Wide-Area Impact – Investigating the wide-area effect of explosive weapons
This report analyses the impact of air-dropped bombs in Yemen, mortar attacks on the Syrian-Jordanian border and multiple-rocket attacks in Ukraine.
Air-dropped bombs in Yemen – an overview
Between 1 January 2011 and 31 July 2015, AOAV found that no manufactured explosive weapon type killed more civilians per incident on average than aerial bombs.
Yemen case study: bombing of the al-Asadi home
Zaid al-Asadi was killed by a falling concrete column. Two of Ali’s children inside the house, 18-month-old Buthanyal and seven-year-old Bilal, also died.
Explosive weapons with large destructive radius: air-dropped bombs (the Mark 80 series and Paveway attachments)
Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen are thought to be making extensive use of aerial bombs with wide area impacts, including JDAM (GPS-guided) and Paveway (laserguided) aerial bombs.
At least 6,100 civilians reported harmed by explosive weapons in Yemen in 2015
Civilians made up 81% of all deaths and injuries in Yemen from explosive weapons in 2015, a figure that jumps to 93% when these weapons were used in populated areas.
Infographic: the GBU-10 Paveway II
This American Paveway-series laser-guided bomb is based on the Mk 84 general-purpose bomb, buthas laser seeker and wings for guidance. I
Video: air-dropped bombs in Yemen
In 2015, Yemen saw more civilian victims of air-dropped bombs than anywhere else in the world.
Journalist Iona Craig talks about Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen and their impact
In Yemen, 93% of victims of explosive weapons when used in populated areas have been civilians.
Specific details for the Mark 80 series and Paveway attachments
A brief outline of the Mark 80 bomb series and the Paveway 'smart' guidance system attachment.
Yemen: the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons highlighted by the UN
AOAV's research on the impact of explosive weapons in Yemen is featured in OCHA's latest Humanitarian Bulletin on the crisis in the country