Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC270

Incident date

January 2, 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

Local sources reported that a woman died as a result of alleged Haftar forces’ indiscriminate shelling on Al Fournaj area in Tripoli, Libya, on January 2nd, 2020.

The woman who was killed after a random mortar hit her house is believed to belong to Al Aswad Family, but no other details are available at this moment.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Female from Al Aswad family Age unknown female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • 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
    LNA

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • Remnants from the shelling in Al Fournaj in Tripoli, January 2nd, 2020 causing the death of a woman (via Libya Al Ahrar)
  • Images of the house hit by alleged Haftar forces random shelling in Al Fournaj in Tripoli, January 2nd, 2020 causing the death of a woman (via Libya Al Ahrar)
  • Images of the house hit by alleged Haftar forces random shelling in Al Fournaj in Tripoli, January 2nd, 2020 causing the death of a woman (via Libya Al Ahrar)
  • Images of the house hit by alleged Haftar forces random shelling in Al Fournaj in Tripoli, January 2nd, 2020 causing the death of a woman (via Libya Al Ahrar)

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
  • (1 woman)
  • 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
    LNA

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC300

Incident date

February 21, 2020

Location

السواني, Al-Swani, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.712224, 13.07224 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Three civilians from one family were allegedly injured by LNA shelling on Al-Swani.

The Field Medicine and Support Centre reported: “As part of its humanitarian mission, the emergency and ambulance team at Suwani Field Hospital affiliated to the Center for Field Medicine and Support Friday night, corresponding to 2/21/2020, assisted citizens after targeting with a random shell in the Asfah area in Al-Swani, which resulted in the injury of a woman and both of the following:

Riyad Adel Al-Safah, 15 years old

Asem Shaaban Al-Safah, 20 years

It also caused several material damage, and the cases were transferred to Al-Ghout Al-Shaal clinic to complete their treatment.”

Libya Alahrar TV, the Libya Observer and the Burkan Al Ghadab operation also reported three injured and claimed the LNA was responsible.

The incident occured during the night.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • 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)

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

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    Victim allegedly injured by LNA shelling on Al-Swani on February 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
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    Victim allegedly injured by LNA shelling on Al-Swani on February 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Building allegedly damaged by LNA shelling on Al-Swani on February 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Building allegedly damaged by LNA shelling on Al-Swani on February 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)

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
    3
  • 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)

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC332

Incident date

April 1, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: مسجد الصفاء, Tripoli: Al Safa Mosque, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.828524, 13.163140 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were allegedly killed and one more injured by LNA shelling on Tripoli.

The Field Medicine and Support Center reported that it assisted three people of which two died after “they were targeted by indiscriminate shells in the airport road area behind Repsol Company.”

Tk Yahroug Kl shy said: “Two people were killed and another person was wounded when a shell landed near the Al-Safa Mosque in the project area.”

The Libya Observer wrote: “Two people were killed and another person was injured when Haftar’s militias showered neighborhoods in the Airport Road, south of Tripoli with rockets on Wednesday night, the Field Medicine and Support Center has confirmed.”

The incident occured during the night.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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)

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (3) [ collapse]

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    Body of a victim of LNA shelling on Tripoli on April 1st, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Body of a victim of LNA shelling on Tripoli on April 1st, 2020 (via FMSC)
  • Body of a victim of LNA shelling on Tripoli on April 1st, 2020 (via FMSC)

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
    2
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • 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)

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC362

Incident date

April 22, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: سوق الجمعة , Tripoli: Souq Al Jumaa, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.881854, 13.256303 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

An unknown number of civilians was reportedly killed and 11 civilians were injured in alleged LNA artillery attacks on several areas in Souq Al Jumaa in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020, according to local sources.

Souq Al Khamis initially reported that the shelling wounded two civilians, one critically. Later, it reported civilian fatalities but did not specify how many civilians were killed, adding that residential neighbourhoods were targeted.

The Field Medicine and Support Center reported the names of seven injured civilians, including a 3-year-old child, who were reportedly wounded in the area of Arada in Souq Al Jumaa.

The FMSC also reported that Habib Saeed Al-Qailushi (55 ) and Murad Ahmed Barion (30) had been injured, but did not provide further details. Qnat Qmattly Alfys Albwk wrote on Facebook that Al Qailushi had been injured in random shelling of his car in the Souq Al Jumaa area, seriously injuring him in the stomach area and leading to the amputation of his hand. The source added that Al Qailushi was travelling with his son-in-law, who lost an eye. The name of the son-in-law was not reported, but it’s possible that this is Murad Ahmed Barion.

Libya Al Ahrar wrote that “a number of civilians were injured as a result of several rockets fired by the Haftar militias intensively in different districts of Tripoli today, Wednesday [April 22nd].” Al Amin Al Hashimi, media advisor to the Ministry of Health, stated that “four civilians, including a child and an African worker, were injured as a result of Haftar militia’s shells that landed on Shurfat Al Malaha.”

Libya Al Ahrar added that several houses in the area had been damaged in the shelling. February TV Breaking News mentioned the use of grad rockets.

