Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC257

Incident date

December 20, 2019

Location

مسلاتة, Msallata, Murqub, Libya

Geolocation

32.584018, 14.036651 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Air and missile strikes on the city of Msallata by the LNA and UAE killed three civilians, according to local reports.

Initially airstrikes had targeted a convoy of militants carrying what were said to be “Al-Wefaq militants” on the road outside Mislata. Address Libya claimed for example that “The Air Force bombed the locations and mechanisms of armed groups loyal to the Al-Wefaq government, west of Maslata, in Al-Watta and Al-Barakat regions, after they fled after a failed infiltration attempt into the Green Zone, Tarhuna.”

The dead and injured were transported to the city of Msallata – which then came under attack from Grad rockets. Burkan al Ghadab for example reported that “3 martyrs from the city of Musallatah after more than 10 raids by Emirati warplanes supporting the war criminal Hifter, and 8 Grad rockets fired by criminal militias towards residential neighborhoods in the city center.”

The Libya Observer said several civilians were also injured, though gave no number.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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 attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of reported Grad rocket strikes on Mislata on December 20th 2019, which killed three civilians (via Tripoli 219)

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 status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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 attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]