Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
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end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC191

Incident date

September 8, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: خلة الفرجان, Tripoli: Hadaba project, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.838333, 13.175278 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly killed by indiscriminate shelling near the Hadaba project in Tripoli.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy said: “A shell landed on the house of the Al Mishy family in the Al Hadaba project (Mashrou’ Al Hadaba), leading to the death of Abdulsalam Al Mishy.”

Local reports of fighting between the GNA and LNA point at one of the forces as the culprit.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Abdulsalam Al Mishy Adult male killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

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

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC190

Incident date

September 8, 2019

Location

عين زارة, Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.816556, 13.267525 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Three people were allegedly injured in a possible LNA strike on an ambulance in Ain Zara.

218TV reported: “The Center for Field Medicine and Support in Tripoli announced the injury of 3 people (2 paramedics and the driver), due to the targeting of an ambulance belonging to the center in the area of ​​Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli.

The field medical center said in a statement published on Sunday, that the targeting of the ambulance came during the team’s humanitarian duties, on Saturday, while the center published pictures showing the extent of the damage to the car.”

The Libya Observer tweeted: “Warlord Khalifa Haftar’s armed groups targeted an ambulance in Ain Zara, south #Tripoli, last night wounding the driver and two medical workers.”

Libya Alahrar TV also said three people were injured but did not apportion blame.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Pictures of the incident

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC189a

Incident date

September 6, 2019

Location

سوق الخميس امسيحل, Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.526766, 13.223462 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were allegedly killed in a GNA or Turkish airstrike on Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel.

Libya’s Channel reported: “Al-Karama [LNA] Media Center said that a Turkish drone, led by Turks, bombed an ambulance at 3:00 am, which led to the death of medic Hatem Al-Mezdawi and other paramedics.”

In Udtun Udna and Address Libya published similar reports.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy posted a picture of one of the alleged victims and said the incident took place near Al Saraya school.

218TV said that the GNA confirmed conducting strikes in the area without admitting to civilian harm.

Hona Sog Al-Khmies said it was a drone which targeted a army vehicles.

The incident occured at approximately 3:00 am local time.

  • Hatem Al-Mezdawi Adult male Medic killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Picture of the alleged victim

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

  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC189

Incident date

September 2, 2019

Location

تاجوراء‎: وادي الربيع, Tajoura: Wadi al Rabie, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.743819, 13.357047 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One civilian was allegedly killed by a GNA airstrike on Wadi al Rabie.

Khamis Mahmoud reported: “Martyrdom, God willing, of the director of the river company headquarters of Wadi al Rabie engineer Abdul Hamid Al-Furawi because of a missile.”

Libya Alahrar TV said that the GNA had confirmed strikes in the area but did not mention civilian harm: “For his part, a spokesman for the counter-terrorism force of the GNA, Abdul Basit Tika, said that their forces targeted two military headquarters of the Haftar militants in the axis Wadi al Rabie on Monday.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Abdul Hamid Al-Furawi Adult male Director of the river company headquarters of Wadi al Rabie killed

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (2) [ collapse]

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC188

Incident date

September 1, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: مطار معيتيقة, Tripoli: Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.895041, 13.2785 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Between one and seven civilians were allegedly injured because of LNA artillery shelling on Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli.

Alwasat quoted the spokesman for the ambulance and emergency service who said one civilian was injured.

218TV reported: “Mitiga airport wass shelled with more than five rocket-propelled grenades on Sunday, with conflicting reports of injuries among Libyan pilgrims returning from the Holy Land, while media sources confirmed damage to a Libyan Airlines Airbus.”

Al Motawaset said: “Al-Arabiya news channel revealed a number of Libyan pilgrims coming from Saudi Arabia were injured after shells landed on Mitiga airport in Tripoli.”

The Libya Observer wrote: “Airport sources said the pilgrims were leaving the plane around 2:00 a.m. when the rockets started falling a few meters away from their plane, causing panic among the pilgrims and wounding a number of them.”

Libya Alahrar TV said that “Haftar militants targeted Mitiga civilian airport with rocket-propelled grenades on Saturday night, wounding four civilians, including three pilgrims, one of whom was a woman whose plane had arrived at the airport from Saudi Arabia at the moment of the targeting.”

