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Sorman is located in Libya
Location in Libya
Coordinates: 32°45′24″N 12°34′18″E / 32.75667°N 12.57167°E / 32.75667; 12.57167
Country  Libya
Region Tripolitania
District Zawiya
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 36,707
Time zone EET (UTC+2)

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.

Libyan civil wars[edit]

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 deined 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]


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