Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
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Civilian Harm Status
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Declassified Documents

Incident Code

Lib2011-184

Incident date

September 27, 2011

Location

سرت, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.190547, 16.571441 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Various sources reported that a woman was killed and a child lost his eyesight due to injures by NATO attack in Sirte, in September 27th 2011.

Sadikat al Qa’ed comment on Nour Al-Din Nasser Al Zanki Facebook post stated that a child with the woman suffered injures; however, it is unclear if he was the same child referred to hereabove.

NATO on that day reported hitting “1 ammunition /vehicle storage facility” in the vicinity of Sirte.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (5) [ collapse]

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    Video caption : "This child lost his sight as a result of shrapnel from NATO". In the video, the day of attack was stated which is September, 27th 2011 (via Surt Son)
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    This image is taken from a video posted by Surt Son; 'child injured by rebels bombardment on Sirte city'
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    A video shows several pictures of civilians, children included, who were killed by NATO strikes in September 27th 2011. (via The golden General)
  • Alia Khalaf Allah Abu Bakr Ahrir Al-Amouri Gaddafi death certificate (via Sirte martyrs)
  • Another image of Alia Khalaf Allah Abu Bakr Ahrir Al-Amouri Gaddafi who was killed in Sirte, on September 27th 2011 (via Sirte martyrs)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Sirte (سرت‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.190547, 16.571441. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 ammunition /vehicle storage facility.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–2
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (9) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-183

Incident date

September 26, 2011

Location

الحي رقم 2 في مدينة سرت, neighborhood number 2, Sirte, Libya

Airwars assessment

One source reported that two children were killed by a NATO strike in neighbourhood two in Sirte, in September 26th 2011.

NATO on that day reported hitting “1 ammunition/vehicle storage facility” in the vicinity of Sirte.

There is currently no further information available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (2)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 ammunition /vehicle storage facility.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • (2 children)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (1) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-181

Incident date

September 25, 2011

Location

الحي رقم 3, Neighbourhood No. 3, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.204873, 16.600943 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On 25 September 2011 at about 4 am, NATO struck a residential building in Sirte that ended up in killing a family that consists of four children and three women.

Amnesty International said: “It is not clear whether another relative, Mosbah Ahmed Diyab, a Brigadier-General in al-Gaddafi’s forces who lived in another area of the city, was in the house at the time of the attack. According to surviving relatives he had visited earlier that evening and may or may not have been in the house at the time of the NATO attack.”

A Human Rights Watch field investigation found: “On September 25, around 4:30 a.m., during heavy fighting in the town of Sirte, 450 kilometers east of Tripoli, NATO aircraft twice struck the home of Salem Dyab in District 3. A possible target was the owner’s brother, Brig. Gen. Musbah Ahmed Dyab, who may have been there at the time. Some family members told Human Rights Watch that the strike killed General Dyab, 53. That remains unconfirmed, but seven civilian members of the family did apparently die in the strike. Human Rights Watch obtained copies of death certificates for three women and four children, the youngest of whom was 15 months old. Four civilian family members were wounded, the family said.”

It added: “Three-quarters of the house was flattened, and the rest was heavily damaged. The basement was still intact. A few remnants of NATO munitions were found in the rubble, but the type of weapon could not be determined. On the premises, Human Rights Watch also found several empty ammunition boxes for small arms. Family members said the house had not been used for any military purpose and no weapons or other military equipment were there prior to the attack. The ammunition boxes were placed there after the family left, they said.

According to family members, at least 13 members of the extended family were staying at the home on the day of the attack, after another home belonging to the family in western Sirte was damaged in fighting. The family was also hosting guests in the basement to receive condolences after the September 12 death of a relative, Muhammad Khalifullah Zaroug, 24, who was allegedly killed in a NATO air strike on a checkpoint 50 kilometers west of Sirte. All of the family members and neighbors said there was heavy fighting between Gaddafi and opposition forces in Sirte on the day of the attack.”

Several condolence pages commemorated the victims over the the following years on Facebook.

NATO on that day reported hitting: “1 command and control node, 2 ammunition/vehicle storage facility, 1 radar facility, 1 multiple rocket launcher, 1 military support vehicle, 1 artillery piece, 1 ammunition storage facility.” in the vicinity of Sirte.

