Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC267

Incident date

December 31, 2019–January 1, 2020

Location

قصر أبو هادي, Qasr Abu Hadi, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.053738, 16.655473 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Conflicting reports emerged of alleged airstrikes by an unknown belligerent on the night of December 31st, 2019 and January 1st, 2020 on Abu Hadi area near the city of Sirte.

A Central Gate reporter quoted local sources, who said that three people had died and two people were wounded in airstrikes on the Abu Hadi area near Sirte. Al Wasat News also reported civilian casualties on Twitter.

Taha Hadid, spokesperson for the Protection and Insurance Force of Sirte, however, stated: “The city of Sirte was not exposed to any airstrikes on the night of Tuesday or the first Wednesday of January 2020. We demand the sites that published the news – without relying on any source – to be honest, and not to intimidate citizens by fabricating false news.”

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the village of Qasr Abu Hadi (قصر ابو هادي‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.053738, 16.655473. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]