Civilian deaths from explosive weapons rise

Civilian deaths from explosive weapons increased globally in 2014, according to a report titled, Explosive States, by advocacy group, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).

In this list of most affected countries, Pakistan stood at No 5.

Iraq with 10,735 deaths is No 1. Syria (6,247), Gaza (3,813), Nigeria (2,407) followed Iraq.

In 2014, 41,847 people were killed or injured by explosive weapons – of these 78% were civilians (32,662).

In populated areas civilians made up 92% of casualties.

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The good news: Pakistan dropped two places from third (with 4,268 deaths in 2013) to fifth (with 2,211 deaths in 2014) in this year’s AOAV report.

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KEY FINDINGS from Explosive States: Monitoring explosive violence in 2014

  • Civilian casualties from aerial explosive weapons in 2014 almost tripled from 2013 levels.
  • There were almost twice as many civilian casualties from barrel bombs in 2014 as in 2013.
  • There was a 53% rise in harm caused by mortars from 2013 – with 3,000 civilian casualties in 15 countries.
  • Suicide bombs caused 5,501 civilian casualties in 2014 in 17 countries.
  • State forces caused 28% of civilian casualties in 2014, up from 11% in 2013.
  • Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Nigeria and Pakistan were the worst places to be a civilian. Over 10,000 civilian casualties from explosive weapons were recorded in Iraq for the second year in a row, as ISIS took towns and cities across the country.

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Pakistanis are facing the twin risk of terrorism and conflict resulting in civilian deaths. – Global Terrorism Database

Download the full AOAV Explosive States report here.

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