Explosive Violence Monitor 2020

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People killed or injured globally
Total number of casualties: 18,747
Total number of people killed: 8,165
Total number of people injured: 10,582

Civilians
Number of civilians killed: 3,668
Number of civilians injured: 7,388
59% of those killed or injured were civilians

Armed Actors
Number of armed actors killed: 4,497
Number of armed actors injured: 3,194

Populated areas
Total number of people killed in populated areas: 3,813
Total number of people injured in populated areas: 7,438
Number of civilians killed in populated areas: 3,084
Number of civilians injured in populated areas: 6,796
88% of all people killed or injured in populated areas were civilians

Children
Number of children killed or injured (where stated): 1,254

Gender
27% of civilians killed or injured were women (where stated)

Weapon Types
Of total civilian casualties, 17% were killed or injured by airstrikes
Of total civilian casualties, 34% were killed or injured by ground strikes
Of total civilian casualties, 43% were killed or injured by IEDs

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

  • 2,910

    Total number of incidents

  • 18,747

    Total number of casualties
    (killed and injured)

  • 88

    % of casualties who are civilians

% of civilian casualties by weapon type