Implementing the Political Declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas: why engineering-perspectives on blast effects matter

In order to implement the Declaration, we need to understand the blast effects of what we are trying to protect people from. 

Explosive Violence Monitor: 2023

In 2023, AOAV recorded 47,476 deaths and injuries as a result of the use of explosive weapons around the world. Civilians continued to suffer disproportionately, accounting for 73% of total casualties, with 34,791 civilian deaths and injuries.

Ukraine: AOAV explosive violence data on harm to civilians

In the Ukrainian conflict, AOAV has recorded up to the 23 Feb, 23, 440 casualties from explosive weapon use across 4, 944 incidents; this includes some 19, 926 civilian casualties.

Occupied Palestinian Territories: AOAV explosive violence data on harm to civilians

As of 19 February 2024, AOAV has recorded 17, 878 civilian casualties (12, 550 killed, 5, 328 injured) of explosive weapons use in the OPT in the course of Operation Swords of Iron.

Explosive Violence in March 2024

In March 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 4,156 deaths and injuries from 693 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 86% (3,572) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Moscow terror attack: who are IS-KP?

On Friday, March 22nd, the deadliest terror attack on Russian soil in decades unfolded at Moscow’s Crocus City Hall. US officials believe Islamic State – Khorasan Province carried out the attack.

Explosive Violence in February 2024

In February 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 4,600 deaths and injuries from 703 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 82% (3,762) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Ukraine: 12 civilians killed and 20 injured in Russian drone strike on apartment building, Odesa

On March 2nd, 12 civilians were killed (including 5 children) and 20 injured by a Russian drone strike in Odesa

Myanmar: 12 killed and at least 30 injured by artillery shelling in Sittwe’s Myoma market,  Rakhine

On Thursday 29 March, 12 civilians were killed and at least 30 injured by artilllery shelling in Sittwe’s Myoma market, Rakhine.

Ethiopia: 30 killed, 18 injured in Ethiopian air strike on passenger truck near Sasit, Amhara

On Monday 19 Feb, at least 30 civilians were killed and 18 injured when an Ethiopian drone struck a truck while it was dropping off passengers near Sasit, Amhara.

Explosive Violence in January 2024

In January 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 5,612 deaths and injuries from 757 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 85% (4,783) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Pakistan: 30 people killed in twin bombings on election offices in Balochistan, 7 Feb 2024

In a continuation of the surge in violence Pakistan has experienced in the build-up to elections on February 8th, two IED attacks on political offices killed up to 30 people, and injured at least 40 more on February 7th.