Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
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Civilian Harm Status
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Infrastructure

Incident date

July 16, 2019

Incident Code

LC165

LOCATION

السواني, Al-Swani, Tarabulus, Libya

Up to three medics were reportedly killed in an LNA airstrike on a field hospital in Al-Swani. Burkanly only said the hospital had been targeted without mentioning civilian harm. OCHA Libya said three medical staff had been injured and equipment damaged. Hona Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel reported that three combatants had been killed while several doctors

Summary

First published
July 16, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
0 – 3
Civilians reported injured
3–4
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
Suspected target
GNA
Belligerents reported killed
3
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Incident date

July 2, 2015

Incident Code

LC018c

LOCATION

النوفلية, Nofaliya, Surt, Libya

Three civilians from one family were reported killed in Nofaliya, Sirte in an LNA or NATO nation airstrike. Jalferjani posted on Twitter that “The Al Diab family house was shelled by a NATO aircraft and two children and their parent were killed in the city of Sirte.” Presslibya said that the LNA had bombed in

Summary

First published
July 2, 2015
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(2 children)
Airwars civilian harm grading
Contested
Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
Suspected belligerents
Unknown, Libyan National Army
Named victims
2 named
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Incident date

January 2, 2017

Incident Code

LC056

LOCATION

قنفودة, Ganfouda, Benghazi, Libya

Alnabaa reported that an unmanned drone targeted a residential area in Ganfouda with four raids and killed three civilians and injured several people including children. Tayseer Mohammad Tarban Abu Abdullah said that a civilian house was hit, while the same source claimed that the strike was conducted by the UAE. Saraya Media Center reported on

Summary

First published
January 2, 2017
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
Civilians reported injured
2–3
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
United Arab Emirates Military
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Incident date

April 27, 2019

Incident Code

LC128

LOCATION

الطويشة, Altwaisha, Tarabulus, Libya

Between one and three civilians were reported killed by a GNA airstrike on Qasr Bin Gashir. Mahmoud Al-Dakhli wrote: “The last victim of the indiscriminate shelling is the house of my mother Shaaban Gmeid al-Jalidy, which resulted in the death of the child Rabia Muftah Shaaban Gmeid al-Jalidy and her sister, Janan, and the rest

Summary

First published
April 27, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
1 – 3
(1–3 children)
Civilians reported injured
2–5
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Government of National Accord
Named victims
2 named, 1 familiy identified
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Incident date

June 26, 2019

Incident Code

LC156

LOCATION

وادي الربيع, Wadi al Rabie, Tarabulus, Libya

Three civilians were allegedly killed by indiscriminate shelling on the Wadi al Rabie neighbourhood of Tajoura. LCNA reported: “A random shell landed Tuesday night on the house of Mohammed Salim al-Mazouji in the Wadi Al Rabie area, killing two of his sons, in addition to his granddaughter while they were inside the house.” Other sources

Summary

First published
June 26, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
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 belligerents
Government of National Accord, Libyan National Army
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Incident date

April 30, 2011

Incident Code

Lib2011-081

LOCATION

الساحة الخضراء, Green Square, Tarabulus, Libya

Several members of the Gaddafi family were reported to have been killed by a NATO airstrike on Tripoli. While Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi, was reportedly a member of the military, his children clearly had non-combatant status due to their young age. CNN reported: “The Libyan government said Sunday that Gadhafi’s son, Saif

Summary

First published
April 30, 2011
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Likely strike
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(3 children)
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Known belligerent
NATO forces
Suspected target
Gaddafi forces
Named victims
3 named, 1 familiy identified
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Incident date

May 15, 2018

Incident Code

LC080

LOCATION

الكفرة, Kufra, Al Kufrah, Libya

Three Eritrean citizens were reportedly killed in an airstrike in Kufra city and eight more Eritrean asylum seekers wounded in an airstrike in Kufra city near Abdulmalik mountain close to the Egyptian border, according to Vincent Cochetel, Special Envoy of the UNHCR for the Central Mediterranean situation. Jamal Adel said on Twitter the strike was

Summary

First published
May 15, 2018
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
Civilians reported injured
8
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Egyptian Military
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Incident date

April 22, 2011

Incident Code

Lib2011-073

LOCATION

باب العزيزية, Bab Al Azizia, Tarabulus, Libya

Three civilians were reported killed in a NATO airstrike near Tripoli. Breaking News posted on Twitter: “Libya update: 3 die when NATO airstrike hits parking lot at Gadhafi compound in Tripoli – Govt. spokesman via Reuters.” Other sources published similar news, referring back to the government spokesperson. The Huffington post reported that the area was

