Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

Lib2011-182

Incident date

September 25, 2011

Location

برج الساعة المجاور للحي رقم 3, Clock tower adjacent Neighbourhood No. 3, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.201721, 16.592180 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

According to various sources mostly affiliated with the Gaddafi regime, family members residing in neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa’a (clock) tower, Sirte, were injured and some killed due to an attack launched by NATO in September 25th 2011.

It is unclear due to contradicting sources, whether Sarah Ahmed Abd al-Mawli Yunus and Muhammad Ahmed Abdel-Mawali Younes were killed or severely injured.

NATO on that day reported hitting: “1 command and control node, 2 ammunition/vehicle storage facility, 1 radar facility, 1 multiple rocket launcher, 1 military support vehicle, 1 artillery piece, 1 ammunition storage facility.” in the vicinity of Sirte.

There is no further information currently available.

The incident occured at 9:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (2–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
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    This video capturing civilians including children who were injured by NATO's strike on a house in Sirte, in September 25th 2011. In the video, the nurse said that the strike took place at 9am. (via
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    The video showing young children who are severely injured by the NATO's attack on their houses in Sirte. The nurse mentioned that it was the first day in the academic year. (via Surt son)
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    The video capturing children who are severely injured, being treated in a hospital after NATO's attack in Sirte, in September 25th 2011. The date was mentioned by the nurse in the video. (via Surt son)
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    The video showing several children who are suffering from severe injures due to NATO's attack in Sirte being treated at a hospital in September 25th 2011 (via Libya voice)
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    Same video that was posted by Surt son.
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    A different source for the same video that was posted by Surt son.
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    This video is showing a woman -unknown name- while she died at the hospital due to her injures from NATO attacks in September 25th 2011 (via Libya’s history)
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    It shows a boy who is severely injured in his lower jaw due to NATO's attack to his house in neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa'a (clock) tower in Sirte, on September 25th 2011. (Sirte Breaking)
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    It shows a boy who is severely injured in his lower jaw due to NATO's attack to his neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa'a (clock) tower in Sirte, on September 25th 2011. (Sirte Breaking)
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    An images shows the injury that the girl endured due to NATO attack to her neighbourhood in Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Sirte breaking)
  • The girl whose leg was injured and might develop as she grows up to disability due to NATO's attack in Sirte, on September 25th 2011. (via Sirte breaking)
  • Another image of the injury as a result of NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Sirte breaking)
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    Another image showing the severity of the injury that was a result of NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)
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    A scene from a meeting with the family who was injured due to NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)
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    Another image focused on the girl's injury that took place as a result of NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)
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    An image of the injures that the children endured due to NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a clock tower in the third neighbourhood (الحي رقم 3) of Sirte (سرت‎). Research shows the presence of a clock tower adjacent to the neighbourhood mentioned but we are unable to confirm if this is the clock tower referred to by the sources. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The coordinates for the clock tower are: 31.201721, 16.592180.

  • Reports of the incident mention a clock tower in the third neighbourhood (الحي رقم 3) of Sirte (سرت‎). Research shows the presence of a clock tower adjacent to the neighbourhood mentioned but we are unable to confirm if this is the clock tower referred to by the sources.

    Imagery:
    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 Sirte: 1 command and control node, 2 ammunition/vehicle storage facility, 1 radar facility, 1 multiple rocket launcher, 1 military support vehicle, 1 artillery piece, 1 ammunition storage facility.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (2–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]