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Suicide bomber kills at least 38 in Syrian city of Sweida

Today, July 25th 2018, a suicide bomber carried out an attack near a marketplace in Sweida, Syria, leaving 38 dead and another 37 injured.

Another two suicide bombers were killed before they could carry out their attacks.

Further attacks by ISIS fighters across Sweida left many others killed and injured. However, it remains unclear if the suicide attack was carried out by ISIS.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records casualties (i.e. people killed and injured) from explosive violence around the world as reported in English-language news sources.

Last year, Syria was the country worst-impacted by explosive violence with over 15,000 deaths and injuries from such weapons – of which 85% were civilians. However, the majority of civilian harm (67%) was caused by airstrikes.

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused a further 14% of such casualties.

Already, in the first half of 2018, AOAV has recorded a 15% rise in the number of civilians killed or injured by explosive weapons in Syria, compared to the same period last year.

AOAV strongly condemns the use of violence against civilians and calls upon all states and groups to stop using weapons with wide-area impacts in populated areas, due to the severe impact these have on civilians

For further data on explosive violence in Syria, please see here.