-- The number of innocent people who have lost their lives to airstrikes, car bombs and suicide belts has increased dramatically over the last five years.
More than 33,000 civilians were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2015 -- that’s a 50 percent increase in five years, according to a new report from the Action on Armed Violence, a U.K.-based organization that aims to reduce global armed violence.
When explosives are used to attack populated areas, such as towns or cities, more than 90 percent of the people who die or are injured are civilians, the study states.
“We acknowledge the right for states to protect themselves, but the use of weaponry that is both inaccurate and causes wide-area effects we believe put civilians in incredible danger,” Iain Overton, AOAV’s director of policy and investigations, told ABC News. “We call on states to refrain from using explosive weapons in populated areas.”
“The mass diaspora of refugees we see in the gates of Europe is directly fueled by the use of explosive weapons in places like Syria and Iraq,” said Overton.
When world leaders meet for the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next month, one of the topics on the agenda will be how to spare civilians from violent attacks.