IS and IS-Affiliated Explosive Violence in 2022

In 2022, 27 incidents have been attributed to IS and IS-affiliated groups in English language reporting, resulting in 172 civilian casualties recorded by AOAV (41 killed and 131 injured). Nine of those incidents (33%) have taken place in April, and account for 78% (134) of recorded civilian casualties of IS and IS-affiliated violence in 2022 so far. 

Explosive Violence in March 2022

In March 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,856 deaths and injuries from 216 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 73% (2,074) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Explosive weapons and their impact on pets and pet-owners

At the beginning of World War II, a government pamphlet was issue that resulted in a massive cull of British pets. After the first bombings on London in September 1940, pet owners rushed to have their pets put to sleep. There were many reasons why pet-owners took this tragic and drastic step. Some thought it […]

The gendered effects on employment of explosive weapons. Iraq – a case study

The use of explosive weapons in Iraq has had far-reaching and devastating consequences. In March 2017, the US conducted a series of airstrikes across Mosul, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians. Nine members of one family were killed in the attacks, including children. Survivors watched Iraqi civil defence workers pull bodies from the rubble of […]

The differing effects of explosive weapons on boys and girls

Explosive weapons have devastating impacts on the lives of children across the globe. From the increased likelihood of disabilities, to the impacts on their mental health, to the disruption to their education, one thing is clear: the effects of explosive weapons on children are far-reaching. Such effects also impact boys and girls in different ways. […]

Will Mariupol be a turning point in Ukraine’s explosive crisis?

A busy road becomes the scene of sudden carnage. An unsuspecting driver yells in panic as a rocket falls from nowhere, obliterating the lorry barely 50 metres up the road. Smoke fills the screen amid further blasts, and the car slams into reverse to escape the heavy shelling. The video did warn that viewers may be […]

Explosive violence in June 2014

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. This month there were more than 4,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed and […]

AOAV applauds efforts to end military use of schools

Today the Norwegian Government has announced its intention to lead global efforts to promote new guidelines that aim to protect schools from military use. Action on Armed Violence applauds Norway’s leadership on the issue, and joins calls for all countries to back and finalise these progressive standards. The Draft Lucens Guidelines have been drafted by countries from around the […]

Explosive violence in April 2014

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. This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed […]

Syria’s shockwaves: the consequences of explosive violence

In November 2013 AOAV was in Lebanon to meet with refugees who had survived and escaped the devastating explosive violence in Syria. Syria’s Shockwaves tells the stories of some of these people, every one of whom had witnessed someone die or be injured by a bomb, shell or rocket. Explosive weapons like artillery, mortars and air-dropped […]

Syrian children killed in school bombing

As many as 25 children have been killed today in Syria by a barrel bomb that fell through the roof of their school. The young students at the Ein Jalout School in the northern city of Aleppo had gathered to exhibit their drawings when the bomb fell. It comes just a day after mortars thundered […]

Explosive Violence Monitor: 2013

Read the full report People killed or injured globallyTotal number of casualties: 37,693Total number of people killed: 12,980Total number of people injured: 24,713 CiviliansNumber of civilians killed: 9,037Number of civilians injured: 21,85682% of those killed or injured were civilians Armed ActorsNumber of armed actors killed: 3,943Number of armed actors injured: 2,857 Populated areasTotal number of […]