Latest Explosive Violence Monitor updates

Since 2011, AOAV has been recording the global harm wrought by explosive weapons on civilians. Through monitoring English language media reports, we demonstrate consistent patterns of harm arising from the use of explosive violence, in particular their effects on civilian populations. These reports are issued annually with monthly updates.

Latest Manufactured Explosive Weapons news

From cluster munitions to Grad rockets, the use of manufactured explosive weapons by states (and increasingly non-state actors) has had devastating impacts on civilians the world over. When planes drop bombs or artillery lets loose on populated areas, the vast majority of those killed and injured will invariably be civilians. AOAV seeks to catalogue the harm such use of force brings, and offers insight into how states can reduce the impact of such weapon use.

  • Air strikes kill over 70 civilians across Idlib

    On December 4th 2016, at least 73 were killed across Idlib province, Syria. Russia are suspected of carrying out the air strikes, as they announced a major operation targeting Idlib in November.

  • Scores of civilians killed whilst fleeing Aleppo

    Civilians killed fleeing Aleppo. Thousands displaced by recent violence. AOAV recorded more civilian deaths and injuries in Syria in the first nine months of 2016 than in the entirety of 2015.

  • Air strikes return to Syria with devastating impacts

    After the relative quiet of recent weeks, Syria was faced with a surge of airstrikes on Wednesday, November 16th 2016, particularly in Aleppo. At least 87 were reported to have been killed.

Latest Improvised Explosive Device (IED) news

Over 50% of civilians killed or injured by explosive weapons in recent years have been the victims of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Almost exclusively used by non-state actors such as ISIS or the Taliban, IEDs have devastating impact on the lives of civilians the world over. From car bombs to suicide vests, road-side IEDS to booby-traps, AOAV seeks to identify the drivers and consequences of the use of such pernicious weapons.

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