Explosive Violence Monitor: 17-24 June 2022

From the 17 to the 24 of June, AOAV has recorded 93 incidents of explosive violence around the world, and 321 civilian casualties.

11 agricultural labourers killed, 34 injured in landmine explosion, Daraa Governorate, Syria

On Saturday 11 June, 11 labourers travelling towards agricultural lands near the village of Deir al-Adas were killed, and 34 were injured, when their pick-up truck ran over a landmine and blew up. Five children and three women are amongst the deceased.

Explosive Violence in May 2022

In May 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,165 deaths and injuries from 418 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 76% (1, 641) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Beyond Ukraine: since 24 February 2022, non-state actors have caused 70% of civilian casualties of explosive violence in populated areas

While Europe’s media hones in on the devastating conflict in Ukraine, parallel conflicts involving state and non-state actors go under-reported and forgotten. AOAV’s data shows that, as Ukraine burns, the world is still on fire – and civilians still suffer the brunt of explosive violence everywhere.

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. 

Car bomb kills 19 civilians in northern Syria

On 6th October 2020, at least 19 civilians were killed in a car bomb explosion in a northern Syrian town controlled by Turkish-backed forces.  80 civilians were wounded when the vehicle exploded near a bus station in al-Bab, about 40km (25 miles) north-east of Aleppo. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, there […]

Press significantly under-reported explosive violence in Syria, AOAV study shows

Major news outlets have significantly under-reported the incidents of explosive violence during the Syrian conflict, a review by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has found. Between March 2011 and May 2019, there were more than 4,800 explosive weapon attacks in Syria that caused reported casualties, as recorded by AOAV from global English-language media sources. However, […]

RAF implicated in 16 civilian deaths from airstrikes – new evidence

The US military believes there to be “credible” evidence that RAF airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have resulted in at least 16 civilian deaths in total.

The gendered effects of explosive weapons examined: an AOAV-Chatham House review

This is a summary report from a joint AOAV-Chatham House round-table examining gender and explosive weapons that took place on 26th November 2019.

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 […]

Gender and mental health in the Syrian conflict

By January 2013, less than two years into the Syrian conflict, there were only three public mental health facilities in Syria remaining. Between late December 2012 and early January 2013, one of these facilities, the Ibn Khaldun Psychiatric Hospital, suffered severe shelling and bombardment. The intensity of this attack forced doctors to flee the hospital, […]

UK arms exports to Russia

Russia: Country overview The Russian Federation is the world’s largest country in terms of size, spanning northern Asia and much of eastern Europe, with an estimated population of 142 million. A federal semi-presidential republic, Russia has been effectively ruled for the past two decades by one man: Vladimir Putin. Putin became the country’s president in 2000 and, […]