Explosive Violence Monitor 2019

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People killed or injured globally
Total number of casualties: 29,485
Total number of people killed: 13,169
Total number of people injured: 16,316

Number of civilians killed: 6,476
Number of civilians injured: 12,925
66% of those killed or injured were civilians

Armed Actors
Number of armed actors killed: 6,693
Number of armed actors injured: 3,391

Populated areas
Total number of people killed in populated areas: 6,849
Total number of people injured in populated areas: 12,949
Number of civilians killed in populated areas: 5,802
Number of civilians injured in populated areas: 12,108
90% of all people killed or injured in populated areas were civilians

Number of children killed or injured (where stated): 2,021

20% of civilians killed or injured were women (where stated)

Weapon Types
Of total civilian casualties, 28% were killed or injured by airstrikes
Of total civilian casualties, 20% were killed or injured by ground strikes
Of total civilian casualties, 47% were killed or injured by IEDs

The top five countries impacted in regard to total number of people killed and injured by explosive weapons (from more to less affected):
Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq
The top five countries impacted in regard to the number of civilians killed and injured by explosive weapons (from more to less affected):
Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya

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AOAV is a founding member of the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW). We believe, as our data clearly routinely shows, that the use of explosive weapons in populated areas causes severe harm to individuals and communities. We believe that this suffering can and should be reduced so that unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented. We call on States to cease the use of explosive weapons in towns and cities.

The figures in the summary above were updated in December 2020 and represent slightly different figures to our Explosive Violence Monitor 2019 annual report. This is due to the persistent collection of data by AOAV, some of which would have been released, and subsequently recorded, following the completion of our 2019 report. The figures in the infographics below reflect the data from our 2019 annual report, not this summary. 

  • 3,816

    Total number of incidents

  • 29,485

    Total number of casualties
    (killed and injured)

  • 66

    % of casualties who are civilians

% of civilian casualties by weapon type

The worst incidents of 2019