The incident occured between 4:00 am and 4:30 am local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (8)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (4 children3 women)
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

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    Children victims from the bombing of NATO on the city of Sirte on 9/25/2011 (via TVarrai)
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    A video capturing four bodies of killed civilians in a hospital in Sirte due to NATO strike on their house on September 25th 2011 (via Surt son)
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    Transcription : seven were killed and another 4 injured by NATO attack on Sirte, video also shows the destruction in the house (via Surt son)
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    The video captures an old woman and her children being killed by NATO strike on Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via Surt son)
  • Amnesty's International caption on the image: "Home of Salem Diyab in Sirte, where four children and three women were killed on 25 September 2011
  • Ghufran Dyab Ahmed Dyab, two years old, was killed by NATO in Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via Alrassed alliby)
  • Intissar Ahmed Diyab and her child who were killed by NATO in Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via Shhda Aljmahyryt Alzm)
  • An image of Marjuha Salem Zarruq who was killed by NATO in Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via Sirt boys)
  • This is an image of Diab's family who was killed by NATO in Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via Swt algdadfa)
  • A memorial image of Heba Mesbah Dyab who was killed by NATO in Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via All of us Sirte martyrs)
  • A collective images for the memorial of the family who was killed by NATO on September 25th 2011 (via Sirt boys)
  • Names of civilians who were killed by NATO on September 25th 2011 (via Mustafa Al Fiyouri book)
  • The house in Sirte before and after being bombed by NATO on September 25th 2011 (via Anvwl)
  • A picture of Ahmed Ali Ahmed Diyab who was 9 years old when he was killed by NATO strike in Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via Anvwl)
  • Collage of images of the family that was killed by NATO strike in Sirte on September 25th 2011 (via Anvwl)
  • The names and the pictures of the civilians who were killed in NATO strike in September 25th 2011 (via Anvwl)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the third neighbourhood (الحي رقم 3) of Sirte (سرت‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.204873, 16.600943. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the third neighbourhood (الحي رقم 3) of Sirte (سرت‎).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 command and control node, 2 ammunition/vehicle storage facility, 1 radar facility, 1 multiple rocket launcher, 1 military support vehicle, 1 artillery piece, 1 ammunition storage facility.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    7
  • (4 children3 women)
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (18) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-182

Incident date

September 25, 2011

Location

برج الساعة المجاور للحي رقم 3, Clock tower adjacent Neighbourhood No. 3, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.201721, 16.592180 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

According to various sources mostly affiliated with the Gaddafi regime, family members residing in neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa’a (clock) tower, Sirte, were injured and some killed due to an attack launched by NATO in September 25th 2011.

It is unclear due to contradicting sources, whether Sarah Ahmed Abd al-Mawli Yunus and Muhammad Ahmed Abdel-Mawali Younes were killed or severely injured.

NATO on that day reported hitting: “1 command and control node, 2 ammunition/vehicle storage facility, 1 radar facility, 1 multiple rocket launcher, 1 military support vehicle, 1 artillery piece, 1 ammunition storage facility.” in the vicinity of Sirte.

There is no further information currently available.

The incident occured at 09:00:00 local time.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (2–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (16) [ collapse]

