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07 Dec 2018 description

In November 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,516 deaths and injuries from 238 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 60% (1,504) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 89% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 11% in other areas.

22 Nov 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 19 Nov 2018

On November 17th 2018, US-led coalition airstrikes killed 43 people, mostly civilians, in ISIS-controlled Abu Husn village in Deir Ezzor province, Syria.

Of the dead, 36 are family members of ISIS, including 17 children. Whilst another seven victims have not yet been identified as either civilians or ISIS fighters.

13 Nov 2018 description

On Friday, November 9th 2018, a series of car bombs, including suicide car bombings, in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, left 58 killed and over 100 injured.

It was reported that 21 victims were pronounced dead at the scene whilst the remainder died in hospital.

13 Nov 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 12 Nov 2018

Last month, October 2018, the US-led coalition was responsible for 46% of civilian casualties from all explosive weapon use in Syria. All reported civilian casualties from airstrikes were perpetrated by the US-led coalition on ISIS-occupied areas in Deir Ezzor, particularly Hajin and Al Sousa.

08 Oct 2018 description

In September 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 1,849 deaths and injuries from 256 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 58% (1,066) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 89% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 16% in other areas.

17 Sep 2018 description

In August 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,070 deaths and injuries from 264 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 61% (1,269) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 90% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 20% in other areas.

11 Sep 2018 description

In response to the call for submissions for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s inquiry on Human Rights Work, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) provided written evidence on supporting the Rights of Victims from the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The written evidence can be seen here.

11 Sep 2018 description

In response to the call for submissions for the Defence Committee’s inquiry into UK Military Operations in Mosul and Raqqa, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) provided written evidence on the civilian harm recorded from these operations.

The written evidence can be seen here.

16 Aug 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 15 Aug 2018

Today, August 15th 2018, a suicide bomber targeted a tuition centre as teaching was under way in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. The attack left at least 48 dead and a further 67 injured.

Many amongst the casualties are thought to be teenagers getting extra tuition as they prepare for university entrance exams.

The centre is located in a mostly Shia Muslim neighbourhood of the capital.

13 Aug 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan

On Thursday, August 9th 2018, a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit a school bus near a market in Dahyan city in the Houthi-controlled province of Saada, Yemen. At least 29 children were killed in the airstrike and a further 30 children wounded.

09 Aug 2018 description

In July 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 3,151 deaths and injuries from 279 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 75% (2,362) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 86% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 31% in other areas.

07 Aug 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan

On Friday, August 3rd 2018, a suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Gardez city, in Afghanistan’s Paktia province, left at least 48 dead and over 70 injured.

Two suicide bombers, said to be disguised in burkas, carried out the attack which has been claimed by ISISthrough their Amaq news agency.

04 Aug 2018 description

On Thursday, August 2nd 2018, Saudi-led coalition airstrikes hit a busy fish market and outside the entrance to al-Thawra hospital in Hudaydah, Yemen. At least 28 were killed in the airstrikes and a further 70 were injured.

01 Aug 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan

Today, July 31st 2018, a roadside bomb hit a passenger bus in Bala Buluk district of Farah province, Afghanistan, killing at least 11 and injuring a further 31. All the casualties are reported to be civilians, with women and children amongst them.

The bus had been travelling from Herat province towards Kabul.

26 Jul 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 25 Jul 2018

Today, July 25th 2018, a suicide bombing outside a polling station in Quetta, Pakistan, killed 31 and left more than 30 injured. Both police and civilians are amongst the dead and wounded. Eight of the injured were reported to be in a critical condition.

The bomber had attempted to enter the polling station but when prevented by police he detonated the explosives outside.

24 Jul 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 23 Jul 2018

On Sunday, July 22nd 2018, a suicide bomber targeted crowds that had gathered at Kabul airport to welcome home Afghanistan’s Vice President, Abdul Rashid Dostum, from exile. The blast left 23 dead and at least 107 injured.

The Vice President, travelling in an armoured car, escaped harm.

19 Jul 2018 description

In the first half of 2018, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,002 civilian casualties from explosive violence in Afghanistan, compared to the 1,581 civilian casualties recorded in the same period last year – an increase of 27%.

From January to the end of June 2018, the main cause of civilian casualties from explosive violence in Afghanistan continues to be improvised explosive devices (IEDs), responsible for 83% of all civilian casualties.

19 Jul 2018 description

By Jennifer Dathan on 19 Jul 2018

Late Tuesday, July 17th 2018, Syrian government forces began a bombing campaign that lasted through the following day on the densely-populated rebel-held town of Nawa and surrounding villages in Daraa governorate. The bombing left at least 14 dead and 150 injured.

The airstrikes also hit the town’s only hospital, putting it out of action and causing many casualties. An orthopaedist, one of the town’s last, was killed in the bombing campaign.

With only one ambulance, civilians relied on cars to move the casualties.

13 Jul 2018 description

In June 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 2,461 deaths and injuries from 257 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 67% (1,641) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 89% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 15% in other areas.

06 Jul 2018 description

Despite there being an overall decrease in the global number of civilian casualties from explosive violence in the first six months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, there has been significant rise in civilian casualties in some of the hardest hit countries, new figures reveal.