Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Contested
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC296

Incident date

February 13, 2020

Location

مدرسة ميمونة بنت الحارث, Maimouna Bint Al Hareth School, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.865489, 13.201558 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One woman was killed and up to four more civilians injured by indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli.

The GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation blamed the LNA: “The indiscriminate shelling of the rebel war criminal militia, Haftar, targeted today:

Damascus neighborhood: the death of a woman named (Laila Munji Abu Khurais) and the injury of three civilians in the same neighborhood (Hadaba al-Batatah)”

The LNA accused the GNA: “Militias and mercenaries in Tripoli are still tampering with the property and lives of our people, and after the university shells in Tripoli, another shell falls on Al Batata neighborhood in Tripoli, and reports of material damage and death of a woman.”

Libya Alahrar TV and the Libya Observer quoted the GNA on the incident and also accused the LNA.

Moftah Mosbah said one woman was killed and four civilians injured.

Tk Yahroug Kl shy said the incident took place near the Maimouna Bint Al-Hareth School and the Forno restaurant.

Libya Observer said it was an LNA rocket attack.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (14) [ collapse]

  • Video of the aftermath
  • Abother video of the aftermath
  • Another video showing damage caused by the shelling
  • Smoke rises after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Smoke rises after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged window after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged window after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged care after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged building after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Street scene after indiscriminate shelling on Tripoli on February 13th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Maimouna Bint Al Hareth School (مدرسة ميمونة بنت الحارث),  for which the generic coordinates are: 32.865489, 13.201558. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC298

Incident date

February 14, 2020

Location

البوعيشي , Al Bueshi, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.841231, 13.097334 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One civilian was allegedly killed and one injured by indiscriminate artillery shelling on the Albueshi area of Tripoli.

The Field Medicine and Support Centre said: “A team from the center made a field tour to find out the size of the injuries left by the fall of a shell on Friday evening, 14/02/2020, on the farm of Mr. Mukhtar Salem Hadiya, who is fifty years old, in the Al-Ba’ish area, which happened to be inside His farm to irrigate the trees, causing his death and injuring a person with him, and they were taken immediately to Tripoli Medical Center.”

Other sources published similar reports.

Local reports of fighting point at the GNA or LNA as the perpetrator.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • This media contains graphic content. Click to unblur.

    Mukhtar Salem Hadiya, allegedly killed by shelling on Tripoli on February 14th, 2020 (via FMSC)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Bueshi (البوعيشي), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.841231, 13.097334. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Bueshi (البوعيشي).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC299

Incident date

February 18, 2020

Location

ميناء طرابلس, Tripoli: Port, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.90666, 13.186038 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (other)

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were reportedly killed and five more injured by an LNA artillery strike on the Tripoli port area.

Al Wasat said: “According to the media center for Operation Burkan Al Gahdab, Fawzi Onis, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health in the Al-Wefaq government, announced the death of three civilians and the injury of five others.

Witnesses confirmed that shells fell on the main port of Tripoli earlier today, and one of the owners of shops near the port indicated in a statement to the Al Wasat that smoke was rising from several sites that were bombed, benefiting that there were ‘news of the burning of a boat that was anchored in the port.'”

Other sources also reported the death toll provided by the Ministry of Health.

218TV said: “A source familiar with 218 exclusive details revealed the truth about the victims of the National Army’s targeting of the Port of Tripoli last Tuesday, confirming that 3 people were killed, two of them were Turkish officers, one of whom was of high rank, in addition to a Syrian fighter, who were in the Port of Tripoli at the moment of his targeting.”

It added: “In search of confirmation of the news and details provided by the source to 218, the website herdem newes referred to the killing of the Turkish intelligence officer, Colonel Ghazi, the former commander of the Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield operations in Syria, and the injury of a Syrian fighter named a Ayman Mahalli from the Syrian Jarabulus.

The website quoted a source close to the family of the Syrian ‘Ayman Mahalli’ that the latter was working as a translator for the Turkish intelligence officer while they were in Tripoli.

It is noteworthy that the media affiliated with Al-Wefaq rushed to report the death of 3 civilians as a result of the bombing, but the reality of the matter seems to contradict this news, the first of which was written by the prominent leader of the Al-Nawasi Brigade, Muhammad Al-Azhar Abu Daraa, known as the ‘Fund’ in his personal page on Facebook in response to statements regarding the fall of civilians as a result of the bombing.”

218TV also quoted the LNA media office on saying that a weapons cache was hit in the port area. However, ImageSat Intl. provided satellite imagery of the incident which shows smoke rising from cargo near the Turkish vessel.

UNSMIL reported “a number of casualties” sadi that the attack “could have led to a real disaster had the vessel transporting liquefied gas been hit.”

