Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Confirmed
Fair
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC406

Incident date

May 20, 2020

Location

الاصابعة, Asabi'ah, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Between six and eight civilians, including one child, were allegedly killed by a Turkish drone strike on Asabi’ah.

Libya Witness tweeted: “6 civilians, including a child, were killed in a Turkish raid in the city of Asabi’ah, western Libya.”

A pro-LNA Twitter account said seven civilians and a child were killed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    6 – 8
  • (1 child)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Turkish Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (5) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC405

Incident date

May 20, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: الدريبي, Tripoli: Edraiby, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.847667, 13.125207 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 seven more injured by LNA shelling on the Edraiby neighbourhood of Tripoli.

Al Wasat reported: “A spokesman for the Ministry of Health of the National Accord Government confirmed that two Libyan citizens were injured, in addition to five Africans, as a result of the bombing that targeted the Edraiby area in Tripoli today, Wednesday.”

The Libya Observer provided the same casuatly toll.

February TV said one was killed and seven injured.

 

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Smoke rising after alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on May 20th, 2020 (via Libya Observer)

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
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Incident Code

LC403

Incident date

May 19, 2020

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir: Bi'r Altota, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.674722, 13.241944 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Four civilians were allegedly injured by GNA artillery shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir.

Alsaaa24 said: “Eyewitnesses reported that the heavy artillery shelling did not stop since the morning hours on the Bi’r Altota area and the Sharif Hotel in Qasr Bin Gashir by Syrian mercenaries and armed militias loyal to the ‘Government of Reconciliation’.

They added that the shelling had caused great casualties among civilians, after it affected residential neighborhoods and citizens’ farms, in a systematic destruction of their livelihoods.”

Tripoli 219 reported “two children, a father and a mother” injured.

Tk Yahroug Kl shy, however, said “a shell has landed on the house of Abd al-Salam al-Warfalli” but there were no casualties.

The incident occured in the morning.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

  • Building allegedly damaged by GNA shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on May 19th, 2020 (via Tripoli 219)
  • Building allegedly damaged by GNA shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on May 19th, 2020 (via Tripoli 219)
  • Building allegedly damaged by GNA shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on May 19th, 2020 (via Tripoli 219)

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

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC402

Incident date

May 18, 2020

Location

القره بوللي, Castelverde, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.743851, 13.714657 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Up to four civilians were reported killed and others injured when mortars fell on Al Sab’a Buildings in Castelverde, Libya on May 18th, 2020.

The Libya Observer tweeted “Three people were killed and others wounded in a rocket attack on the town of Castelverde, east of Tripoli, on Monday.”

218 News said that in a statement, the Castelverde Municipal Council “condemned the bombing that killed four people as a result of shells that fell on the populated neighborhood of Al Sab’a and other areas in Castelverde, and caused damage to lives and property.”

No further information is available at the moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Image showing the damage caused by shells that fell in Al Saba'a buildings area in Tripoli on May 18th, 2020 (via 218 News).
  • Image showing the damage caused by shells that fell in Al Saba'a buildings area in Tripoli on May 18th, 2020 (via 218 News).
  • Image showing the damage caused by shells that fell in Al Saba'a buildings area in Tripoli on May 18th, 2020 (via 218 News).
  • Image showing the damage caused by shells that fell in Al Saba'a buildings area in Tripoli on May 18th, 2020 (via 218 News).
  • Image showing the damage caused by shells that fell in Al Saba'a buildings area in Tripoli on May 18th, 2020 (via 218 News).
  • Image showing the damage caused by shells that fell in Al Saba'a buildings area in Tripoli on May 18th, 2020 (via 218 News).
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    Blood on the floor of a civilian building in Al Saba'a buildings neighborhood as 4 civilians were killed by shells that fell there on May 18th, 2020 (via @Lyobserver).

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 4
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (4) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC401

Incident date

May 16, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: الفرناج, Tripoli: Al Fornaj, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.850793, 13.239605 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Six civilians, including a child, were killed and 17 civilians were injured in alleged Libyan National Army (LNA) artillery strikes on Al Fornaj neighbourhood in Tripoli on May 16th, 2020. According to local sources, the strikes targeted housing units for displaced people at a university campus.

The Libya Observer reported that “five people were killed and six others were wounded in a rocket attack launched by the militia groups of Haftar on a residential compound for IDPs [Internally Displaced People] in Fornaj district of Tripoli on Saturday [May 16th], medical sources confirm.”

The Field Medicine and Support Center reported the names of five killed civilians and added there had been a sixth killed victim who remained unidentified. One of the victims was 5-year-old Bangladeshi boy Wahi Zuhair Matin. Burkan Al Ghadab Operation added that the the child’s “ambition was to buy a bike and ‘play like the kids’.” His family members Zuhair Matin (52) and Maria Zuhair Matin (5) were injured in the strikes.

The FMSC identified 17 civilians who were injured to varying degrees, including a woman. A spokesman for the FMSC told Libya Al Ahrar that a paramedic and an ambulance driver had been injured while helping the displaced people evacuate from the university campus building.