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    This video capturing civilians including children who were injured by NATO's strike on a house in Sirte, in September 25th 2011. In the video, the nurse said that the strike took place at 9am. (via
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    The video showing young children who are severely injured by the NATO's attack on their houses in Sirte. The nurse mentioned that it was the first day in the academic year. (via Surt son)
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    The video capturing children who are severely injured, being treated in a hospital after NATO's attack in Sirte, in September 25th 2011. The date was mentioned by the nurse in the video. (via Surt son)
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    The video showing several children who are suffering from severe injures due to NATO's attack in Sirte being treated at a hospital in September 25th 2011 (via Libya voice)
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    Same video that was posted by Surt son.
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    A different source for the same video that was posted by Surt son.
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    This video is showing a woman -unknown name- while she died at the hospital due to her injures from NATO attacks in September 25th 2011 (via Libya’s history)
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    It shows a boy who is severely injured in his lower jaw due to NATO's attack to his house in neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa'a (clock) tower in Sirte, on September 25th 2011. (Sirte Breaking)
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    It shows a boy who is severely injured in his lower jaw due to NATO's attack to his neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa'a (clock) tower in Sirte, on September 25th 2011. (Sirte Breaking)
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    An images shows the injury that the girl endured due to NATO attack to her neighbourhood in Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Sirte breaking)
  • The girl whose leg was injured and might develop as she grows up to disability due to NATO's attack in Sirte, on September 25th 2011. (via Sirte breaking)
  • Another image of the injury as a result of NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Sirte breaking)
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    Another image showing the severity of the injury that was a result of NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)
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    A scene from a meeting with the family who was injured due to NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)
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    Another image focused on the girl's injury that took place as a result of NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)
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    An image of the injures that the children endured due to NATO's attack on neighbourhood number 3 in front of Al Sa' a(clock) tower, Sirte, on September 25th 2011 (via Hamid Abo Bakkar)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention a clock tower in the third neighbourhood (الحي رقم 3) of Sirte (سرت‎). Research shows the presence of a clock tower adjacent to the neighbourhood mentioned but we are unable to confirm if this is the clock tower referred to by the sources. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The coordinates for the clock tower are: 31.201721, 16.592180.

  • Reports of the incident mention a clock tower in the third neighbourhood (الحي رقم 3) of Sirte (سرت‎). Research shows the presence of a clock tower adjacent to the neighbourhood mentioned but we are unable to confirm if this is the clock tower referred to by the sources.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 command and control node, 2 ammunition/vehicle storage facility, 1 radar facility, 1 multiple rocket launcher, 1 military support vehicle, 1 artillery piece, 1 ammunition storage facility.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 5
  • (2–4 children)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2–3
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-180

Incident date

September 24, 2011

Location

سرت‎, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.20892, 16.58866 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One civilian was allegedly injured by NATO bombing on Sirte.

TV Arrai reported bombing of residential areas by NATO.

Surt Son posted a video on Youtube of a civilian with face injuries. The narrator says he was injured while sitting near his car.

NATO on that day reported hitting “2 command and control nodes, 1 military staging location, 1 division storage bunker and radar facility, 3 ammunition storage facilities, 1 weapon firing position, 1 ammunition and vehicle storage facility, 1 vehicle staging point, 29 armed vehicles” near Sirte.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Sirte (سرت‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.20892, 16.58866. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 2 command and control nodes, 1 military staging location, 1 division storage bunker and radar facility, 3 ammunition storage facilities, 1 weapon firing position, 1 ammunition and vehicle storage facility, 1 vehicle staging point, 29 armed vehicles.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-176

Incident date

September 23, 2011

Location

مسكن مصطفى ناجي المرابط, Gidwar family residence, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.104167, 16.716944 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (other) level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Three civilians were allegedly killed and up to four more injured by a NATO airstrike on the Ghardabiya area of Sirte.

A Human Rights Watch investigation found: “On September 23, 2011, around 4 p.m., NATO struck a new house on a farm belonging to the Gidwar family in Gurdabiya, about 20 kilometers east of Sirte. More than a dozen members of the extended family had congregated there after their homes in central Sirte were shelled in fighting, family members said. The strike killed three people: an elderly man and two girls, aged 8 and 10. Three children and a woman were wounded, including a four-year-old who reportedly lost an eye and a 15-year-old who lost his left leg below the knee.

Human Rights Watch visited the house on February 6, 2012 and found no evidence of military activity except one green uniform loosely packed in the rubble and two 14.5 mm spent cartridges on the west side of the house. A family member said he did not know how the uniform or cartridges got there. Other material might have been removed prior to the visit. The strike grazed the northeast corner of the house, causing a crater just outside the building. Most of the house was standing but the floor and kitchen were damaged. Inside the house, Human Rights Watch found remnants of a GBU-12 laser guided bomb, suggesting that is what NATO used.”

The NGO added: “According to two witnesses, the two girls who were killed, Sajida and Esra, were sitting outside with 15-year-old Abdulhamid at the time of the strike. The elderly man who died, Omar Salem Omar Gidwar, 67, a businessman in Sirte, was in the bedroom. Human Rights Watch obtained copies of death reports for all three people.