Summary

First published
April 22, 2011
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Likely strike
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Weak
Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
Known belligerent
NATO forces
Suspected target
Gaddafi forces
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Incident date

July 30, 2011

Incident Code

Lib2011-131

LOCATION

طرابلس‎, Tripoli, Tarabulus, Libya

Three journalists were reportedly killed in a NATO airstrike on Tripoli. SBS News tweeted: “Three journalists have reportedly been killed in a NATO air strike while on state television in Libya.” Uruknet wrote: “Libya says three journalists have been killed in a NATO air strike on state television, and that the murder of the rebels’

Summary

First published
July 30, 2011
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Declared strike
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Known belligerent
NATO forces
Known target
Gaddafi forces
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Incident date

December 26, 2015

Incident Code

LC022

LOCATION

اجدابيا, Ajdabiya, Al Wahat, Libya

LNA strikes reportedly targeted alleged terrorists in the industrial area of Ajdabiya. Sources reported that a Sudanese cafe and/or car repair shop was struck during the raids – along with a policeman travelling nearby in his car. Up to three civilians reportedly died with as many as 19 more wounded. According to Libya 24, “military

Summary

First published
December 26, 2015
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
1 – 3
Civilians reported injured
17–19
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
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Incident date

March 6, 2011

Incident Code

Lib2011-030

LOCATION

راس لانوف‎ , Ras Lanuf, Surt, Libya

Three people were reported dead in a Gaddafi regime airstrike on Ras Lanuf. The source was not clear on whether they were civilians or combatants. Al Jazeera posted on Twitter: “Three dead in an air strike on Ras Lanuf” The Hundi, however, reported no casualties from the strike: “Forces loyal to Muammar Qadhafi have launched

Summary

First published
March 6, 2011
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Likely strike
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Weak
Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
Suspected target
Libyan rebel forces
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Incident date

June 22, 2011

Incident Code

Lib2011-116

LOCATION

الدفنية, Dafiniyah, Misrata, Libya

Up to four civilians were reported killed by Gaddafi regime forces artillery shelling on Misurata. Al Jazeera reported: “On the Misurata front, Reuters reported that three people were killed and 12 wounded in an artillery bombardment by Gaddafi forces on the Dafiniyah area. More rockets fell on Wednesday in a suburb close to the port,

Summary

First published
June 22, 2011
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Likely strike
Strike type
Airstrike and/or Artillery
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3 – 4
Civilians reported injured
4–12
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Contested
Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
Suspected belligerent
Gaddafi Forces
Suspected target
Unknown
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Incident date

March 6, 2018

Incident Code

LC079

LOCATION

سبها‎, Sabha, Libya

Three civilians were killed and at least 10 more wounded by shrapnel resulting from LNA fighting a Tebu militia in Sebha, according to local reports. Fezzan Libya, citing the Sebha Medical Centre, reported that 3 people were killed – including one child – and 12 were injured – including 3 children – as a result of

Summary

First published
March 6, 2018
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
Civilians reported injured
10–12
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
Named victims
1 named
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Incident date

May 29, 2019

Incident Code

LC147

LOCATION

غريان, Gheryan, Al Jabal al Gharbi, Libya

Civilians were reportedly killed in Gheryan by a GNA airstrike, according to a single source. Al Ain News tweeted: “The Libyan Army: Civilian casualties in the bombing of the militias of Misurata on Gharyan and Harouna.” Other sources only reported GNA airstrikes but no civilian harm.

Summary

First published
May 29, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
2 – 3
Airwars civilian harm grading
Weak
Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
Suspected belligerent
Government of National Accord
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Incident date

May 23, 2015

Incident Code

LC017b

LOCATION

زعفران, Zaafran, Surt, Libya

A father and one or two of his daughters were reported killed as a result of an alleged GNC/Libya Dawn airstrike on Sirte. Most sources claim that a father with his two daughters were killed in an airstrike on their family home. However, some sources reported that only one of his daughters died and they were in

Summary

First published
May 23, 2015
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
2 – 3
(1–2 children1 man)
Civilians reported injured
0–1
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
General National Congress (GNC)
Named victims
3 named, 1 familiy identified
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Incident date