Burkan Al Ghadab Operation reported that “the martyr of duty Muhammad Ayyad Diyaf is one of the seven victims as a result of the bombing of the Haftar militia yesterday to accommodate the displaced persons in the university campus.” It is unclear what duties Diyaf was performing when he was killed.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    5 – 7
  • (1 child4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (21) [ collapse]

  • Smoke after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Tk Yahrouq Kl shy).
  • Aftermath of alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Tk Yahrouq Kl shy).
  • Smoke after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Tk Yahrouq Kl shy).
  • Ambulance at the site after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Smoke leaving the building after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Child receiving medical help in the hospital after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Injured person receiving medical help in the hospital after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Fire in the building after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Man receiving medical help in the hospital after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Injured person receiving medical help in the hospital after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Aftermath of alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Fire in the building after alleged LNA artillery strikes on a campus dorm housing displaced people in Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Libya Al Ahrar).
  • Funeral of Muhammad Ayyad Diyaf, a "martyr of duty", who died in alleged LNA strikes on Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • The casket of Muhammad Ayyad Diyaf, a "martyr of duty", who died in alleged LNA strikes on Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • Funeral of Muhammad Ayyad Diyaf, a "martyr of duty", who died in alleged LNA strikes on Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • Funeral of Muhammad Ayyad Diyaf, a "martyr of duty", who died in alleged LNA strikes on Al Fornaj neighbourhood on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • Reportedly a drawing that Wahi Matin made when his family was forced to flee their homes. The 5-year-old boy was killed in alleged LNA artillery strikes on Al Fornaj on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • Photo including Wahi Matin. The 5-year-old boy was killed in alleged LNA artillery strikes on Al Fornaj on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • Photo including Wahi Matin. The 5-year-old boy was killed in alleged LNA artillery strikes on Al Fornaj on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • Wahi Matin (5) was killed in alleged LNA artillery strikes on Al Fornaj on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).
  • The 5-year-old Bangladeshi boy Wahi Matin was killed in alleged LNA artillery strikes on Al Fornaj on May 16th, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab Operation).

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
    5 – 7
  • (1 child4 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    17
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC396

Incident date

May 14, 2020

Location

قصر بن غشير: سوق زاد الخير, Qasr Bin Gashir: Zad Al Khair market, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.816314, 13.300404 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 GNA or Turkish shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir.

Khamis Mahmoud Al Sheikhi said: “The capital, a random shell fired by the Erdogan militia fell near the Zad Al-Khair market in Qasr Bin Gashir, killing Fathi Al-Ghoula, may God have mercy on him.”

Tk Yahroug Kl shy wrote: “He moved to the mercy of God the Almighty, Fathi Al-Ghoula, Thursday afternoon, as a result of being hit by shrapnel caused by the fall of a random shell in the Qasr Bin Gashir area, south of the capital, Tripoli.”

The incident occured in the afternoon.

  • Fathi Al-Ghoula Age unknown male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ 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

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Turkish Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC395

Incident date

May 14, 2020

Location

الشويرف, Ash Shwayrif, Jabal al Gharbi, Libya

Geolocation

29.979613, 14.260209 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were reported killed in alleged Turkish drone attack on their car in Ash Shwayrif in Jabal al Gharbi in Libya on May 14th, according to local sources. The two men belong to the Mashashiya tribe.

Libya 24 said that “Activists on social media reported that two young men from the Mashashiya tribe from Al Kabbashi family were killed Thursday night, after a Turkish plane bombed their car near the town of Ash Shwayrif.”

The two victims were identified as Abdulaziz Ali Abu Al-Qasim Al Kabbashi Al-Mashay, and Al Mabrouk Hassan Al Kabbashi Al-Mashay.

Gharyan Al Hadath posted on Facebook that “two young men from the Mashashiya tribe of Al Kabbashi family – Muzdah moved to the mercy of God, after their car was bombed by Turkish drone on the outskirts of the city of Ash Shwayrif.”

The post continues “for information, the two men are civilians with no affiliation to armed forces.”

The incident occured around midnight.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Turkish Armed Forces, Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Turkish Armed Forces Assessment:

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

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

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attackers
    Turkish Armed Forces, Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC394

Incident date

May 13, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: طريق السور, Tripoli: Al Sour road, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.881313, 13.219781 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Street level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Street

Airwars assessment

A number of civilians were reported injured in alleged LNA shelling on Az Zawiya street in Tripoli in the midnight on May 14th, 2020 according to local sources.

The Libya Observer said: “Militia groups of warlord Khalifa Haftar showered Tripoli Central Hospital and the surrounding residential areas with rockets early on Thursday leaving 14 people wounded.”

Other sources also reported 14 victims from the incidents at Az Zawiya street and Al Sour road. Airwars cannot cleary attribute the victim names at present so the casualty toll is split up between the LC393 and LC394.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Muhammad Ahmad Salem 19 years old male injured
  • Salem Muhammad 20 years old male injured
  • Aseel Abdul Razzaq 24 years old male injured
  • Tasneem Abdullah Al-Karat 27 years old female injured
  • Ahmed Mustafa Aduila 18 years old male injured
  • Muhammad Mustafa Aduila 19 years old male injured
  • Ahmed Salem 38 years old male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Images in the aftermath of alleged LNA shelling on Al Sour road in Tripoli on May 14th, 2020 (via urkan Al Ghadab operation).
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged LNA shelling on Al Sour road in Tripoli on May 14th, 2020 (via urkan Al Ghadab operation).
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged LNA shelling on Al Sour road in Tripoli on May 14th, 2020 (via urkan Al Ghadab operation).
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged LNA shelling on Al Sour road in Tripoli on May 14th, 2020 (via urkan Al Ghadab operation).
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged LNA shelling on Al Sour road in Tripoli on May 14th, 2020 (via urkan Al Ghadab operation).
  • Images in the aftermath of alleged LNA shelling on Al Sour road in Tripoli on May 14th, 2020 (via urkan Al Ghadab operation).
  • Aftermath of alleged LNA's shelling on residential areas in Tripoli on May 14th, 2020 (via @Lyobserver)

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    7
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (7) [ collapse]