By Jennifer Dathan
In the first half of 2017, civilian deaths from air-launched explosive violence have risen by 44% compared to the same period in 2016, new figures reveal.
Within the first six months of 2017, UK-based charity Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has recorded at least 2,945 civilian deaths from air-launched explosives as reported in English language media. Of these deaths, 88% took place in populated areas, such as homes, markets, hospitals and schools.
In May 2017, Action on Armed Violence recorded 3,223 deaths and injuries caused by explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 82% (2,649) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
This represents a 48% increase in the number of civilians killed or injured compared to April 2017, when there were 1,794 civilian deaths and injuries.
The report, Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, regional and global initiatives, seeks to respond to the threat posed by IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) by investigating the C-IED (Counter-IED) initiatives that are being conducted around the world. The report focuses on three of the most-impacted regions: the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel. The paper also identifies Afghanistan, Kenya, Somalia, Pakistan and Ukraine as five additional countries that are highly impacted by IEDs and therefore warrant examination.
In April 2017, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,888 deaths and injuries caused by explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media.
Civilians accounted for 62% (1,794) of these deaths and injuries.
This represents a slight decrease in the percentage of civilians killed or injured compared to March 2017. This is due to the rise in explosive violence targeting armed actors, such as state militaries and police.
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Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has a central mission: to carry out research and advocacy in order to reduce the incidence and impact of global armed violence. The charity campaigns to strengthen international laws and standards on the availability and use of conventional and improvised weapons. It also works to build recognition of the rights of survivors of armed violence, and to research, understand and act effectively on the root causes of armed violence.