May 12, 2019

Incident Code

LC138

LOCATION

ناصر, Naser, Al Zawiyah, Libya

Up to three civilians were allegedly killed in an airstrike on Naser. Different sources accused the LNA, UAE or Egypt. Ibrahim Kasuda said: “The UAE assault plane targets a citizen’s car in the village of Naser in the south of Zawiya, killing all in the car and the supporters of Haftar describe it as an

Summary

First published
May 12, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(2 men)
Civilians reported injured
2
Airwars civilian harm grading
Contested
Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
Suspected belligerents
Libyan National Army, Unknown, Egyptian Military
Named victims
2 named
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Incident date

July 22, 2019

Incident Code

LC170

LOCATION

سوق الجمعة , Souq Al Jumaa, Tarabulus, Libya

Up to three children were allegedly killed because of indiscriminate shelling on the Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood of Tripoli. The Libya Observer initially reported no civilian harm: “At least three mortar shells landed on civilian houses near the international airport of Tripoli, without reports of human casualties so far.” Hona Souq Al-Khmies Emsihel said three

Summary

First published
July 22, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Likely strike
Strike type
Artillery
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(3 children)
Civilians reported injured
3
Airwars civilian harm grading
Contested
Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
Suspected belligerents
Government of National Accord, Libyan National Army
Named victims
5 named, 2 families identified
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Incident date

August 28, 2018

Incident Code

LC084a

LOCATION

وادي الربيع, Wadi al Rabie, Tarabulus, Libya

Three civilians, a woman and her two sons, were killed as the result of artillery shelling on Wadi al Rabie in Tajoura, according to Human Rights Watch. The NGO reported: “On August 28, a mortar shell landed on a house in Wadi Al-Rabie, killing a woman and her two sons, aged 6 and 10, according

Summary

First published
August 28, 2018
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(2 children1 woman)
Airwars civilian harm grading
Contested
Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
Suspected belligerents
Government of National Accord, 7th Brigade
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Incident date

May 13, 2019

Incident Code

LC139

LOCATION

الزاوية‎, Zawiya, Al Zawiyah, Libya

Civilians were reported killed and injured in an LNA airstrike on Zawiya. Riyadh Burshan said that there were “reports of civilian casualties and injuries” because of “Aerial bombardment of the town of Zawiya” but did not specify how many. Other sources only reported LNA bombarment and showed pictures of damaged buildings and cars. Most of

Summary

First published
May 13, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
2 – 3
Civilians reported injured
2–3
Airwars civilian harm grading
Weak
Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
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Incident date

April 23, 2016

Incident Code

LC029

LOCATION

القصارات, Al Kassarat, Darnah, Libya

Three civilians including one woman died and up to seven more people were wounded in strikes on Derna, according to local media. The source Alnabaa reported “12 raids”, while some other sources reported that barrel bombs were dropped. LNA posted a video of its forces dropping a bomb on a ‘terrorist ammunition store’ in the sports

Summary

First published
April 23, 2016
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
Civilians reported injured
2–7
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
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Incident date

July 9, 2019

Incident Code

LC162

LOCATION

وادي تغسات, Wadi Tgessat, Al Jabal al Gharbi, Libya

Five civilians were reportedly injured because of LNA bombing in Gheryan. Almanara and February TV both reported: “Five civilians lightly injured in the bombing of Haftar militia planes on the Police institute.” Hona Sog Al-Khmies Emsihel only reported LNA bombing but did not mention civilian harm. Tarhuna 24 said there were a “number of dead”

Summary

First published
July 9, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
0 – 3
Civilians reported injured
5
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
Belligerents reported killed
0–3
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Incident date

September 6, 2019

Incident Code

LC189a

LOCATION

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

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

Summary

First published
September 6, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Declared strike
Strike type
Airstrike, Drone Strike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(1 man)
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerents
Government of National Accord, Turkish Military
Named victims
1 named
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Incident date

June 16, 2018

Incident Code

LC083

LOCATION

عيادة رأس لانوف, Ras Lanuf: Clinic, Surt, Libya

Several civilians were reported dead and injured as a result of an LNA airstrike on the residential house of the Kalki family in Ras Lanuf. According to Alnabaa, two children were killed and their mother, father and brother injured. Kaiser Megrahi reported two women dead and posted images of the airstrike. Libya Observer reported three

Summary

First published
June 16, 2018
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
1 – 3
Civilians reported injured
1–3
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
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Incident date

