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Incident Code

YEMYEM003

Incident date

August 24, 2011

Location

زنجبار‎, Zinjibar, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.129059, 45.380422 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Aug. 24, 2011, multiple news outlets reported that airstrikes by the Yemeni government killed 30-40 suspected Al Qaeda militants in the town of Zinjibar, located in the province of Abyan. While there are no reported cases of civilian harm, estimates vary on the number of suspected militants killed in the strike.

The Associated Press and antiwar.com reported that 30 suspected AQ militants had been killed in the strikes on Zinjibar, while Sanaa News, Yemeress, and @Ymncafe stated that 40 suspected militants had been killed.

The strike on Zinjibar unfolded as part of larger operations throughout the region, in which AP and antiwar.com reported that six suspected militants had been killed in strikes on nearby Arkoub (USYEM028-B). Both outlets report that 30 out of 36 militants were killed between the two strikes were in Abyan.

Various reports state that Yemeni troops suffered losses in the operations that took place throughout Abyan, with AP reporting that eight Yemeni soldiers were killed in fighting around Zinjibar and CNN stating that 12 government troops had been killed and 42 injured since the morning of the 23rd, part of 29 killed and 62 injured from “both sides” in fighting in Abyan.

Antiwar.com stated that 18 government troops had been killed in two days in fighting in the region. Sanaa News and Yemeress both reported that the day before the Aug. 24 strike, an Al Qaeda attack on Yemeni forces killed 20 government soldiers.

The strikes represented another push by the Saleh government to recapture the Abyan province from Al Qaeda, which took control of the region in May 2011 amidst widespread disfavor with the Saleh regime. The Associated Press reported that continuous airstrikes and ground raids had “failed to dislodge” Al Qaeda from the area.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    30–40

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Zinjibar (زنجبار‎) in Ayban province. The coordinates for the town of Zinjibar are: 13.129059, 45.380422.

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    30–40

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

USYEM028-B

Incident date

August 24, 2011

Location

العرقوب), Al Arqoub, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.4688890, 45.7638890 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On Aug. 24, 2011, numerous outlets such as the Associated Press, AFP, and CNN reported that between four and six suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed and others were wounded in alleged Yemeni or US strikes in the area of Arkoub in Yemen’s Abyan province, which was overrun by Al Qaeda in May 2011. There are no known reports of civilian casualties in the strike on Arkoub, but outlets differ on other details, such as the number of suspected militants killed and the nature of the strike.

The reporting of one outlet, CNN, stated that four suspected AQ militants were killed in Arkoub “during a clash with the army in Abyan province.” This wording would seem to imply that the strike took the form of ground raids, which are reported to have occurred throughout Abyan at the time, with AP reporting that eight Yemeni soldiers were killed in the area around Zinjibar, alongside a strike that killed 30-40 suspected AQ militants (USYEM027-B).

However, other outlets such as AFP and AP state that the strike in Arkoub killed six militants and was carried out by airstrike. AP reported that the strike was carried out by the Yemeni government, and AFP raising the possibility that the strike could have been carried out by the United States, citing the fact that the US had previously carried out strikes in Yemen and that locals in Arkoub claim that drones frequently patrol the area. CNN also declared “others injured” in the strike, but provided no additional details. On Aug. 24, CNN reported that 29 had been killed and 62 injured between “both sides” during operations in Abyan over the last several days.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4–6
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the mountainous area of Al Arqoub (العرقوب), near the coastal village of Shaqra, Abyan governorate. The coordinates for Al Arqoub are: 13.4688890, 45.7638890.

US Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US Forces
  • US Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    4–6
  • Belligerents reported injured
    2

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-150

Incident date

August 23, 2011

Location

باب عكاره, Bab Akkara, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.866912, 13.173494 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between 15 and 19 men, including three medical personnel, were killed and at least six others were injured between Gargur and the Gaddafi compound at Bab al-Aziziyah in Tripoli on August 23, 2011.

A member of the rebel forces witnessed 15 bodies, all in civilian clothes and all of them handcuffed behind the back with electric cable or handcuffs, being loaded into a truck outside of the Gaddafi compound.

Another witness saw Gaddafi forces stop an ambulance with “17 February” written on the side and shoot the three men on board, two men in medical scrubs and the driver.

Another witness was detained at the same checkpoint and saw a man who had a card identifying him as a Tripoli rebel shot in the head. The witness and his friend were beaten and held in a shop in Bab Aukara where four detainees were already being held and had undergone severe torture. This same witness also witnessed the medical staff being executed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 19
  • (15–19 men3 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Bab Akkara (باب عكاره) neighbourhood of Tripoli (طرابلس‎), the generic coordinates for which are: 32.866912, 13.173494. Reports of the incident also mention a riverbed which runs along the neighbourhood’s southwestern edge. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Bab Akkara (باب عكاره) neighbourhood of Tripoli (طرابلس‎). Reports of the incident also mention a riverbed which runs along the neighbourhood’s southwestern edge.

