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 […]

Sierra Leone launches weapons marking and registration programme

Last week marked the launch of the Sierra Leone Weapons Marking and Computerisation Programme, which is managed by the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) and supported by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Hon. Joseph B. Dauda, Minister of Internal Affairs, led the event which showcased a marking demonstration by newly trained members […]

In focus: Kristen Rand, Legislative Director of the Violence Policy Center

AOAV:  What is the Violence Policy Centre? Kristen Rand:  We’re a national non-profit organisation, and we do research and policy development and advocacy to reduce gun violence in America. AOAV: What is your main role in the policy centre? Rand:  I’m the legislative director, I handle all of our lobbying and legislative activities.  We are sort […]

In focus: Doug Weir, Toxic Remnants of War Project

Doug Weir is the International Coordinator of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons and Project Manager of the Toxic Remnants of War Project. AOAV: What’s the problem with toxic remnants of war? Doug Weir: At the moment there is a huge disparity between protection of health from toxic materials in peace time and consumer goods, versus […]

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 […]