On 20 June 2011, during the first Libyan Civil War
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.
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.