Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Belligerent
Country
Libya
start date
end date
Airwars Grading
Belligerent Assessment

Incident Code

LC003a

Incident date

June 2, 2014

Location

معمل أسمنت بنغازي, Benghazi Cement Factory, Benghazi, Libya

Geolocation

32.004722, 20.134444 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Between one and five civilians were reported killed in an alleged LNA airstrike on the cement factory in Benghazi.

Almasry Alyoum wrote: An Egyptian worker named, 35-years-old, from the village of Habalsa, a member of the Al Qusiya centre in Assiut, was killed on Monday afternoon in a bombing of a cement factory in Benghazi, Libya.

The sources added that “the bombing caused the death of five, including the Egyptian worker”, pointing out that “the body of the dead will reach the village of Habalsa, Tuesday, to his funeral to the last”

Assiut Facetook only reported the death of Mansur Abu Sada Jalal as a result of the airstrike.

Other sources mentioned LNA airstrikes in Benghazi but didn’t report civilian harm.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    1 – 5
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (1) [ collapse]

  • An image shows damages reached out a civilian house in Benghazi followed an alleged LNA airstrike in Benghazi (source: @majjjedomar)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Benghazi Cement Factory (معمل أسمنت بنغازي), for which the coordinates are: 32.004722, 20.134444. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Benghazi Cement Factory (معمل أسمنت بنغازي), for which the coordinates are: 32.004722, 20.134444.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

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
    1 – 5
  • (1 man)
  • 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 (8) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC003

Incident date

June 1, 2014

Location

قسم الهندسة الميكانيكية, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Benghazi, Libya

Geolocation

32.050556, 20.052222 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

One or three civilians were wounded in three alleged LNA airstrikes in Benghazi, local media reported.

Sources reported that strikes hit the following locations:

Palace of the Crown in the Garyounis area.
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering – previously called the Naji Infunas Comprehensive Institute.
The February 17 camp in Qawarsheh
GNA 204 battalion in Al Rahba

Civilian casualties, however, were only reported in the strike on the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

According to Alalam “fighter jets in the air force of the army’s dissident brigade belonging to Khalifa Haftar carried out three air raids on targets of the rebel battalions in the eastern city of Benghazi on Sunday, but two raids missed their targets and hit civilian sites, injuring two people.

C-5 missiles fell on the building of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Technology (Naji Infunas Comprehensive Comprehensive Institute) and destroyed classrooms and computer labs in part, in addition to destroying the headquarters of the training workshops in the college completely. A member of the administrative staff of the Institute and one of his bodyguards were injured by fragments of rockets. They were taken to hospital for treatment.

Agdebia News also reported that the strike on the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering resulted in injury to a civilian, reportedly “a Bangladeshi citizen”.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (4) [ collapse]

  • A picture shows the moment of an airstrike carried out at Benghazi University (Source: Workers at Faculty of Engineering, Benghazi University)
  • An image shows a distraction at Benghazi university (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering) followed an airstrike (source: Alalam news)
  • A picture shows the moment of the second airstrike conducted at the university of Benghazi (source: Alwasat)
  • An image shows the third airstrike that conducted at university of Benghazi (source: URGENT Libya is in danger FB page)

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the Department of Mechanical Engineering (قسم الهندسة الميكانيكية) for which the coordinates are: 32.050556, 20.052222.  Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

  • Reports of the incident mention the Department of Mechanical Engineering (قسم الهندسة الميكانيكية) for which the coordinates are: 32.050556, 20.052222.

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

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
    Unknown
  • Civilians reported injured
    1–3
  • 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 (12) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC002

Incident date

January 19, 2014

Location

قويرة المال, Qweira al Mal, Sabha, Libya

Geolocation

27.181167, 14.533500 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Exact location (via Airwars) level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Exact location (via Airwars)

Airwars assessment

Two children were reportedly killed in an air or artillery strike in Sabha in the south of Libya.

