Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

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

Incident Code

LC088

Incident date

September 11, 2018

Location

أبو سليم, Abu Salim, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.842957, 13.171578 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Around four civilians were reported injured because of indiscriminate artillery shelling on the Abu Salim neighbourhood of Tripoli.

The Municipal Council of Abu Salim posted on Facebook about the events: “Shelling on one of the safe houses behind the health complex in the municipality of Abu Salim, causing panic among the residents and some damage to the building. Some civilians walking nearby were injured, three teenagers suffered minor injuries and a driver was seriously injured.

The injured people are at Abu Salim Hospital.”

Ean Libya published a similar report referring to the Council’s statement.

Libya 24 reported: “At dawn, a shell landed on a house behind the health complex in the municipality of Abu Salim. A number of civilians were injured, including a serious injury, in addition to damage to the building.”

Clashes in the previous week between the 7th Brigade and GNA-affiliated militias point at one of them as the perpetrators.

UN envoy Ghassan Salame claimed to know who is behind the shelling in a press conference and said he would disclose it if the shelling continues.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    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), 7th Brigade

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Pictures of the people injured in the attack (via Abu Salim Municipal Council)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Abu Salim (أبو سليم), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.842957, 13.171578. 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 Abu Salim (أبو سليم).

    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

7th Brigade Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    7th Brigade
  • 7th Brigade position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    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), 7th Brigade

Sources (5) [ collapse]

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]