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 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- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Air-launched weapons

Air-launched explosive weapons Air-launched explosive weapons killed and injured 5,868 civilians in 2014 (18% of all recorded).  Civilian casualties from aerial explosive weapons in 2014 almost tripled from 2013 levels. 17 countries and territories saw casualties in 2014. Almost half (43%, 2,504 people) of civilian casualties from air-launched explosive weapons were in Syria, and 35% […]

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 […]

Explosive violence in April 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. April saw 2,917 casualties of explosive violence, 83% of whom were civilians. For […]

Civilian casualty levels in Afghanistan at their worst for five years

Civilian deaths and injuries last year were at their highest since 2009, says the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). More than 10,000 Afghan civilians were violently killed or injured last year. Earlier this week, UNAMA released its annual report on the situation of civilians in the armed conflict. The report monitors civilian casualties […]

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 […]

“Notorious”: Human Rights Watch speaks out against rocket use in Ukraine

Unguided Grad rockets have been used by both forces affiliated with the Ukraine government and those opposed to it, Human Rights Watch say in a new press release launched Friday. At least 16 civilians have been killed in these attacks in the city of Donetsk between 12 and 21 July. In one attack, six civilians […]

Afghanistan: Civilian casualties from mortars and crossfire at unprecedented levels, says UN

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have climbed 24% in the first six months of the year, driven in large part by a spike in fighting with large and often inaccurate explosive weapons like mortars. For the first time since 2009 these clashes were the main cause of civilian casualties (deaths and injuries) in the country. The […]

A state of anarchy: Amnesty condemn reckless shelling of eastern Libya

Libyan armed forces and armed groups must immediately stop the reckless shelling of populated areas, Amnesty International said today. The last few weeks has seen heavy clashes erupt in eastern Libya, particularly in and around the flashpoint city of Benghazi. Forces affiliated with a renegade former general Khalifa Haftar have been bombing militia camps with […]

Air strike in Ukraine: An eastern crisis worsens

Explosive violence is steadily spreading in eastern Ukraine. A reported air strike this week in the urban heart of downtown Lugansk, in which civilians are thought to have been killed, is the latest and perhaps most alarming escalation in the crisis. While the exact causes and casualties from the 2 June incident are still unclear […]

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 […]