The use of explosive weapons in populated areas has a devastating impact on civilians:
Bombing kills people and causes serious injuries, resulting in long-term suffering.
In 2016, over 45,000 people were killed or injured by explosive weapons.
The number of civilians killed has nearly doubled since 2011.
Bombing causes severe psychological trauma.
Bombing forces people to flee their homes.
Bombing destroys vital infrastructure like homes, schools, hospitals, and roads, preventing every aspect of social and economic life.
Bombing pollutes entire areas with explosive remnants of war, making it dangerous for people to return home once a conflict has ended.