Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC070

Incident date

April 24, 2017

Location

سبها‎, Sabha, Libya

Geolocation

27.038804, 14.426567 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

According to several local and international sources, LNA planes bombed a prison run by the Toubou tribe near Sabha, killing up to seven prisoners and wounding as many as nine more. There was disagreement between sources over how many of the victims were prison guards or civilians.

Al Jazeera put the death count at “four prison guards, including one of the commanders, all of them from Tabu. An unspecified number of other people were wounded.”

However, Reuters reported that “two guards and three prisoners were killed” – with “four more people wounded”.
Almarsad provided more detail on the event, reporting that “an airstrike on a Tebu-run security headquarters and prison in Sebha last night [Arpil 24th] killed at least five and injured nine and has been met with outrage by the local Tebu community.

In addition to three prison inmates and two prison guards killed, the currently unclaimed attack wounded eight other detainees and a guard. It destroyed large parts of the prison and vehicles outside”.

Y net news also put the death toll at five, though it didn’t state the combat status of the victims. The source added that “no one had claimed responsibility for the strike in Sabha, but forces aligned with a U.N.-backed government in Tripoli control a desert air base there that previously came under air attack from rivals allied with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar”.

According to Al Arabiya, in addition to “the deaths of four inmates and one guard”, there were  “more than seventy prisoners wounded” – with the escape of more. Sources said that the identity of the warplane responsible was unclear: “The conflicting parties in the city are exchanging accusations about whether the aircraft belongs to the army (led by Marshal Haftar, a legislator from the House of Representatives) or affiliated with the UN-backed government headed by Fayez Sarraj in Tripoli.”

Al Wasat gave more information on the escapees, reporting that “80 people whose crimes ranged from murder to theft to looting and other crimes escaped detention as a result of the strike”.

Adam Abubaker put the civilian death toll even higher, at seven prisoners plus two guards.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–70
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (13) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 7
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–70
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (13) [ collapse]