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Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15 – 19
  • (15–19 men3 healthcare_personnel)
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-149

Incident date

August 23, 2011

Location

خلة الفرجان, Warehouse in Khallet Al Furjan, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.886602, 13.190912 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between 63 and 170 prisoners were killed in the early evening in Yarmouk prison under the control of Gaddafi forces in a warehouse in Khallet al Furjan on August 23, 2011.

According to the UN Report Source, in the early evening, prison guards at the facility threw between 6 and 8 grenades into the warehouse holding the prisoners and then the guards began shooting the prisoners with AK47s. The violence continued for between 10-30 minutes before the guards stopped, possibly to get more ammunition. A guard ordered to collect the bodies counted 109 bodies.

DW News reported that 50-53 charred bodies were found at the site of the massacre. BBC News reported that 47 bodies were found at the site but a survivor of the massacre said that 153 people were being held at the time and only 20 escaped. He also added that most of the detainees were civilians.

Lalout News reported that over 170 victims were killed at the Yarmouk massacre.

The names of those killed:

Ali Muhammad Faraj Al-Bahbah, 20 years old, from Zliten

Anas Bashir Abu Bakr bin Aisha, arrested on August 18, 2011 in the uprising of Al Baza

Abd al-Hakim Khalifa al-Kabir

Bahaa al-Din Salih Abd al-Salam al-Thani

Jamal Khalifa Abdullah Al-Lafi

Osama Khalifa Abdullah Al-Lafi

 Muhammad Khalfa Abdullah Al-Lafi

Imad al-Din Salem Abu al-Qasim Hassan

Al Naji Masoud Salem Al-Zardab

Masoud Salem Abdullah Al-Zardab

Osama Abd Al-Salam Abdullah Al-Saeedi

Joum’a Masoud Abu Al-Qasim Abu Dabba

Saleh Khalifa Muhammad Al-Fitouri

Saddam Ali Muhammad Ashour

Saleh Ali Muhammad Ashour

Muhammad Imhamed Erhim Obaid

Muhammad Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Sari

Mahmoud Imhamed Mahmoud As-Sari

Ahmed Mustafa Ahmed Al-Sari

Ali Saleh Ahmad As-Sari

Muhammad Nuri Mahmoud As-Sari

Mustafa Muhammad Qununu

Khaled Mustafa Muhammad Qununu

Abd al-Basit Musafi Muhammad Qununu

Ramadan Abdullah Muhammad Zureik

Muhammad Umar Al-Sadiq Ahmadi

Osama Faraj Al-Misrati

Tariq Abd al-Latif bin Zahia

Atia Omar Ahmidan

Abdul-Malik Abdel Hafeez Himyer

Muhammad Omar Al-Bak

Abdullah Bouamran Al-Ghoula

Abdul Razzaq Masoud Misbah Al-Naaji

Rajab Masoud Misbah Al-Naaji

Abu Bakr Miloud Al-Taif Al-Najjar

Mustafa Ahmed Al-Ashhab

Ali Ibrahim Al-Shwahidi

Mustafa Muhammad Al-Manqoush

Salem Hussein Al-Qady

Yusef Salem Al-Qadi

Essam Jabra Ihbeish

Atiyah Moftah bin Sulaiman

Muhammad Moftah Hammouda

Hussain Abdul Hamid Al-Mabqa 

Muhammad Bashir bin Aisha

Ramadan Mahmoud Jaber

Ali Al-Hadi Misbah

Hasan Ali Ghaith

Abd al-Salam Abu Hanik

Ibrahim Fateh Al-Eshitr

Mustafa Muhammad Abu Mariqa

Faraj Muhammad Aghilib

Wael Atiyah Abd Al-Hamid Al-Adl

Al-Saeed Al-Sayyed Al Sayyad 

Al-Najjar is Egyptian

Khaled Al-Soghair Abusaq

Ayman Younis Al-Sukaih

Amhammad Muhammad Abdullah Al-Aswad

Mahmoud Abdel Salam Adrah

Muhammad Muhammad Shaaban al-Dabrzi

Miftah Abdul Qader Al Futaisi

Ali Ibrahim Al-Daradh

Omar Salem Muhammad Salhuba

 

 

 

The incident occured at approximately 7:30 pm local time.

