After The Bombing Podcast, Episode 1: The impact of bombs on the human body

In this podcast episode, INEW discusses the consequences of explosive weapons by bringing together survivors’ voices from Raqqa in Syria, as well as voices from the ground.

State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen

Yemen is the worst country for civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapon use in the first seven months of 2015, says a new publication produced by UK-based charity AOAV and UN OCHA. In March 2015, a complex and long-running political crisis in Yemen rapidly escalated into all-out conflict. President Hadi fled the country after Houthi rebels […]

Four years of harm: Explosive Violence Monitor 2011-2014

A terrible cost for civilians Data collected by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) shows that at least 112,000 civilians have been reported as killed or injured by explosive weapons in the last four years. Download the infographic here Between 2011 and 2014, AOAV has recorded a total of 144,545 deaths and injuries from the use […]

Explosive violence in July 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In July 2015, AOAV recorded 4,990 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 76% of […]

Explosive violence in June 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In June 2015, AOAV recorded a total of 4,343 deaths and injuries from explosive […]

Why it matters that we were not told that UK pilots are involved in air strikes in Syria.

Has the government been lying to us? That’s the question people are asking after last week’s revelation that UK pilots have been involved in carrying out air strikes in Syria, in spite of assurances that Parliament would vote on any such expansion of the anti-ISIS bombing campaign. The news comes as further proof of a […]

Explosive violence at the United Nations: Roundup of key discussions

Courtesy of INEW. The humanitarian impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and the action that states should take towards improving civilian protection from the grave humanitarian harm caused, were discussed at an INEW side event to the Mine Ban Treaty intersessional meetings on 26 June, chaired by Richard Moyes of INEW […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Conclusions and recommendations

Conclusion More civilian casualties, from more incidents of explosive violence, were recorded in 2014 than in any of the three previous years that AOAV has been monitoring explosive weapon use. 2014 is the third consecutive year in which there has been a reported rise in civilian casualties from explosive weapons, up 5% from 2013 and […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: IEDs

Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) IEDs were responsible for 17,098 civilian casualties (52% of the total recorded in 2014). 85% of those killed and injured by IEDs were civilians. There was a 26% decrease in the number of civilian casualties caused by IEDs compared to 2013 (17,098 down from 22,829). Three of the five deadliest IED […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Ground-launched weapons

Ground-launched explosive weapons Ground-launched explosive weapons were responsible for 8,088 civilian casualties in 2014 (25% of the total recorded). 90% of casualties were civilians. This is higher than the proportion recorded from IED attacks (85%), and aerial attacks (61%). Mortars caused 3,000 civilian casualties in 15 countries. This is a 53% increase from 2013. Six […]

Explosive States: Explosive Violence in Populated Areas in 2014

Explosive weapons in populated areas In 2014, 92% of casualties in populated areas were reported as civilians. This is compared to 34% in other areas.  On average 16 people were killed or injured in every incident of explosive weapon use in populated areas. In other areas in 2014 the average number was four. 4,245 civilians […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Key Findings

Introduction “Ultimately, civilians in Syria, Gaza, Israel, Afghanistan, Libya, eastern Ukraine and other conflict hotspots pay the price when the shells aimed at military targets end up hitting homes, hospitals and schools. This simply has to stop. These explosive weapons are designed for open battlefields, not built-up urban areas […] This is not about the […]