Use of bombs in populated areas is having a devastating effect on civilians, say reports

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 06 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2161
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Thousands of civilians were reported killed or injured by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas over the past six months, say campaigners trying to limit the possibility of such attacks worldwide.

“Our ongoing monitoring of bombings of populated areas paints a grim picture: around 10 000 direct civilian deaths and injuries in 63 countries in the past six months,” said Katherine Harrison, co-author of the report, 100 Incidents of Humanitarian Harm, by the group Action on Armed Violence.

The analysis has shown that such weapons are causing “greater devastation than previously thought,” on people’s health, homes, jobs, security, and massive problems for survivors, Esther Cann, the group’s research coordinator, told reporters.

The report documents …

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