Nearly all sources blamed the LNA for the shelling.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Family members (2)

  • Habib Al-Qailushi 55 years old male amputation of his hand and a serious injury to the stomach injured
  • Murad Ahmed Barion 30 years old male lost an eye, possibly son-in-law of Habib Al-Qailushi injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    11
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (15) [ collapse]

  • Damaged building after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Souq Al Khamis).
  • Destruction after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Souq Al Khamis).
  • Destroyed roof after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Souq Al Khamis).
  • Damaged building after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Souq Al Khamis).
  • Rubble after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Souq Al Khamis).
  • Rubble in a damaged building after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Souq Al Khamis).
  • Inside a damaged residential home after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Souq Al Khamis).
  • Aftermath of alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Libya Al Ahrar).
  • Damaged building after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Libya Al Ahrar).
  • Rubble after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Souq Al Jumaa neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via Libya Al Ahrar).
  • Woman holding a child who is receiving medical help after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Arada neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Wounded civilian receiving medical help after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Arada neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Civilians were injured in alleged LNA rocket attacks on Arada neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via FMSC).
  • Wounded man in the hospital after alleged LNA rocket attacks on Arada neighbourhood in Tripoli on April 22nd, 2020 (via FMSC).

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
    2
  • Civilians reported injured
    11
  • 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 (11) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC389

Incident date

May 11, 2020

Location

بوقرين, Abugrein, Misurata, Libya

Geolocation

31.445278, 15.25443 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Village level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Village

Airwars assessment

An unknown number of civilians died in alleged airstrikes by a UAE aircraft on two civilian cars near Abugrein on May 11th, 2020, according to Libya Al Ahrar.

Libya Al Ahrar reported that, according to the Brigadier General of Sirte Al Jafra Operations Abdul Hadi Dara, “civilians were martyred as a result of the targeting by Emirati aircraft of two civilian cars in Abugrein.”

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy wrote on Facebook that “a drone bombed Al Heisha Al Jadida (Abugrein)”, but did not report the belligerent or civilian harm.

Currently, further information is unavailable to Airwars.

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
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]

United Arab Emirates Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
  • United Arab Emirates 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
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    United Arab Emirates Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LQ062

Incident date

December 3, 2017

Location

بنغازي‎, Sidi Kharibesh, Benghazi, Libya

Geolocation

32.125, 20.063889 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

LNA MiGs reportedly conducted heavy airstrikes in Sidi Akhribesh and the Afet neighbourhood near the hotel, which were described by one source as “the last strongholds of the terrorists.”

There were no public reports of civilian harm at the time.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
  • 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)

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from 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

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
  • 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)

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LQ007

Incident date

April 1, 2015

Location

الزنتان, Zintan, Airport, Jabal al Gharbi, Libya

Geolocation

18.062778, 12.250206 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

According to several local sources, GNC/Libya Dawn planes bombed Zintan airport as well as the nearby village of Rujban. Most sources reported material damage, though there was no mention of civilian harm.

Zintan Airport spokesperson Omar Maatouk, speaking to Libya Herald, said that the front of the airport building was damaged by the seven shells fired. He also said that there had been no civilian casualties.

The report said: “There were no casualties at Zintan, Matoq said, adding that a number of nearby houses had been hit by shrapnel. He later said that the aircraft used was an Aero L-39 jet trainer and named the pilots as from Ghariyan and the Tripoli suburb of Fashloum.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    General National Congress Armed Forces (GNC)

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (6) [ collapse]

  • Translation: Militias Dawn of Libya bombard residential areas in Rajaban, forcing the village to suspend the study. Libya (via Libyan™)
  • Another image of the aftermath (via Libyan™)
  • Another image of the aftermath (via Libyan™)
  • Another image of the aftermath (via Libyan™)
  • Another picture of the aftermath (via 988nabed)
  • Another picture of the aftermath (via 988nabed)

General National Congress Armed Forces (GNC) Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    General National Congress Armed Forces (GNC)
  • General National Congress Armed Forces (GNC) position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    General National Congress Armed Forces (GNC)

Sources (22) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC193

Incident date

September 11, 2019

Location

العربان, Al Urban, Murqub, Libya

Geolocation

32.169398, 13.385662 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were allegedly killed in a GNA airstrike on Al Urban.

Al Mashhad reported: “Two civilians were killed by indiscriminate shelling of the Al Wefaq government forces in Al Urban, 30 km southeast of Gheryan, local sources said.

The sources said that the young Issa ibn al-Hadi al-Jaafari was seriously injured by indiscriminate shelling and died later on, while another person died from the tribe of Qamati did not give his name.”

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy said: “Our city Al Urban has been subjected to heavy bombardment of all types of weapons by land and air since this morning, a barbaric indiscriminate strike in which the Arabs lost the finest of their sons, Issa ibn al-Hadi al-Jaafari and Abdul Salam Ahmed Saqr Al-Qamati. Arab unity by flying and terrorizing the safe.

The Libya Observer said that a strike targeted LNA technicals without mentioning civilian harm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • 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 attacker
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Suspected target
    LNA

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Car allegedly destroyed by GNA strike on Al Urban on September 11th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Car allegedly destroyed by GNA strike on Al Urban on September 11th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)

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 and/or Artillery
  • 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 attacker
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)
  • Suspected target
    LNA

Sources (6) [ collapse]