By Jennifer Dathan on 11 Jan 2017
The responses that have been developed to mitigate the harm caused by Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are diverse, a diversity essential given the multi-faceted nature of the problem. Those various efforts that seek to mitigate IED harm are, as such, often collated under the broad heading of counter-IED (CIED). Traditional CIED efforts have generally comprised three lines of effort: attack the network, defeat the device and train the force.
Last month, November 2016, AOAV recorded 3,380 deaths and injuries from explosive violence globally. Civilians accounted for 83% of the casualties. When examining instances where explosive violence was used in populated areas in November, civilians accounted for 97% of the deaths and injuries caused.
Whilst the civilian deaths and injuries recorded this month remained just slightly higher than the monthly average for this year, the total was lower than average. There was a notable decrease in deaths and injuries caused by explosive violence compared to the previous few months.
Over three times the numbers of civilians have been killed or injured in Aleppo by explosive violence this year compared to the same period last year, new data shows.
As fierce fighting in Aleppo halts the ceasefire evacuation, and the future of its inhabitants remain in the balance, latest data from Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) brings home the impact of explosive violence there in stark figures.
In recent years, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) have consistently been recorded as causing the most civilian deaths and injuries of all explosive weapon types around the world. Second only to small arms, they are the weapon of violence that inflicts the most harm to civilians, and yet the international attempts to stem such harm is often lacking in both coordination and commitment.
In October 2016, AOAV recorded 4,749 deaths and injuries in 237 incidents of explosive violence. Of these deaths and injuries, 77% (3,640) were civilians. This means October accounted for the worst month of explosive violence recorded so far this year, with not only the most civilian deaths and injuries but also the highest total deaths and injuries.
On average 153 people were killed each day by explosive violence in October. Importantly, it is also worth noting that of those killed and injured by explosive violence in populated areas 97% were civilian.