The Libya Herald reported: “The internationally-recognized Libyan government led by Faiez Serraj and the United Nations condemned Saturday’s attack on Mitiga airport which led to civilian casualties. The attack was attributed to the Khalifa Hafter forces attacking Tripoli.

There was some minor damage to infrastructure, parked cars and shrapnel damage to one aircraft. The Serraj Health Ministry reported four civilian injuries, including 3 pilgrim passengers (a woman and two men) and another civilian were taken to Mitiga and Central Tripoli hospitals, while another 30 pilgrims who had fainted and experienced high rates of blood pressure and diabetes as a result of the panic – were also admitted to hospitals.”

According to Reuters, “nearby Mitiga hospital received one small girl who had been wounded, a doctor there told Reuters.”

Afrigate News accused local media of fabricating news that the LNA was responsible and said the shelling was conducted by a local militia. Libya Akhbar and Al Motawaset also accused the Buqra militia.

UNSMIL sent a team to assess the situation and concluded: “Following another attack today, 01 September, on Mitiga airport UNSMIL dispatched an assessment mission to the airport. The mission was able to confirm that four projectiles struck the civilian parts of the airport; three projectiles landed in the parking lot and one hit the runway resulting in damage to an airplane that had carried dozens of pilgrims returning from the Hajj. At least two crew members were injured while rushing out of the plane.”

UNSMIL later quoted the UN special representative for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, saying that seven civilians were injured.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (11) [ collapse]

  • Pictures of the aftermath
  • More pictures from the incident
  • Video report from Libya Alahrar TV
  • Supposed surveillance footage from the airport
  • Picture of the shelling (via Libya Akhbar)
  • Another picture of the shelling (via Libya Akhbar)
  • UNSMIL examining the airport (via Address Libya)
  • UNSMIL examining the airport (via Address Libya)
  • A car supposedly damaged by a shell (via Address Libya)
  • UNSMIL examining the airport (via Address Libya)
  • UNSMIL examining the airport (via Address Libya)

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–7
  • Airwars grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (25) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC187a

Incident date

August 31, 2019

Location

مرزق, Murzuq, Libya

Geolocation

25.919023, 13.923895 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

City

Airwars assessment

Between six and eight civilians were allegedly killed in an LNA airstrike on Murzuq.

The Libya Observer reported: “The member of Murzuq municipality Mohammed Omar said a warplane for Khalifa Haftar’s forces struck Saturday afternoon Murzuq in southern Libya twice.

Omar told the German news agency that between six and eight people had been killed in airstrikes on eastern part of the town – Anti-Desertification Project – near the meteorology building where many houses are located.”

There is currently no more information available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • Airwars grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC187

Incident date

August 27, 2019

Location

العزيزية‎, Aziziya, Jafara, Libya

Geolocation

32.531577, 13.020688 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly killed in an LNA airstrike on Aziziya.

Libya Alahrar TV wrote that one person was injured in the attack.

The Libya Observer said: “Breaking News: A drone belonging to warlord Khalifa Haftar destroys an ambulance for the field hospital in Aziziya region, south Tripoli, killing its driver.”

Hona Souq Al-Khmies reported one dead and one injured.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy only mentioned damage to the ambulance.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Picture of the ambulance allegedly destroyed in the attack
  • Picture of an alleged victim

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    0–1
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerent
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC186

Incident date

August 27, 2019

Location

الاصابعة, Asabi'ah, Jabal al Gharbi, Libya

Geolocation

32.516483, 13.167439 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. marker Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between four and six civilians allegedly died as a result of a Turkish or GNA airstrike on Gheryan.

Afrigate reported: “Turkish air strikes brought by the Wefaq government bombed Al Asabi’a  on Tuesday, the Karama [LNA] Operations Room said.

The chamber added that the bombing resulted in the martyrdom of four civil servants who were present in their work in the warehouses of the goods.”

Most other sources also referred to the LNA statement, saying that fou civilians died.

Libya Alahrar TV said the strike was carried out by a GNA plane and did not mention civilian harm.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy wrote that the strike resulted in six deaths but did not say if they were civilians. It added that artillery was used in addition to the airstrike.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]

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

  • Civilians reported killed
    4 – 6
  • Airwars grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected belligerents
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces

Sources (7) [ collapse]