Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC041

Incident date

September 16, 2016

Location

الجغبوب, Jaghbub, Butnan, Libya

Geolocation

29.741912, 24.515678 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

In an incident dated no later than September 16th, Alwasat reported that three young men from Al-Bayda were killed in an Egyptian airstrike after crossing the border coming from a fishing trip near Jaghbub.

The journal named the victims as Mu’taz Salem Ali Bhohelasiya, 19 years old, Hussam al-Gilani, 27 years old, and Salem Hussein Issa Fakreen, 30 years old.

According to the only survivor, Salem Khattab Hamad bin Ali Buhajar, he and his friends came under attack by bombing and gunfire: “The next morning, the battery of the vehicle ran out because the refrigerator was running. We relaxed a bit and started to prepare breakfast for my friends. In the meantime, a plane came flying around for half an hour. I ran a little away from the car that was blown up by the bombing. In fact, the scene was painful. My friend, Moataz died instantly, while the other two were alive, but one of them suffered severe burns and the other was hit by a bullet.”

He pointed out that Salem Fakirin died the day after the incident from his injuries, while Al-Jilani died on the third day because of their failure to save them and stay in the desert.

While Alwasat reported the incident occurred on the Egyptian side of the border, UNSMIL said in its September 2016 report that it was near Jaghbub in Libya.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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
    Egyptian Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • An image shows the victims before they were killed in alleged Egyptian airstrike near r the border (Source: Al Wasat)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a vehicle being struck in the vicinity of Jaghbub (الجغبوب) village. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for Jaghbub are: 29.741912, 24.515678.

Egyptian Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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
    Egyptian Armed Forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]