “Militias and mercenaries in Tripoli are still tampering with the property and lives of our people, and after the university shells in Tripoli, another shell falls on Al Batata neighborhood in Tripoli, and reports of material damage and death of a woman.”

Libya Alahrar TV and the Libya Observer quoted the GNA on the incident and also accused the LNA.

Moftah Mosbah said one woman was killed and four civilians injured.

Tk Yahroug Kl shy said the incident took place near the Maimouna Bint Al-Hareth School and the Forno restaurant.

Libya Observer said it was an LNA rocket attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (14) [ collapse]

  • Video of the aftermath
  • Abother video of the aftermath
  • Another video showing damage caused by the shelling
  • Smoke rises after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Smoke rises after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged window after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged window after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged care after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged building after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC292

Incident date

February 10, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: طريق الهضبة, Tripoli: Al Hadaba road, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.865719, 13.198017 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Street

Airwars assessment

Civilians were reported injured from shelling on the Al Hadaba road.

Tarhuna 24 said: “A shell landed on a house on Tareeq Al Hadaba, along with reports of injuries.”

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

There is currently no further information available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC289

Incident date

February 5, 2020

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.688716, 13.173889 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reportedly killed by artillery shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir.

Tarhuna 24 said: “Indiscriminate shelling of Qasr Bin Gashir area resulted in the death of two members of the Al-Futouri family and the daughter of Al-Hadi Kabar.”

There is currently no other information available.

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

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC267

Incident date

December 31, 2019–January 1, 2020

Location

قصر أبو هادي, Abu Hadi, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.053738, 16.655473 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Conflicting reports emerged of alleged airstrikes by an unknown belligerent on the night of December 31st, 2019 and January 1st, 2020 on Abu Hadi area near the city of Sirte.

A Central Gate reporter quoted local sources, who said that three people had died and two people were wounded in airstrikes on the Abu Hadi area near Sirte. Al Wasat News also reported civilian casualties on Twitter.

Taha Hadid, spokesperson for the Protection and Insurance Force of Sirte, however, stated: “The city of Sirte was not exposed to any airstrikes on the night of Tuesday or the first Wednesday of January 2020. We demand the sites that published the news – without relying on any source – to be honest, and not to intimidate citizens by fabricating false news.”

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Unknown Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC260

Incident date

December 25, 2019

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.688716, 13.173889 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, a teenage boy named as Mahmoud Hussein Rabah Al-Jorni was killed after what was described as a ‘random shell’ hit the family farm at Qaser Bin Ghashir.

His death was initially reported by a relative, Mohammed Hasan al-Jurni.

Facebook site Tk Yahrouq Kl shy first noted that “Several shells landed in Qasr Bin Ghashir area.” However this was later updated to note that Mahmoud al-Jurni was killed “as a result of the fall of a random shell on their farm in the Qasr Bin Gashir area.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mahmoud Hussein Rabah Al-Jorni Child male Teenager killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Mahmoud al-Jurni
  • Mahmoud Hussein Rabah Al-Jorni
  • Mahmoud Al-Jorni

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

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC252

Incident date

December 12, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: صلاح الدين, Tripoli: Salaheddin, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.846389, 13.161667 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One elderly civilian named as Khalifa Al-Sibai Al-Hamdi was reportedly killed by indiscriminate artillery shelling on the Salaheddin area of Tripoli.

Tk Yahroug Kl shy said: “A member of the Al-Hamidi family dies as a result of the fall of a random shell on his house in Salaheddin.”

Tripoli 219 and Warfleh sons published similar reports.

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

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Picture of reported victim Khalifa Al-Sibai Al-Hamdi killed by shelling on Salaheddin on December 12th, 2019 (via Warfleh sons)

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

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]