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Video – Airstrikes: Deadliest weapon of 2017

In 2017, for the first time since AOAV began recording in 2010, airstrikes caused the most civilian casualties out of all explosive weapon types. In this video AOAV examines why this is and who is responsible.

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been monitoring the impact of explosive violence since 2010. In 2017, AOAV recorded 42,972 deaths and injuries from the use of explosive weapons around the world, as reported in English language media.

As in previous year, civilians continued to bear the burden of this explosive violence. Of those both killed or injured, 74% were reported to be civilians – 31,904.

Of the total civilian casualties, 45% were caused by air-launched weaponry. The number of civilians killed or injured by air strikes was almost 50% higher in 2017 than in 2016.

To watch the video, please click here.

To read the full report, The Burden of Harm: Monitoring explosive violence in 2017, read here, and to see the report’s key findings, here.