Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
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Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LQ065

Incident date

February 15, 2017

Location

الحدود الليبية المصرية, Libyan-Egyptian border, Libya

Geolocation

29.3223255, 24.7302246 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Subdistrict level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Subdistrict

Airwars assessment

Social media sources reported airstrikes on ten vehicles allegedly attempting to infiltrate Egypt.

Oded Berkowitz reported that the Egyptian Air Force bombed 10 vehicles “carrying weapons and ammunition near the border with Libya.”

An Alwast News described the incident similarly and cited the Egyptian Air Force as saying all 10 vehicles had been destroyed. A military spokesperson confirmed that they had targeted the vehicles as they allegedly tried to cross the border into Egypt.

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
    Egyptian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Egyptian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Egyptian Armed Forces
  • Egyptian Armed Forces 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
    Egyptian Armed Forces

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LQ019

Incident date

December 7, 2015

Location

بنغازي‎, Ganfouda, Benghazi, Libya

Geolocation

32.010556, 20.006389 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

According to local sources, more than 18 LNA airstrikes were carried out in Benghazi in the areas of Ganfouda, Bouatni, Sidi Faraj near the cement factory, and Marissa port. The strikes in Ganfouda reportedly targeted a convoy with 16 cars.

On December 7th, Sputnik said: “Libyan air force spokesman Nasir al-Hassi told Sputnik that Libyan aircraft had just bombed more than 16 cars moving in Qanfotha, west of Benghazi… Since yesterday morning, more than 18 air strikes have been carried out on several locations and movements of terrorists.”

Tango Roja and Lish La Hia Nubnuha disclosed the following names of ISIS members killed during the strikes:

Abu Zubayr Al Tunisi
Abu Abdulah Al Musri
Abu Abdwahab Al-Ansari
Abu Omar Sudanese
Abonoval al-Ansari
Ahmad Al-Madani Al-Zarqawi
Abu Alwalid Al Misri
Queswara Al Tunisi

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

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]

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

LC171

Incident date

July 23, 2019

Location

سيدي السايح, Sidi as Sa'is, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.562667, 13.254399 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

A woman and her child were allegedly injured in a GNA airstrike on Sidi as Sa’is.

Tripoli Al Izz reported: “The bombing of a military aircraft belonging to the GNA, hit a civilian house in the area of Sidi as Sa’is yesterday night, and wounded a child and a woman.”

Tarhuna 24 said: “GNA airstrikes hit a house in Sidi as Sa’is area, injuring a woman and her son from the Ahmad Al Sa’eh family.”

Hona Soq Al-Khmies Emsihel only reported GNA bombing but no civilian harm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Pictures of the aftermath

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 type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • 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
    Government of National Accord Armed Forces (GNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC199

Incident date

September 17, 2019

Location

جنزور: الكريمية, Janzur: Al Keramia, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.771657, 13.08665 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

A family was reportedly injured in an LNA airstrike on Janzur.

The Libya Observer wrote: “Khalifa Haftar’s warplanes continue to strike residential areas in south and east Tripoli without targeting military locations as foreign drones backing up Haftar’s forces strike Mitiga Airport for the fourth day in a row.

Sources from Volcano of Rage Operation said Mig 21 for Haftar’s forces hit a storage for Jarma Company in Tajoura but caused only material damage, while another strike hit a residential area in Al-Karaymiya, injuring a family.

The Libya Observer has not verified any information about the number and type of casualties due to the airstrikes.”

There is currently no other 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
    3–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Libyan National Army (LNA) Assessment:

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

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3–5
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC228

Incident date

October 26, 2019

Location

عين زارة, Ain Zara, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

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

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were allegedly injured by an LNA artillery strike on Ain Zara.

Libya Alahrar TV said: “Ain Zara: Commander Yusuf al-Amin confirms that a woman and her two children were injured in artillery shelling of Hafter militants in the area.”

It added: “Al-Wefaq Health Spokesman Fawzi Onis confirms that the family were injured in the shelling of their house in Ain Zara.”

