From 12 to 18 August, based on incident-specific English-language reporting, AOAV has recorded 90 incidents of explosive violence around the world, and 447 reported casualties. 365, or 82% of those casualties have been civilian casualties.
Air-launched weapons caused 2% of civilian casualties.
Ground-launched weapons caused 48% of civilian casualties.
Directly-emplaced weapons, such as mines and Improvised Explosive Devices, caused 38% of civilian casualties.
Combined explosive weapons caused 0% of civilian casualties.
Over the past week, non-state actors were the reported perpetrators of 24% of recorded incidents of explosive violence, and state actors of 59%.
Non-state actors were also the reported perpetrators of 31% of civilian casualties this week, and state actors of 60%.
From 12 to 18 August, AOAV recorded incidents of explosive violence across 12 countries and territories. The most affected countries and territories for civilian casualties of explosive violence this week were Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Syria.
In Ukraine, AOAV recorded 38 incidents of explosive violence and 198 civilian casualties this week. The highest casualty incident occurred on 17 August 2022, when 13 civilians were killed and 20 injured in a Russian ground-launched Iskander missile strike on a 3-storey house in Kharkiv’s Saltivskyi district.
In Afghanistan, AOAV recorded 3 incidents of explosive violence this week, which caused 57 civilian casualties. The highest casualty incident took place on 17 August 2022, when 21 civilians were killed and 33 injured in a suicide IED attack on Abu Bakr al Sadiq mosque, in Kabul’s Khair Khana area.
In Syria this week, AOAV recorded 25 incidents of explosive violence, and 35 civilian casualties. The highest casualty incident occurred on 16 August 2022, when a 14yr old boy was killed and seven civilians (two women, one child) injured in Turkish shelling of Ayn-al-Arab/Kobani.
AOAV’s casualty figures represent the lowest of estimations in terms of the number of people killed and injured by explosive weapon use. In an effort to quantify the explicit harm caused by specific explosive weapons, AOAV solely records incident-specific casualty figures, as reported in English-language media.
AOAV condemns the use of violence against civilians and the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. All actors should stop using explosive weapons with wide-area effects where there is likely to be a high concentration of civilians.
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