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.

Mines and UXOs in Populated Areas Are Passive, Indiscriminate Killers

Over the past week, AOAV has recorded nine incidents of explosive violence in Yemen, as reported in English-language news sources, and 57 civilian casualties. 55% (5) of those incidents have involved mines, and mines caused 21% of civilian casualties of explosive violence in Yemen this past week. 7% (4) of civilian casualties of explosive violence in Yemen this week were caused by a UXO explosion.

UK arms exports to Saudis to continue amid record missile sales

The UK saw its largest quarterly increase in arms export to Saudi Arabia since the Kingdom began their bombing campaign in Yemen, official figures reveal. And last night, in a debate on Yemen in parliament, the government showed no sign of aligning with President Biden’s commitment, announced last week, to stop arming Saudi Arabia’s offensive […]

‘Military Age Males’ in US Drone Strikes

“It’s not about me. It’s about every civilian who has been killed in Waziristan.” These are the words of Faheem Qureshi, speaking to The Guardian in 2016. Faheem was one of the first casualties in President Obama’s drone campaign when, seven years before, on 23 January, 2009, his family home in North Waziristan was hit […]

UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Country overview The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located in the Arabian Peninsula, has a population of 32 million and enjoys a powerful political position both regionally and internationally. This is mainly due to its role as one of the world’s biggest oil exporting countries. Saudi Arabia is a monarchy, and King Salman bin Abdulaziz […]

UK arms exports to Yemen

Yemen: Country overview The Republic of Yemen, located in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula and bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman, has an estimated population of 27,5 million. The country is relatively new, established in 1990 after a unification of southern and northern Yemen. Abdullah Saleh had ruled the country since its independence, but […]

UK arms exports to the UAE

The United Arab Emirates: Country overview The United Arab Emirates (UAE), located in the Persian Gulf bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia, is a federation of seven semiautonomous emirates with a resident population of approximately 8.1 million, of whom an estimated 11 per cent are citizens. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been the UAE’s […]

Vocative highlights AOAV’s evidence that bombs in Yemen kill or injure five civilians for every armed casualty

This article was first published by Vocativ. It was written by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh on 23 September 2015, and can be read here.  Airstrikes, tank shells and IEDs used by both sides in Yemen’s ongoing war are wiping out an alarming number of innocent people, according to a new report By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh on […]

Explosions Hurt More Civilians In Yemen Than In Syria This Year

This article was published by The Huffington Post on 25 September 2015, written by Charlotte Alfred. The original article can be read here. Read the report: State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen More civilians have been killed or injured by explosive weapons in Yemen this year than in any other country in the world, […]

Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Deposed President, Returns to Yemen

The following article was published by The New York Times on 22 September 2015. It features AOAV’s research on the impact of explosive weapons in Yemen. The original article, written by Shauib Almosawa and Kareem Fahim, can be found here. Read the report: State of Crisis: Explosive Weapons in Yemen SANA, Yemen — President Abdu […]

Yemen: the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons highlighted by the UN

AOAV and UN OCHA (the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), produced a report in September 2015 on the humanitarian impact of explosive weapons in Yemen. It found that in the first seven months of 2015, between 1 January and 31 July 2015, AOAV had recorded more civilian deaths and injuries from explosive weapons […]