Explosive weapons used in cities kill civilians 91% of time, finds study

Explosive weapons used in cities kill civilians 91% of time, finds studyMay 25, 2021

Human rights campaigners urge world leaders to agree to restrict use of bombs in built-up areas

Civilians accounted for 91% of those killed or injured by explosive weapons in populated areas worldwide over the last 10 years – a total of 238,892 people – according to a study of thousands of incidents.

The stark statistic – encompassing both state and terrorist violence – has prompted the report’s authors to call on governments to agree to an international ban on the use of explosive weapons in built-up areas, which is now in draft form.

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