Syria

Explosive violence in Syria in 2016

  • There were 15,597 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
  • 85% (13,270) were civilians
  • Of civilian deaths and injuries, 48% were caused by air-launched weapons
  • 90% of the civilians killed and injured in airstrikes were in populated areas
  • 60% of civilian deaths and injuries occurred in Aleppo
  • Compared to 2015, AOAV has recorded an increase in civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Syria of 52%
  • In Aleppo, the numbers of civilians killed or injured by explosive violence increased by over three times that of the year before (262%)
  • Civilian deaths and injuries from air-launched explosive violence in Syria rose by 45%

Explosive violence trends and patterns in Syria (2011-2016)

  • Syria has consistently been one of the states worst impacted by explosive violence
  • Between 2011-2016 Syria has seen 52,143 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
  • Of these, 86% (44,801) were civilians
  • 89% of civilian deaths and injuries were perpetrated in populated areas
  • Ground-launched explosive weapons caused the most harm in this period, with over 38% of civilian deaths and injuries caused by such weapons
  • Air-launched explosives caused 37%
  • IEDs caused 20%
  • By 2016, air-launched weapons caused the most civilian harm
  • 2016 was the worst year yet for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Syria

[note: figures for 2016 subject to change]

Other AOAV reports on explosive violence in Syria include:

‘Syria’s Shockwaves’

In our ‘Wide Area Impact’ report, we examined the impact of Syrian mortar fire on civilians.

In ‘Syria’s Dirty Dozen,’ AOAV investigated some of the most dangerous explosive weapons in use in Syria.

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