A pro-Gaddafi page on Facebook identified the victims as the 14-year-old and a 17-years-old, and another victim at 14 years old, who lost his leg. It added that they were killed in the Hey al Hijara neighbourhood. Another child was reportedly injured.

Libya Sky reported the location of the strike as Qweira al Mal gate at the northern entrance to the city of Sabha (Jebel Ali region) on Sunday, targeting a gathering of armed groups outside.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    2
  • 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
    General National Congress Armed Forces (GNC)

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention Qweira al Mal gate (قويرة المال) for which the coordinates are: 27.181167, 14.533500.  Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

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
    2
  • 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
    General National Congress Armed Forces (GNC)

Sources (6) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC001

Incident date

August 11, 2013

Location

الظهي, Al Dahir, Sirte, Libya

Geolocation

31.200556, 16.428333 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Neighbourhood/area level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Neighbourhood/area

Airwars assessment

Wissam Salem reported on Twitter that four people were killed and 15 more injured in an airstrike near Sirte. Salem didn’t elaborate if the victims were civilians or combattants.

However, other sources claimed that the casualties resulted either from a car bomb or mortars.

Wady Dynar reported that the explosions heard in Al Dahir in the outskirts of Sirte were mortar shells and not airstrikes.

Libyans reported that the explosions were caused by a car bomb.

A pro Gaddafi Facebook page claimed the strikes were conducted by the US near the Wadan project.

News_yemen on Twitter also reported the incident as a US airstrike on Ansar al-Sharia.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Geolocation notes (1) [ collapse]

Reports of the incident mention the neighbourhood of Al Dahir (الظهي), for which the generic coordinates are: 31.200556, 16.428333. 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 Dahir (الظهي).

    Imagery:
    Google Earth

Unknown Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Unknown
  • Unknown position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    4
  • Civilians reported injured
    15
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attacker
    Unknown

Sources (10) [ collapse]

Incident Code

LC238

Incident date

Location

محطة وقود القرقني , Al Garqni Petrol Station, Tripoli, Libya

Geolocation

32.805686, 13.281865 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Nearby landmark level. Continue to map

Geolocation accuracy

Nearby landmark

Airwars assessment

Up to three non-combatants were allegedly killed in an LNA airstrike on Ain Zara.

Al Wasat said: “The Interior Ministry of the GNA announced on Tuesday that two of its members were killed in the shelling of the headquarters of the Rapid Intervention Force at the General Directorate of Central Support in Ain Zara.

The ministry said in a statement, through its official page on the social networking site Facebook: ‘Aviation (..) Hafter on Tuesday evening targeted the headquarters of the rapid intervention force in the General Directorate of Central Support Ain Zara’, adding ‘two members of the security men (policeman Muhannad Mohammed Sa’id Rashed), (Wissam Salim Rajab Kardala), and four others were injured.'”

According to Libya Alahrar TV, the death toll was later updated to three.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

  • Muhannad Mohammed Sa’id Rashed Adult male killed
  • Wissam Salim Rajab Kardala Adult male killed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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 (4) [ collapse]

  • Picture of a burning police car after an alleged LNA strike on Ain Zara on November 5th, 2019 (via Libyan Ministry of Interior)
  • Picture of a burning police car after an alleged LNA strike on Ain Zara on November 5th, 2019 (via Libyan Ministry of Interior)
  • Picture of a burning police car after an alleged LNA strike on Ain Zara on November 5th, 2019 (via Libyan Ministry of Interior)
  • Picture of a burning police car after an alleged LNA strike on Ain Zara on November 5th, 2019 (via Libyan Ministry of Interior)

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the vicinity of Al Garqni Petrol Station (محطة بنزين القرقني) within Ain Zara (عين زارة) for which the generic coordinates are: 32.805686, 13.281865. 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
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 men)
  • Civilians reported injured
    4
  • 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]