The United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has this month released a policy document calling for urgent action to curb the use explosive weapons in populated areas.
The policy document draws heavily on AOAV data to stress that the use of these weapons, which can affect a wide area with blast and fragmentation, is a major cause of civilian deaths and injuries. It can also have a severe long-term humanitarian impact, driving displacement and destroying homes, hospitals and vital civilian infrastructure.
Read UNOCHA’s policy on explosive weapons
Get the facts: AOAV’s data on the impact on explosive weapons, 2011-2013
AOAV policy: Explosive weapons in populated areas
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