30,000 people killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2019
HI partner organisation Action On Armed Violence (AOAV) releases figures on explosive violence casualties in 2019.
City of Kobané in North Syria after heavy bombing in 2016 | © P. Houliat / HI
Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has recorded 29,500 deaths and injuries from the use of explosive weapons around the world in 2019. Civilians continued to bear the burden of harm, accounting for 66% (or 19,400) of total casualties (killed and injured).
When explosive weapons were used in populated areas, over 90% of those killed and injured were civilians. 17,900 civilian casualties were recorded in populated areas, whereas 1,500 civilian casualties were killed in injured in areas not reported as populated.
Some countries saw sharp rises of civilian casualties: Afghanistan saw a 9% rise in civilian harm; Somalia saw a 14% rise; and Libya saw a 131% rise.
In total, manufactured weapons caused 51% of global civilian harm from explosive weapons, while improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused 49%.
HI advocacy Director Anne Héry