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Explosive Violence Monitor: 13 to 19 October 2023

From 13 to 19 October 2023, based on incident-specific English-language reporting, AOAV has recorded 217 incidents of explosive violence around the world, and 1,835 reported casualties. 1,619, or 88%, of those casualties have been civilian casualties.

Air-launched weapons caused 82% of civilian casualties. 

Ground-launched weapons caused 8% of civilian casualties.

Improvised Explosive Devices caused 2% of civilian casualties.

Mines explosive weapons caused 1% of civilian casualties.

Combined explosive weapons caused <1% of civilian casualties.

Over the past week, non-state actors were the reported perpetrators of 22% of recorded incidents of explosive violence, and state actors of 72%.

Non-state actors were also the reported perpetrators of 9% of civilian casualties this week, and state actors of 80%.

From 13 to 19 October 2023, AOAV recorded incidents of explosive violence across 18 countries and territories. The most affected countries and territories for civilian casualties of explosive violence this week were Gaza, Ukraine, and Syria.

In Gaza, AOAV recorded 75 incidents of explosive violence and 1,284 civilian casualties this week. The highest casualty incident occurred on 13 October 2023, when 70 Palestinians were killed and around 200 injured in a strike against an evacuation convoy in southern Gaza.

In Ukraine, AOAV recorded 48 incidents of explosive violence this week, which caused 108 civilian casualties. The highest casualty incident took place on 18 October 2023, when five civilians were killed and five injured in a Russian missile strike in Zaporizhzhia.

In Syria this week, AOAV recorded 33 incidents of explosive violence, and 31 civilian casualties. The highest casualty incident occurred on 15 October 2023, when five people were injured in an Israeli air strike on Aleppo airport.

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.