The victims were named as:

Ali Muhammad Faraj Al-Bahbah
20 years old male He is one of the rebels from the jihad city of Zliten, who was lost while joining the rebels and was arrested by the Gaddafi Brigades on Thursday at 10:30 pm on 08/18/2011. killed
Anas Bashir Abu Bakr bin Aisha
Age unknown male Anas was arrested on August 18, 2011 in the uprising of Al Baza killed
Abd al-Hakim Khalifa al-Kabir
Age unknown male killed
Bahaa al-Din Salih Abd al-Salam al-Thani
Age unknown killed
Jamal Khalifa Abdullah Al-Lafi
Age unknown killed
Osama Khalifa Abdullah Al-Lafi
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Khalfa Abdullah Al-Lafi
Age unknown killed
Imad al-Din Salem Abu al-Qasim Hassan
Age unknown killed
Al Naji Masoud Salem Al-Zardab
Age unknown killed
Masoud Salem Abdullah Al-Zardab
Age unknown killed
Osama Abd Al-Salam Abdullah Al-Saeedi
Age unknown killed
Joum’a Masoud Abu Al-Qasim Abu Dabba
Age unknown male killed
Saleh Khalifa Muhammad Al-Fitouri
Age unknown killed
Saddam Ali Muhammad Ashour
Age unknown killed
Saleh Ali Muhammad Ashour
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Imhamed Erhim Obaid
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Mahmoud Abdullah Al-Sari
Age unknown killed
Mahmoud Imhamed Mahmoud As-Sari
Age unknown killed
Ahmed Mustafa Ahmed Al-Sari
Age unknown killed
Ali Saleh Ahmad As-Sari
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Nuri Mahmoud As-Sari
Age unknown killed
Mustafa Muhammad Qununu
Age unknown killed
Khaled Mustafa Muhammad Qununu
Age unknown killed
Abd al-Basit Musafi Muhammad Qununu
Age unknown killed
Ramadan Abdullah Muhammad Zureik
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Umar Al-Sadiq Ahmadi
Age unknown killed
Osama Faraj Al-Misrati
Age unknown killed
Tariq Abd al-Latif bin Zahia
Age unknown killed
Atia Omar Ahmidan
Age unknown killed
Abdul-Malik Abdel Hafeez Himyer
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Omar Al-Bak
Age unknown killed
Abdullah Bouamran Al-Ghoula
Age unknown killed
Abdul Razzaq Masoud Misbah Al-Naaji
Age unknown killed
Rajab Masoud Misbah Al-Naaji
Age unknown killed
Abu Bakr Miloud Al-Taif Al-Najjar
Age unknown killed
Mustafa Ahmed Al-Ashhab
Age unknown killed
Ali Ibrahim Al-Shwahidi
Age unknown killed
Mustafa Muhammad Al-Manqoush
Age unknown killed
Salem Hussein Al-Qady
Age unknown killed
Yusef Salem Al-Qadi
Age unknown killed
Essam Jabra Ihbeish
Age unknown killed
Atiyah Moftah bin Sulaiman
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Moftah Hammouda
Age unknown killed
Hussain Abdul Hamid Al-Mabqa
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Bashir bin Aisha
Age unknown killed
Ramadan Mahmoud Jaber
Age unknown killed
Ali Al-Hadi Misbah
Age unknown killed
Hasan Ali Ghaith
Age unknown killed
Abd al-Salam Abu Hanik
Age unknown killed
Ibrahim Fateh Al-Eshitr
Age unknown killed
Mustafa Muhammad Abu Mariqa
Age unknown killed
Faraj Muhammad Aghilib
Age unknown killed
Wael Atiyah Abd Al-Hamid Al-Adl
Age unknown killed
Al-Saeed Al-Sayyed Al Sayyad
Age unknown killed
Al-Najjar is Egyptian
Age unknown killed
Khaled Al-Soghair Abusaq
Age unknown killed
Ayman Younis Al-Sukaih
Age unknown killed
Amhammad Muhammad Abdullah Al-Aswad
Age unknown killed
Mahmoud Abdel Salam Adrah
Age unknown killed
Muhammad Muhammad Shaaban al-Dabrzi
Age unknown killed
Miftah Abdul Qader Al Futaisi
Age unknown killed
Ali Ibrahim Al-Daradh
Age unknown killed
Omar Salem Muhammad Salhuba
Age unknown killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    64 – 170
  • (4 men64–170 other protected persons)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (25) [ collapse]

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    Image of charred bodied killed in a prison massacre on August 23, 2011
  • Anas Bashir Abu Bakr bin Aisha, killed in Yarmouk prison on August 23, 2011
  • From the association of the families of the victims of the Yarmouk prison holocaust
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
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    Prisoners killed at Yarmouk on August 23, 2011
  • Images of those killed at Yarmouk prison, August 23, 2011
  • Images of those killed at Yarmouk prison, August 23, 2011
  • Images of those killed at Yarmouk prison, August 23, 2011
  • Images of those killed at Yarmouk prison, August 23, 2011
  • Images of those killed at Yarmouk prison, August 23, 2011
  • Image taken the day of the Yarmouk prison massacre

Geolocation notes (5) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a warehouse in Khallet Al Furjan (خلة الفرجان) south of Tripoli (طرابلس‎). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to these exact coordinates: 32.773607, 13.211762.