The incident occured around midday.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–3

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (12) [ collapse]

  • Video of smoke rising from the port
  • Another video showing the port
  • Satellite imagery of the incident
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Smoke rising from Tripoli port after alleged LNA shelling on February 18th, 2020 (via 218TV)

Geolocation notes (2) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the port of Tripoli being struck (ميناء طرابلس). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have identified the exact location of the strike at these coordinates: 32.90666, 13.186038. This location is further confirmed by satellite imagery by @ImageSatIntl.

  • Reports of the incident mention the port of Tripoli being struck (ميناء طرابلس). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have identified the exact location of the strike. This location is further confirmed by satellite imagery by @ImageSatIntl.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Evidence of the strike can be seen in a comparison of satellite imagery available. On the left an image from February 8th, 2020, and on the right an image from February 27th, 2020.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    0 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    0–3

Sources (27) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC361

Incident date

April 21, 2020

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.688716, 13.173889 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Two men and a child were killed when artillery shells by an unknown belligerent fell near their homes in Qasr Bin Ghashir, Tripoli district, on April 21st, 2020, according to local sources.

Ramadan Al Shatwi died “after a random shell fell on his farm in Qasr Bin Gashir” on April 21st, according to Tk Yahrouq Kl shy, later adding that his son Abdo Ramadan died alongside him.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy also reported the death of civilian Khalifa Ali Al-Khuwaildi “after a random shell landed in front of his house in Qasr Bin Gashir area.”

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

Reports of fighting the in area point at GNA or LNA as the culprit.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Ramadan Al Shtawi died alongside his son Abdo Ramadan after a shell by an unknown belligerent landed on his farm in Qaser Bin Ghashir on April 21st, 2020 (via Tk Yahrouq Kl shy).
  • Presumbably blood on the floor after shells by an unknown belligerent hit residential homes in Qaser Bin Ghashir on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).
  • Damaged residential house in Qaser Bin Ghashir after shelling by an unknown belligerent on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).
  • Damaged front porch of a residential house in Qaser Bin Ghashir after shelling by an unknown belligerent on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).
  • Photo taken inside a residential house in Qaser Bin Ghashir after shelling by an unknown belligerent on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).
  • Building in Qaser Bin Ghashir after shelling by an unknown belligerent on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).
  • Damaged front porch of a residential house in Qaser Bin Ghashir after shelling by an unknown belligerent on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).
  • Damage in Qaser Bin Ghashir after shelling by an unknown belligerent on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).
  • Damaged front porch of a residential house in Qaser Bin Ghashir after shelling by an unknown belligerent on April 21st, 2020 (via Tarhouna 24).

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Qasr Bin Gashir (قصر بن غشير), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.688716, 13.173889. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 child2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC365

Incident date

April 23, 2020

Location

أربع شوارع زويته, Al Zuwaita Junction, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.81663, 13.267043 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One civilian was allegedly killed by indiscriminate artillery selling on Ain Zara.

Al Wasat wrote: “A spokesman for the ambulance and emergency services, Osama Ali, announced the death of a citizen as a result of a shrapnel wound when ‘shells fell on a house in Zuwita Street in Ain Zara’ in the capital, Tripoli, on Thursday evening.

Ali said that ambulances are still at the scene, pointing out that the Ain Zara ambulance team, supported by the emergency team, joined and appealed to citizens to stay away from balconies and patios.

The spokesman for the ambulance service announced earlier Thursday, that a number of shells had fallen on Zuwita Street in the Ain Zara area of ​​the capital, Tripoli, which caused the fire, and issued an urgent appeal to the civil protection to move quickly to control the fire.”

The Field Medicine and Support Center said two people were killed and one injured

Libya Alahrar TV later reported: “The media advisor to the Ministry of Health, Al-Amin Al-Hashemi, reported the death of three citizens and the wounding of three others, including a foreign expatriate from Niger, as a result of several shells falling on the “four streets of Zuwita” in Ain Zara on Thursday night.

Local reports of shelling point at GNA or LNA as the culprit.

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • Damaged building after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged car after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged car after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged building after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damaged car after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Destroyed car after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Damaged car after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Damaged car after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Damaged building after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Damaged building after indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
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    Victim of indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim of indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Victim of indiscriminate shelling on Ain Zara on April 23rd, 2020 (via FMSC)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Zuwaita Junction (أربع شوارع زويته), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.815761, 13.300764. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC375

Incident date

April 29, 2020

Location

أبو الغرب: محطة وقود نسيم الشروق, Naseem al Shorouk Gas Station, Jabal al Gharbi, Libya

Geolocation

30.665078, 13.578995 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were allegedly killed by a GNA or Turkish airstrike near Abu Al Ghurab.

The LNA media center said: “Two ambulances have been attacked, and two people inside died following a Turkish drone strike at 10 am, on Wednesday, 04/29/2020
The attack occurred in the Abu Al Ghurab area, inside the petrol station.”

Libya 24 published a statement by the GNA: “The [GNA] military media announced on Wednesday, targeting three cars carrying ammunition belonging to what it described as Haftar forces, in reference to the army, through air force raids in the Abu Al Ghurab area south of Mizda, confirming the fall of those wounded.”

