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[Published: Saturday January 12 2019]

 Explosive violence in December 2018

LONDON, 12 Jan. - (ANA) - In December 2018, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) recorded 1,475 deaths and injuries from 183 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 53% (783) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
When explosive violence was used in populated areas, 85% of all casualties were civilians, compared to 14% in other areas.
In total, 50% of all civilian casualties from explosive violence last month were caused by improvised explosive devices (IEDs), whilst 11% were caused by ground-launched explosives and 30% by air-launched explosives – the remaining were from landmines, attacks using multiple explosive weapons, or unclear launch methods.
At least one death or injury from explosive violence was recorded in 27 countries and territories last month. The five worst impacted countries were Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iran and Colombia, in terms of civilian casualties.
In Syria, US-led coalition airstrikes continued to be the leading cause of civilian harm from explosive weapons. Of the civilians killed and injured in Syria last month, 65% were caused by airstrikes from the US-led coalition on ISIS-held areas in Deir Ezzor.  - (ANA) -
AB/ANA/12 January 2019 - - -

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