Explosive violence in Syria in 2016
- There were 15,640 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- 85% (13,313) 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
- 50% of civilian deaths and injuries occurred in just one city – 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 51,875 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- Of these, 86% (44,614) were civilians
- 89% of civilian deaths and injuries were perpetrated in populated areas
- Ground-launched explosive weapons caused the most civilian harm in this period, with 39% 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
Other AOAV reports on explosive violence in Syria include:
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.
Mortar fire on the Syrian-Jordanian border: an overview
In 2014, AOAV recorded 1,910 civilian deaths and injuries from 115 mortar attacks in Syria. AOAV’s investigations in September 2015 charted 15 explosive weapon strikes that crossed the Syrian border.
Case study: Mortar and other inaccurate weapon use on the Jordanian/Syrian border
At 1pm on the ninth day of Ramadan in 2015 – 5 June – a mortar hit the al-Horani coffee shop in the centre of Ramtha, Jordan.
Video – Wide-Area Impact: mortar fire on the Jordanian/Syrian border
AOAV’s field investigations in September 2015 charted 15 explosive weapon strikes that crossed the Syrian border into Jordan between 2012 and 2015. This video records their impact.
Explosive States: AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2014
Global civilian casualties from explosive violence in 2014 increased for the third year running, up 5% from 2013.
Syria’s shockwaves: the consequences of explosive violence
AOAV speaks to Syrian refugees who fled devastating explosive violence there.