Abdulhamid was hospitalized for two months for his left leg, which Human Rights Watch saw was amputated below the knee. He was given a prosthetic and walks with a slight limp. He recalled the moment the missile hit the house:

‘I was sitting with my nieces just outside the house on the porch steps… . My sister Afaf stood up outside and came towards us. She said there was a loud sound and shelling or a strike. She heard a missile coming towards us. I didn’t see anything. [The girls] had been singing for 15 minutes, and then the strike happened. After the strike, my nieces were thrown away from me. One was on my right side and one was in front of me. The smoke was all over the place. There was dust and smoke. I felt suffocated. I couldn’t breathe easily. I fainted. I can’t remember much after that.'”

Mustafa Al Fitouri named three victims without mentioning injured casualties.

Stories Sirte and Zangetna Ahlamontada published condolence pages for the victims, saying three were killed and three injured.

NATO on that day reported striking “1 Ammunition Storage Facility, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 Command and Control Node, 2 Armed Vehicles” near Sirte.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (6)

  • Sajida Salem Omar Gidwar 8 years old female killed
  • Esra Salem Omar Gidwar 10 years old female killed
  • Omar Salem Omar Gidwar 67 years old male killed
  • Abdulhamid 15 years old male injured
  • Afaf Salem Age unknown male injured
  • Omar Salem Omar Salem Qadawar 4 years old male injured
  • Sajida Salem Omar Gidwar 8 years old female killed
  • Esra Salem Omar Gidwar 10 years old female killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (2) [ collapse]

  • Members of the Gidwar family, allegedly killed in a NATO airstrike on Sirte on September 23rd, 2011 (via Sirte Stories)
  • Esra and Sajida Gidwar, allegedly killed in a NATO airstrike on Sirte on September 23rd, 2011 (via We Martyr Muammar Gaddafi)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the house of the Gidwar family (مسكن مصطفى ناجي المرابط) being struck, in the Al Gurdabiya area (القرضابية), the exact location of which has been published by Human Rights Watch. The exact coordinates are: 31.104167, 16.716944.

  • Reports of the incident mention the house of the Gidwar family (مسكن مصطفى ناجي المرابط) being struck, in the Al Gurdabiya area (القرضابية).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 Ammunition Storage Facility, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 Command and Control Node, 2 Armed Vehicles.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 man)
  • 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.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces
  • Known target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-179

Incident date

September 23, 2011

Location

الجيزة, Al Giza , Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.209412, 16.596702 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

A pregnant woman was allegedly killed by a NATO airstrike on Sirte.

Noura Al Din Al Nasser Al Zinki said: “Zohor Fawzi Fadel, 28, was killed while pregnant, 9/23/2011 as a result of the bombing of the family’s home in the Giza Al Askariya District.”

NATO on that day reported hitting: “1 Ammunition Storage Facility, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 Command and Control Node, 2 Armed Vehicles.”

The is currently no further information available.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Giza (الجيزة), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.209412, 16.596702. 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 Al Giza (الجيزة).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 Ammunition Storage Facility, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 Command and Control Node, 2 Armed Vehicles.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Declared strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 woman)
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Weak
    Single source claim, though sometimes featuring significant information.
  • Known attacker
    NATO forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Incident Code

Lib2011-178

Incident date

September 23, 2011

Location

سرت‎, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.20892, 16.58866 Note: The accuracy of this location is to City level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

One child was allegedly killed by NATO airstrike on Sirte.

Nour al din Al Nasser Al Zanki remembered his death in 2015 saying: “Mohammed Khaled Al-Rayani, 6 years, killed 23/9/2011. A shrapnel hit the head in his father’s car.”

Azden.sert also commemorated his death posting a picture of him.

NATO on that day reported hitting “1 Ammunition Storage Facility, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 Command and Control Node, 2 Armed Vehicles” near Sirte.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the city of Sirte (سرت‎), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.20892, 16.58866. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

NATO forces Assessment:

  • Known belligerent
    NATO forces
  • NATO forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Original strike reports

NATO forces

In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 Ammunition Storage Facility, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1 Command and Control Node, 2 Armed Vehicles

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1
  • (1 child)
  • 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 attacker
    NATO forces
  • Suspected target
    Gaddafi forces

Sources (2) [ collapse]