Sorman[2] or Surman[3] (Arabic: صرمان‎) is a town near the Mediterranean coast, in the Zawiya District of the Tripolitania region in northwestern Libya.

Sorman

صرمان
Town
Sorman is located in Libya
Sorman
Sorman
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°45′24″N 12°34′18″E / 32.75667°N 12.57167°E / 32.75667; 12.57167
Country Libya
RegionTripolitania
DistrictZawiya
Population
 (2008)[1]
 • Total36,707
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)

Libyan civil warsEdit

On 20 June 2011, during the first Libyan Civil War, NATO strikes in Sorman against what appeared to be civilian homes in a compound belonging to one of Muammar Gaddafi's associates, Khaled K. El-Hamedi, reportedly killed several civilians, including two children and their mother.[4] NATO admitted carrying out an air strike on a military target in Sorman but denied civilian deaths. NATO issued a statement that said a precision air strike was launched against a "high-level" command and control "node" in the Sorman area.[5]

On 14 August, the National Liberation Army said it had captured the city in battle during the major coastal offensive.[6] 10 rebel fighters were killed and at least 40 pro-Gaddafi fighters were captured during the battle for the town.[7]

In March 2016, during the second civil war, it was reported that two Italians who had been kidnapped in June 2015 were killed while they were used as human shields by Islamic State gunmen in Sorman.[8]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Amraja M. el Khajkhaj (2008) "Noumou al Mudon as Sagheera fi Libia", Dar as Saqia, Benghazi, pp. 118-123
  2. ^ Sormán (Variant) at GEOnet Names Server, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  3. ^ Şurmān (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  4. ^ "News & Stories – Amnesty International USA". Amnestyusa.org. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  5. ^ By PTI (2011-06-21). "NATO | Libya | Sorman | Attack | Military Target | Air Strike - Oneindia News". News.oneindia.in. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  6. ^ "Rebels say capture another town west of Tripoli". Reuters Africa. Reuters. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  7. ^ "Libyan rebels claim control of key towns near Tripoli - World". Dawn.Com. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  8. ^ "Kidnapped Italians killed in Libya – Malta expresses 'deep shock'". Times of Malta. 3 March 2016. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.

See alsoEdit

Coordinates: 32°45′N 12°34′E / 32.750°N 12.567°E / 32.750; 12.567