Explosive violence in Yemen 2015-2016
- There were 11,811 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- 76% were civilians
- 44% of civilian deaths and injuries were perpetrated in Sana’a
- Of civilian deaths and injuries, 69% were caused by air-launched weapons
- In 2015, Yemen saw more civilian deaths and injuries from air-dropped bombs than anywhere else in the world
- 85% of the civilians killed and injured in airstrikes were in populated areas, such as schools, homes, markets and hospitals
- Over 99% of civilian deaths and injuries from airstrikes were by those perpetrated by the Saudi-led coalition
Explosive violence trends and patterns in Syria (2011-2016)
- Between January 2011-November 2016 Yemen has seen 17,210 deaths and injuries from explosive violence
- Of these, 65% (11,200) were civilians
- Air-launched explosive weapons caused the most harm in this period, with 58% of civilian deaths and injuries caused by such weapons
[note: figures for 2016 subject to change]
Other AOAV reports on explosive violence in Yemen include:
In our ‘Wide Area Impact’ report, we examined the impact of airstrikes on civilians.
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.
Over 90% of victims of explosive weapons in populated areas in Yemen are civilians – signatories to the Arms Trade Treaty should stop selling weapons to the Saudis
Following evidence of international arms sales to Saudi Arabia, AOAV calls on States to act to stop the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
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.
UN says bombing of towns and cities must stop
The UN Secretary-General has highlighted the civilian suffering caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (courtesy of INEW).