Explosive violence in Yemen

AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on the harm caused by explosive weapons around the world. This data is used by international organisations, researchers, journalists and advocacy groups to campaign for reduced civilian harm as a result of explosive violence.

Over the past decade (2014-2023), AOAV has recorded 1,607 incidents of explosive violence in Yemen, resulting in 25,026 casualties, of which 69% (17,197) were reported as civilians. Civilian casualties include at least 1,422 children, 626 women and 36 men. Of the civilian casualties, 42% (7,276) were reported as killed.

The five most affected regions in terms of civilian harm as a result of explosive violence over the past decade are Sana’a (4,206 civilian casualties), Taiz (2,748), Saada (2,122), Hudaydah (2,099), and Aden (1,494).

Air-launched weapons were the deadliest form of weapon, accounting for 44% (710) of all incidents recorded between 2014-2023, 61% of total civilian casualties (10,538), and 71% (5,144) of all civilians killed within the decade.

The majority of harm from explosive weapons use in Yemen over the past decade was reportedly perpetrated by state actors, who account for 61% (986) of all incidents and caused 67% (11,605) of all civilian casualties, as well as 74% (5,413) of all civilians killed.