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Explosive Violence Monitor: 2013

For the last three years, Action on Armed Violence has monitored the impact of explosive violence around the world. In this time, we have watched the recorded toll from explosive weapons continue to climb, year on year.

This trend, regrettably, has continued in 2013. Our findings, presented here in Explosive Events, conclude that, in 2013, civilian deaths and injuries from weapons like artillery shells, rockets, and car bombs increased by 15% from 2012.

The full report is available for download here:  Explosive Violence Monitor 2013

Key findings

  • 37,809 people were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2013, in 2,430 incidents. In 2012, AOAV recorded 34,758 total casualties from 2,742 incidents.
  • Civilians made up 82% of total casualties (31,076 deaths and injuries). This is up from 2012, when civilians made up 78% of total casualties.
  • This is the second consecutive year in which civilian casualties have increased.
  • When explosive weapons were used in populated areas, 93% of casualties were civilians. In other areas, this figure fell to 36%.
  • Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Lebanon saw the highest numbers of civilian casualties in 2013.
  • There was a 91% increase in civilian casualties in Iraq in 2013 compared to 2012 (12,799, up from 6,710).
  • In terms of media coverage of the civilian casualties from explosive violence, Iraq was reportedly the most-affected country in the world in 2013. More than a third of civilian casualties from explosive violence were recorded there.
  • Incidents were recorded in 58 different countries and territories around the world.

For more information on this report, please contact Iain Overton, AOAV’s Executive Director on +44 (0) 7984 645 145 or at