Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC185

Incident date

August 24, 2019

Location

السواني, Al-Swani, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.712224, 13.07224 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between three and four civilians were allegedly killed in an LNA or UAE airstrike on Al-Swani.

The Libya Observer tweeted: “Military Source: An airstrike carried out by UAE-backed Haftar’s air force militia destroys a civilian’s car killing three family members fleeing the fighting in Swani region, south Tripoli.”

Hona Souq Al-Khmies also put the death toll at three.

The GNA’s Burkan Al Ghadab operation reported the same number of victims and added a few more were injured.

Libya Alahrar TV quoted the mayor of Al Swani, saying that three civilians were killed by an LNA airstrike. It later updated the number to four.

According to 218TV, a media outlet close to the LNA, “National Army spokesman Major General Ahmed al-Mesmari denied on Saturday that the army’s air force targeted a civilian car in Al-Swani area south of Tripoli, killing a number of civilians.

Al-Mesmari quoted the Air Force as saying that the images from the scene of the explosion indicate that the car in question was hit by a missile or a launcher from the left rear side, causing damage on that side only that could not be caused by aviation ammunition.”

Libya’s Channel also said the LNA confirmed the strikes without admitting to civilian harm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Video of the aftermath
  • Pictures of the aftermath
  • More pictures of the aftermath
  • More pictures from the incident

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

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (12) [ collapse]