Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

LC436

Incident date

May 29, 2023

Location

عين زارة, Ain Zara, Tarabulus, Libya

Geolocation

32.805138, 13.269118 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A civilian man was injured by shelling between “Al Radaa” and “Brigade 444”, one of which is loyal to the Government of National Unity, which struck his home in Ain Zara on May 29, 2023.

A tweet from @ObservatoryLY reported that a house in Ain Zara was hit by a shell during clashes between “Al Radaa” and “Brigade 444” and its occupant was injured by shrapnel. Multiple local sources identified the injured man as the head of his family.

The Ambulance Services Libya posted on Facebook that the shelling occurred in the area of five streets of Ain Zara and that the injured person was treated at Istiqlal clinic.

The incident occured in the evening.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Ain Zara (عين زارة) neighbourhood of the city of Tripoli (طرابلس الغرب), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.805138, 13.269118. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Government of National Accord

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

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    Civilian injured by clashes between militias in Ain Zara on May 29, 2023. (Image posted by Ambulance Services Libya via Facebook)
  • Damage caused by clashes between militias in Ain Zara on May 29, 2023. (Image posted by @ObservatoryLY)
  • Screenshot of Facebook post by Ambulance Services Libya

Government of National Accord Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord
  • Government of National Accord position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Government of National Accord

Sources (7) [ collapse]