April 12, 2011

Incident Code

Lib2011-068

LOCATION

مصراتة, Misurata, Misrata, Libya

Three civilians were reported killed and one injured as a result of Gaddafi forces shelling on Misurata. An ITN report showed people mourning the loss of “two brothers” due to indiscriminate shelling. Later, two injured children are shown in the film, of which one was said to have died at the hospital. There are currently

Summary

First published
April 12, 2011
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(1 child)
Civilians reported injured
1
Airwars civilian harm grading
Weak
Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
Suspected targets
Libyan rebel forces, Other
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Incident date

July 27, 2019

Incident Code

LC173

LOCATION

الهضبة البدري, Al Hadaba Al Badri, Tarabulus, Libya

Between two and three civilians were reported killed resulting from indiscriminate artillery shelling on the Al Hadba Al Badri neighbourhood of Tripoli. The Libya Observer reported: “The National Safety Authority says two people died as a result of a shell falling on their home in Al Hadaba Al Badri area south of Tripoli.” Libya Al

Summary

First published
July 27, 2019
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike type
Artillery
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
2 – 3
(2 children1 man)
Airwars civilian harm grading
Contested
Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
Suspected belligerents
Government of National Accord, Libyan National Army
Named victims
2 named
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Incident date

September 20, 2018

Incident Code

LC092

LOCATION

وادي الربيع, Wadi al Rabie, Tarabulus, Libya

Three civilians were reported killed in Tajoura because of indiscriminate artillery shelling. Wagak Original said on Twitter that three initially unidentified bodies were found in the Al Khala area and sent to the Tripoli Medical Hospital. They were then “identified as Khairi Bizik and his brother Karim Bizik and Hamza Goma.” The source added that

Summary

First published
September 20, 2018
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
3
(3 men)
Airwars civilian harm grading
Contested
Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
Suspected belligerents
Government of National Accord, 7th Brigade
Named victims
3 named, 1 familiy identified
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Incident date

July 23, 2015

Incident Code

LC019

LOCATION

بنغازي‎: مستشفى الجمهورية, Republic Hospital, Benghazi, Libya

According to Russia Today, “medical sources in the city of Benghazi said that two people died and ten were wounded on Thursday (July 23rd) in clashes in the city centre between army forces and Islamist militants.” Ewan Libya reported that one civilian was killed after a shell fell on the Ben Younis area. Local sources

Summary

First published
July 23, 2015
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
1 – 2
Civilians reported injured
10
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
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Incident date

June 2, 2011

Incident Code

Lib2011-102

LOCATION

العزيزية‎ , Aziziya, Al Jafarah, Libya

Two police officers were reportedly killed in a NATO airstrike on Aziziya. Nima Elbagir said on Twitter: “Libya gov tell CNN latest Nato strike hit police station in Aziziya – west of Tripoli – killing 2 police officers. No comment yet from Nato” Free Libya Page only reported airstrikes around Tripoli but no civilian harm.

Summary

First published
June 2, 2011
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Strike status
Single source claim
Strike type
Airstrike
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
2
Cause of injury / death
Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
Airwars civilian harm grading
Weak
Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
Suspected belligerent
NATO forces
Suspected target
Other
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Incident date

March 18, 2016

Incident Code

LC028

LOCATION

شواطئ بنغازي, Benghazi Shoreline, Benghazi, Libya

The LNA targeted a marine trailer reportedly carrying 10 tanks, 3 containers of ammunition and a number of vehicles off the shores of Benghazi at around 03:00 according to its Facebook page. In an apparent maritime version of a double tap strike, the LNA further reported that other boats then tried to save the people

Summary

First published
March 18, 2016
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
0 – 2
Airwars civilian harm grading
Fair
Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
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Incident date

March 12, 2017

Incident Code

LC064

LOCATION

راس لانوف, Ras Lanuf: Oil Port, Surt, Libya

An LNA airstrike allegedly killed two security guards at the oil port near Ras Lanuf. The airstrike was reportedly conducted in the evening. Libya Alkhabar reported: “Commander of the Petroleum Facilities Guard, Brigadier General Idris Bukhmadah, said in a statement from the city of Ras Lanuf that the Guard of Petroleum Facilities follows the National

Summary

First published
March 12, 2017
Last updated
January 18, 2022
Civilian harm reported
Yes
Civilians reported killed
2
Airwars civilian harm grading
Weak
Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
Suspected belligerent
Libyan National Army
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