Mohammed Abo al Qassem said that all of those in the car died after being wounded.

The incident occured at approximately 10:00 am local time.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    LNA

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Petrol station allegedly targeted by a GNA or Turkish strike on April 4th, 2020 (via Mohammed Abo al Qassem)
  • Cars allegedly targeted by a GNA or Turkish strike on April 4th, 2020 (via Mohammed Abo al Qassem)
  • Cars allegedly targeted by a GNA or Turkish strike on April 4th, 2020 (via Mohammed Abo al Qassem)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a petrol station being struck between Qurayyat (القريات) and Nessma gate (وبوابة نسمة). Researching visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to Naseem al Shorouk Gas Station, for which the coordinates are: 30.665078, 13.578995

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    LNA

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC377

Incident date

May 3, 2020

Location

بني وليد, Bani Walid, Misurata, Libya

Geolocation

31.796814, 14.055061 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were allegedly killed by a GNA or Turkish drone strike near Bani Walid.

Osama Olabidy tweeted that two young men from the Mashashiya tribe were killed while trying to selling to sell fuel in Bani Walid. In a previous tweet he said they were driving a Toyota Tundra.

218Tv wrote that “there were reports of drone air strikes belonging to Al-Wefaq [GNA] forces to points south of Bani Walid, and the shelling targeted a civilian Tundra car … and killed two people from the Mashashiya.”

The no to military rule Facebook page said the two were in fact LNA member and had been killed by airstrike on Watiyah air base.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Victim allegedly killed in a drone strike near Bani Walid on May 3rd, 2020 (via No to military rule)
  • Victim allegedly killed in a drone strike near Bani Walid on May 3rd, 2020 (via No to military rule)
  • Victim allegedly killed in a drone strike near Bani Walid on May 3rd, 2020 (via No to military rule)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Bani Walid (بني وليد), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.796814, 14.055061. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Turkish Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC410

Incident date

May 31, 2020

Location

حي الاندلس, Hay Al Andalus, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.874009, 13.135207 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Up to seven civilians were allegedly killed and up to twelve injured by indiscrimiante shelling on the Souq Al Talata area of Tripoli.

The Field Medicine and Support Center said three were killed and 11 injured.

The GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation posted that five were killed and eight injured, one of which a child whose leg had to be amputated.

Reuters reported: “Sunday’s shelling hit an expanse of grass that residents often use to relax on the edge of the Hay al-Andalus neighbourhood, west of central Tripoli.

Ameen al-Hashimi, a press officer for the Tripoli government’s health ministry, told Reuters five people, two of them unidentified, had been killed, and 12 wounded.

Osama Ali, a spokesman for local ambulance services, said four of the casualties had been killed at the grassy area and one other at a second, nearby location.”

Al Wasat said: “A spokesman for the ambulance and emergency services, Osama Ali, said that 5 citizens were killed by shells falling on Souq Al Talata and Al Gharbi Street in Tripoli.

Ali added, in a press statement, that four citizens were killed in Souq Al Talata, one man was seriously injured, a woman had minor injuries and is receiving first aid at her relatives home.”

The Libya Observer initially reported seven killed but later corrected to number to five.

Libya Alahrar TV and the Libya Observer accused the GNA of conducting the shelling. Tarhuna 24 blamed the GNA.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Abdel Fattah Akk 24 years old male killed
  • Zahia Faraj 65 years old female killed
  • Abdul Hakim Al-Matani 23 years old male killed
  • Muhammad Abu Guarara Nasr 30 years old male injured
  • Khalifa Muhammad Masoud 60 years old male injured
  • Mohsen Daw Mohamed 29 years old male injured
  • Ezzeldin Mohammed Al-Jilani 51 years old male injured
  • Abdul Latif Al-Jursi 31 years old male injured
  • Miral Mustafa 7 years old female injured
  • Tariq Mustafa Homs 16 years old male injured
  • Mona Ismail Saleh 35 years old female injured
  • Haji Mustafa Omar 26 years old male injured
  • Al-Mandhar Hisham Al-Mabrouk 39 years old male injured
  • Osama Kaddour 25 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–12
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

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Media
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Victim allegedly killed by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Victim allegedly killed by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
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    Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Victim allegedly injured by shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Smoke rising after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Smoke rising after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Smoke rising after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Smoke rising after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Cars and buildings damaged after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Al Wasat)
  • Cars and buildings damaged after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Al Wasat)
  • Smoke rising after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Child who allegedly lost his leg after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
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    Child who allegedly lost his leg after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
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    Child who allegedly lost his leg after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
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    Child who allegedly lost his leg after shelling on Tripoli on May 31st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Hay Al Andalus (حي الاندلس), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.874009, 13.135207. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Hay Al Andalus (حي الاندلس).

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    Google Earth

Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Libyan National Army (LNA) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (1 woman2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8–12
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (26) [ collapse]