Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. In the last month of 2016, there were at least 3,634 casualties of explosive violence (people killed and injured). Civilians made up 74% of all the people who were recorded killed or injured around the world by explosive weapons in December.
Whilst , the civilian deaths fell compared to the previous month, the armed actor deaths rose. Both returning close to the monthly average for each during 2016.
The proliferation of IEDs by armed groups, resulting from explosive materials taken from poorly-monitored ammunition sites, is a growing and substantial issue facing the international community. Securing ammunition stockpiles is a pressing concern in itself. According to a UN Security Report of the Secretary General, over the past decades, unintended explosive events relating to poorly stored or managed ammunition stockpiles have affected more than 50 countries.
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.