Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

Lib2011-112

Incident date

June 22, 2011

Location

سبها‎, Sabha, Libya

Geolocation

27.042552, 14.427744 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Four civilians, all of them paramedics, were allegedly killed in an apparent NATO double tap airstrike in Sabha.

Nass Book said: “A military source reported that NATO bombed civilian sites in Sabha. When the civil protection crews of the civil defense and ambulance apparatus rushed to carry out rescue operations the crusader alliance bombed these crews, resulting in the death of four of the crew and wounding ten others … Also, this Crusader bombing destroyed a number of civilian buildings and facilities, including the Civil Defense Protection Branch.”

Reuters wrote: “The Libyan Jamahiriya News Agency said airstrikes killed four civil defense workers and injured ten others on Sunday when they rushed to provide first aid to people at civilian sites hit in the alliance attack in Sabha.”

Libya Alahrar TV and Tawasul News Agency reported that NATO bombed the Faris Brigade camp.

NATO on that day reported hitting one command and control node near Sabha.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention buildings near the Civil Defense Branch (الدفاع المدني) building in Sabha (سبها) being struck, for which the general coordinates are: 27.042552, 14.427744. Due to limited information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention buildings near the Civil Defense Branch (الدفاع المدني) building in Sabha (سبها) being struck.

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    Google Earth

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sebha: 1 Command & Control Node.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • Civilians reported injured
    10
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]