Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC044

Incident date

October 12, 2016

Location

Vicinity of Water Tower, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.208883, 16.592891 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

According to several sources on Twitter, at least two civilians died in a US airstrike in the morning in Sirte, one of them a child.

The sources did not give clear estimates on casualties, though the pictures show two people most likely dead. Two more injured children can be spotted in the images.

One source also reported five ISIS fighters dead in the attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

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    Translation: Libyan Sirte. American bombardment or ISIS, both are the birth of an American - It is the time of the harsh fall. (Source: @hamedaalkrak)
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    Translation: save Sirte children from the bombing of US aircraft in which supporting Misrata militias in Operation Defensive Statement to destroy Sirte (Source: @majdiAshrif)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the water tower in the city of Sirte (سرت‎), for which the generic coordinates are:31.208883, 16.592891. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

United States Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    United States Armed Forces

Sources (8) [ collapse]