|[Published: Thursday May 31 2018]
New global report tracks anti-vehicle mine incidents in 2017
STOCKHOLM, 31 May. - (ANA) - SIPRI and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) have released a new global report of anti-vehicle mine (AVM) incidents in 2017. The report finds 169 incidents related, or suspected to be related, to AVMs in 24 states and territories in 2017. The five states with the highest numbers of AVM casualties in 2017 were Pakistan, Ukraine, Mali, Chad and Yemen.
The report finds 169 incidents related, or suspected to be related, to anti-vehicle mines (AVMs) in 24 states and territories. These incidents caused 487 casualties in 2017 (166 dead and 321 injured).
Between 2015 and 2017, the GICHD and SIPRI recorded 528 AVM incidents that caused 1,508 casualties. This indicates that 503 people have been killed or injured from 176 incidents on average every year.
Civilians were majority of casualties from anti-vehicle mines in 2017
The report finds that more than half of the casualties from AVMs were civilians. In some states, AVMs present a greater threat to civilian populations than anti-personnel mines, yet their use is restricted little in international law. The five states with highest numbers of AVM casualties in 2017 were Pakistan, Ukraine, Mali, Chad and Yemen. - (ANA) -
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