Explosive Violence in January

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 ‘Dirty Dozen’: The ODAB-500 PM

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The ODAB 500 PM is a fuel-air explosive bomb, also known as a vacuum bomb, which can […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The OFAB 100-120

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The OFAB 100-120 are part of a family of unguided bombs owned by Syria that can be […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The S-25 OFM

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The S-25 is the largest air-launched rocket in Syria. The OFM warhead is designed to attack hardened […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The Type-63

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The Type-63 is a multiple rocket launcher that fires up to twelve rockets from 3×4 rows of […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The Sakr

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The Sakr rockets used in Syria are designed like the Grad rockets but with cluster munition warheads containing […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The Luna-M/Frog-7

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. FROG means Free Rocket Over Ground. It is a ballistic rocket often confused with similar Scud-like missiles. Infographic: […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The M-240

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The world’s heaviest mortar, the 53-F-864 240mm bomb is fired by only two systems, both Russian-made. In […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The M-1943/M43

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The 120mm is a heavy mortar that is common in state arsenals. Many countries have replaced the […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The D-30

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The 120mm is a heavy mortar that is common in state arsenals. Many countries have replaced the […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The 2S3 Akatsiya

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The 2S3 is a self-propelled artillery system, introduced in 1974. It normally fires the OF-540 high explosive shell which […]

Syria’s ‘Dirty Dozen’: The T-72 Tank

In a major new investigation, AOAV shines a spotlight on twelve of the worst explosive weapons in Syria, investigating some of the biggest and most dangerous bombs, shells, and rockets. Weapons whose wide-area effect are tearing civilians’ lives apart. The T-72M is the export version of the Russian-made main battle tank. It fires the 125mm OF-26, […]