  • Reports of the incident mention a warehouse in Khallet Al Furjan (خلة الفرجان) south of Tripoli (طرابلس‎). Analyzing audio-visual material from sources, we have narrowed the location down to exact coordinates.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Tagged satellite imagery according to mateial from sources.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @rabta2011

  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources.

  • Tagged audio-visual material from sources.

    Imagery:
    @rabta2011

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    64 – 170
  • (4 men64–170 other protected persons)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (16) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-148

Incident date

August 23, 2011

Location

باب العزيزية, Bab Al Aziziya, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.872127, 13.173331 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Bab Al Aziziya (باب العزيزية) complex in Tripoli (طرابلس‎), the generic coordinates for which are: 32.872127, 13.173331. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Bab Al Aziziya (باب العزيزية) complex in Tripoli (طرابلس‎).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.

Incident Code

Lib2011-147

Incident date

August 23, 2011

Location

غرغور, Gharghour, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.863772, 13.166964 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least 21 people, including at least three men, were killed and two men were injured in a detention facility run by the Revolutionary Guard in Gargur, south of Bab Al-Aziziyah, on August 23, 2011 according to UN Report Source Page 72.

According to witnesses and family members, most of those being held in the detention facility had been arrested on the 18 & 19 of August 2011 in Tripoli. In the top floor of the building, 14 detainees were held for five days without receiving any food and only water in the evenings. On August 23, 2011 witnesses heard gunfire and found the bodies of 21 people, with only two men still alive.

Names of those killed:

Ihab Abdul Hamid bin Al-Sheikh, born 1986

Khalifa Abd al-Rahman al-Daghra, a student of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Department, born in 1988

Abd al-Salam Abdullah al-Muqlash

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

25 years old male killed
23 years old male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    21
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Ihab Abdul Hamid bin Al-Sheikh, killed August 23, 2011
  • Khalifa Abd al-Rahman al-Daghra, killed August 23, 2011
  • Abd al-Salam al-Muqlash, killed August 23, 2011

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the area of Gharghour (غرغور), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.863772, 13.166964. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the area of Gharghour (غرغور) in Tripoli (طرابلس‎).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    21
  • (3 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-146

Incident date

August 22, 2011

Location

طرابلس‎, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.886602, 13.190912 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Between seven and 16 people, including three belligerents, were killed on Abu Salim Highway in Tripoli by Gaddafi snipers on August 22, 2011.

A young man from the Abu Salim area told Libyans that 30 Gaddafi supporters were stationed on the bridge and another group were stationed under the bridge off the highway and they were shooting random cars passing by, especially those with the independence flag.

A video posted by Ahmadov2010 on YouTube shows the bodies of at least four men killed and a video by Son of Abo Salim showed the body of another man killed.

The names of the civilians killed:

Ahmed Ali Aoun

Muhammad Mustafa Al-Ashtar

Muhammad Saad, Muhammad Mushtafa’s cousin

Hazem Abd Al-Salam Al-Marimi

The incident occured at approximately 11:00 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Adult male killed
Adult male killed
Adult male killed
Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 13
  • (4 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Ahmed Ali Aoun
  • Muhammad Saad
  • Tariq Ali Ashkandali .. .. Ibrahim Ali Ashkandali
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  • Muhammad Saad

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 13
  • (4 men)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Small arms and light weapons
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-145

Incident date

August 21, 2011

Location

باب العزيزية, Bab Al Aziziya Prison, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.872127, 13.173331 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

At least 25 prisoners were killed in Bab Al-Aziziyah prison on August 21, 2011 by Gaddafi forces according to Facebook posts from Al Mashashiya Youth and Shahd Omar.

According to Al Mashashiya youth’s post, Ezz Al-Din Muhammad Hassan Al-Mashay, who was killed, and his father were arrested and detained for more than 20 days the father was released but Ezz Al-Din Muhammad Hassan Al-Mashay was killed. A graphic video posted by Al Mashashiya youth shows countless bodies of victims.

The name of one of those killed:

Ezz Al-Din Muhammad Hassan Al-Mashay

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    25
  • (1 man25 other protected persons)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

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Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention a prison within the Bab Al Aziziya (باب العزيزية) complex in Tripoli (طرابلس‎). Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for the Bab Al Aziziya complex are: 32.872127, 13.173331.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Ground operation
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    25
  • (1 man25 other protected persons)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]