Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC208

Incident date

October 2, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: سيدي سليم, Tripoli: Sidi Salim, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.798611, 13.129444 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Up to two civilians were allegedly killed by LNA shelling on the Sidi Salim of Tripoli.

Afrigate News and Hona Souq Al-Khmies said that a woman was killed by shelling.

The Libya Observer reported: “A woman and her daughter were killed when a shell landed on her house in the Abu Salim municipality of Sidi Selim, the media adviser to the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

The Abu Salim municipal council said that eight civilians were injured by the targeting of militias of war criminal Khalifa Hifter on the region, on Wednesday evening.

The areas south of Tripoli, yesterday, violent clashes between the army forces and militias Hifter after the latter’s attempt to advance in the axes of Yarmouk and Khalat Street before being defeated.”

Al Wasat wrote: “Amin al-Hashemi, media adviser at the Ministry of Health in al-Wefaq [GNA] government, said that the number of deaths from an indiscriminate shell hit a house in the Sidi Selim area (south of Tripoli) reached two.

Hashemi, in a statement to «Central Gate», said that the daughter of the woman, who also died in the incident, died of her injuries, pointing to the injury of eight other civilians, who are receiving treatment in hospitals in the capital.”

Hona Souq Al-Khmies said the incident took place near the American embassy.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 2
  • (0–1 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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]

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 – 2
  • (0–1 children1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    8
  • 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

LC209

Incident date

October 3, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: أبو سليم, Tripoli: Abu Salim, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.842957, 13.171578 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Two civilians were reportedly killed by LNA shelling on the Abu Salim neighbourhood of Tripoli.

Alwasat reported: “The Abu Salim Municipal Council announced the killing of two young men, one of whom is Moroccan, after a shell fell due to indiscriminate shelling in the municipality.

The council said in a statement published on its Facebook page, that one young men from the Farhat family and the other of Moroccan nationality were driving in front of the house of  the Farhat family after the fall of a shell led to their death in the locality of Abu Zar al-Ghafari Street bumps.

The house was destroyed by the shell.”

Other sources published similar reports as well as pictures and videos of the incident.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Mohammed Farhat Adult male killed
  • Yassine Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    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
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (9) [ collapse]

  • Debris after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Destroyed car after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Destroyed car after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Destroyed car after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Destroyed car after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Destroyed car after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Damaged cars after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Destroyed car after an airstrike on Tripoli on October 3rd, 2019 (Tk Yahroug Kl shy)

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)
  • 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

LC210

Incident date

October 3, 2019

Location

كلية الشرطة, Police College, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.798504, 13.221171 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One civilian was reportedly killed by shelling in the south of Tripoli.

Hona Souq Al-Khmies reported: “Shells falling in front of the Police College in Al Khalla, killing a Pakistani hired worker named Rehan and the outbreak of fire in the house.”

Local reports of fighting point at GNA or LNA as perpetrators of the shelling.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Rehan Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of the Police College ( كلية الشرطة) within Khela Ben Oun (خلة بن عون) for which the generic coordinates are: 32.798504, 13.221171. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA), Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC211

Incident date

October 5, 2019

Location

مطار مصراتة, Misurata Airport, Misurata, Libya

Geolocation

32.333406, 15.046019 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

One civilian was allegedly injured in an LNA or Emirati airstrike on Misurata Airport.

Afrigate News reported: “The airstrike on Misrata airport on Saturday targeted a mobile generator with “detectors” lamps and damaged two civilian planes with shrapnel and injured an employee of the airport handling company, the Interior Ministry said.”

Alayam Ly published a similar report.

Al Motawaset said: “A briefing on the Volcano of Anger [GNA] that the bombing caused the injury of an aviation officer at the airport, where he was taken to hospital for treatment in addition to damage to some airport facilities.”

The Libya Observer tweeted: “Flights at Misrata Int’l Airport were suspended after warlord Khalifa Haftar’s airforce militia, backed by France, UAE and Egypt, conducted an airstrike on the airport Saturday morning, wounding one worker and causing damage to two planes for Libya Wings and Libyan Airlines.”

Other sources only reported bombing at Misurata Airport, without mentioning civilian harm. Some accused the LNA, others the UAE of conducting the strike.

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
    Unknown
  • 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 attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

  • Car damaged by an airtrike on Misurata on October 5th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Plane damaged by an airstrike on Misurata on October 5th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Shrapnel after an airstrike on Misurata on October 5th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Shrapnel after an airstrike on Misurata on October 5th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Car damaged after an airstrike on Misurata on October 5th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

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
    Unknown
  • 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 attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (15) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC212

Incident date

October 5, 2019

Location

طرابلس‎: طريق المطار, Tripoli: Airport road, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.806027, 13.139814 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Four women were reportedly injured by LNA shelling on Tripoli.