In another post it said they were lightly injured and in good condition.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Single source claim
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Ain Zara (عين زارة), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.816556, 13.267525. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    3
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC257

Incident date

December 20, 2019

Location

مسلاتة, Msallata, Murqub, Libya

Geolocation

32.584018, 14.036651 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Town

Airwars assessment

Air and missile strikes on the city of Msallata by the LNA and UAE killed three civilians, according to local reports.

Initially airstrikes had targeted a convoy of militants carrying what were said to be “Al-Wefaq militants” on the road outside Mislata. Address Libya claimed for example that “The Air Force bombed the locations and mechanisms of armed groups loyal to the Al-Wefaq government, west of Maslata, in Al-Watta and Al-Barakat regions, after they fled after a failed infiltration attempt into the Green Zone, Tarhuna.”

The dead and injured were transported to the city of Msallata – which then came under attack from Grad rockets. Burkan al Ghadab for example reported that “3 martyrs from the city of Musallatah after more than 10 raids by Emirati warplanes supporting the war criminal Hifter, and 8 Grad rockets fired by criminal militias towards residential neighborhoods in the city center.”

The Libya Observer said several civilians were also injured, though gave no number.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • Aftermath of reported Grad rocket strikes on Mislata on December 20th 2019, which killed three civilians (via Tripoli 219)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Msallata (مسلاتة), for which the generic coordinates are: 32.584018, 14.036651. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • 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 (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC285

Incident date

February 1, 2020

Location

جنزور: الكريمية, Janzur: Al Keramia, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.771657, 13.08665 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 another one injured by indiscriminate LNA shelling on the Al Keramia area south of Tripoli.

Afrigate News reported one death and one injury, according to the GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation.

The Libya Observer said: “A civilian was killed and others were injured in indiscriminate shelling by Khalifa Haftar’s forces on Al-Kraimiya in south Tripoli, Volcano of Rage Operation’s media office said on Saturday afternoon, posting photos for the aftermath of the shelling that caused damage to houses and cars of the civilian residents.

One civilian, Mohammed Shiha, was transferred to Al-Sawani field hospital for first aid medical care before sending him to the hospital, the Field and Support Medical Center said.”

Libya Alahrar TV initially reported one dead and one injured but later updated to two injuries, quoting the Ministry of Health. It said one woman was injured and that there was severe damage to buildings.

The incident occured in the afternoon.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (8) [ collapse]

  • Destruction after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Destruction after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (via Libya Observer)
  • Destruction after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
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    A victim being treated after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
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    A victim being treated after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
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    A victim being treated after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (via Libya Alahrar TV)
  • Destruction after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (via Tk Yahroug Kl shy)
  • Destruction after alleged LNA shelling on Al Keramia on February 1st, 2020 (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
    Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 (17) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC317

Incident date

March 21, 2020

Location

طرابلس‎: باب بن غشير, Tripoli: Bab Ben Gashir, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.870935, 13.19355 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Two children were allegedly injured by LNA shelling on the Bab Ben Gashir neighburhood of Tripoli.

Libya Alahrar TV reported: “The mayor of Abu Salim Abd Al-Rahman Al-Hamedi assures Al-Ahrar that two children were injured as a result of the fall of shell on their apartment.”

The GNA-led Burkan Al Ghadab operation posted pictures of the incident saying: “Preliminary photos of the destruction caused by the militia of Haftar to the property of the citizens in the Bab Ben Gashir area of the municipality of Abu Salim, after the deceptive announcement of the spokesman for the war criminal, Haftar, about a false cease-fire.” Some of the photos showed bloods stains. However, the page 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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (7) [ collapse]

  • Damage and supposed blood stains caused by alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on March 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Damage and supposed blood stains caused by alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on March 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Building damaged by alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on March 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Building damaged by alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on March 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Building damaged by alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on March 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Building damaged by alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on March 21st, 2020 (via Burkan Al Ghadab)
  • Building damaged by alleged LNA shelling on Tripoli on March 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
    2
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Suspected attacker
    Libyan National Army (LNA)

Sources (3) [ collapse]