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Video – Wide-Area Impact: mortar fire on the Jordanian/Syrian border

This report is part of a series of case studies that make up an analysis of the wide area effects of certain explosive weapons and the concern about their use in populated areas.The report – Wide-Area Impact – can be read here. An overview of the mortar can be seen here. An infographic covering this form of weapon can be seen here.

AOAV’s field investigations in September 2015 charted 15 explosive weapon strikes that crossed the Syrian border into Jordan between 2012 and 2015. The majority of the strikes seem to have been from mortar attacks. In some cases it was not clear if mortars were indeed responsible, despite being described by locals as such.

Some appear to have been either homemade ‘Grad’-style rockets or were manufactured ground-launched projectiles of unknown origin. It is hard to establish what weapons were used as the
Jordanian military deployed quickly to the scene and the munitions were deposed of.

This case study shows the rising impact of explosive weapons on the Jordanian border. This investigation catalogued one strike in 2012, two in 2013, one in 2014 and 11 strikes in 2015, highlighting the rising threat of humanitarian harm along the Syrian border.