Libya Alahrar TV said: “Operation Volcano of Anger [GNA] announced the injury of 4 women due to the warplanes supporting Haftar shelling civilian neighbourhoods in the vicinity of the airport road in the capital Tripoli.

Operation Volcano of Anger added that Saturday night’s shelling caused damage to a power plant and a number of civilian houses.”

There is currently no additonal information available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Image of the aftermath (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Another image of the aftermath (via Libya Alahrar TV)

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC213

Incident date

October 6, 2019

Location

جنزور, Janzur: Equestrian Club, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.834054, 13.011325 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Six civilians were allegedly injured in an LNA airstrike on the Equestrian Club in Janzur.

The Libya Observer said: “Airstrikes by Khalifa Haftar’s backup warplanes hit the Equestrian School in Janzour – west of Tripoli – injuring three to five children and one old man and killing a number of horses, both Fursan Janzour Brigade’s spokesman Ahmed Abdeljalili and other sources have reported.

The sources added that the school was full of children training on horse riding when Haftar’s warplanes struck it.”

Al Wasat reported: “Osama Ali, a spokesman for emergency services, said six people were injured in an air strike on the equestrian club in Janzur, most of them children.”

218 TV reported the same number of victims and said that LNA spokesperson Ahmed Al Mesmari denied LNA involvement.

Libya Alahrar TV added: “The assessment team confirmed that a fighter plane dropped four unguided bombs at the Equestrian Club, a civilian facility, and did not detect any military assets or facilities.”

UNSMIL heavily condemend the incident: “The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is appalled by an airstrike conducted by General Haftar’s forces, targeting the Equestrian Club in Tripoli’s Janzour neighbourhood. The airstrike, which took place today in the afternoon, reportedly injured a number of innocent children and caused damage to the Club’s facilities.”

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Iyad Shaaban Age unknown male injured
  • Hussam Abu Bakr Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Rahim Fathi Age unknown male injured
  • Abdul Rahman Al-Shtaiwi Age unknown male injured
  • Mohammed Al-Soni Age unknown male injured

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (18) [ collapse]

  • Video report by Libya Alahrar TV
  • Child being treated after being injured in an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Victim being treated after being injured in an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Child being treated after being injured in an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Victim being treated after being injured in an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Horse killed in an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Child being carried away after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Observer)
  • Smoke rising after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Hona Souq Al-Khmies)
  • Child being treated after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Ambulance Services)
  • Smoke rising after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Smoke rising after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Smoke rising after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Smoke rising after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Destruction after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Destruction after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Damaged building after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Damaged building after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Smoke rising after an alleged LNA strike on Janzur on October 6th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)

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
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    6
  • 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 (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC214

Incident date

October 7, 2019

Location

الطويشة, Altwaisha, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.639449, 13.111109 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

One doctor was allegedly killed in an LNA or Emirati airstrike on Qasr Bin Gashir.

The Libyan Express reported: “An airstrike by Khalifa Haftar’s forces hit a field hospital in Gaser Benghashir municipality (near Tripoli airport) on 7 October, killing 1 doctor and injuring 2 paramedics.

The airstrikes came amid heavy airpower use by Haftar’s forces, backed by UAE warplanes and drones, in an attempt to advance on Libyan Army positions in southern Tripoli.”

Al Wasat said: “Shrapnel from an airstrike on Monday killed a doctor and injured two paramedics working in a field hospital in the Al-Tweisha area south of Tripoli.

‘Dr. Samer Sulaiman al-Sibai was killed and two paramedics in the Al-Zahra field hospital were wounded,’ the Health Ministry said in a statement.”

The GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation accused the UAE of conducting the strike.

UNSMIL later condemned the attack without mentioning the culprit.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Dr. Samer Suleiman Al-Sibai Adult male Medical Doctor killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Picture of Dr. Samer Suleiman Al-Sibai (via Al Wasat)
  • Picture supposedly showing the dead body of the victim (via Al Wasat)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Altwaisha (الطويشة), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.639449, 13.111109. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Altwaisha (الطويشة).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

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
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 man)
  • 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 attackers
    Libyan National Army (LNA), United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC215

Incident date

October 9, 2019

Location

قصر بن غشير, Qasr Bin Gashir: 108 buildings, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.688333, 13.170556 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Civilian casualties were alleged after indiscriminate artillery shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir.

Tk Yahrouq Kl shy wrote: “There are civilian casualties after several indiscriminate shells landed in Qasr Bin Gashir area of Al-Majal’a neighborhood, beside 108 buildings.”

Hona Souq Al-Khmies only reported heavy damage to residential buildings but did not mention civilian harm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • 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 attacker
    Unknown

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a car caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a car caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a car caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a car caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a car caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Damage to a building caused by shelling on Qasr Bin Gashir on October 9th, 2019 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)

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
    2 – 3
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (8) [ collapse]