Case 7 “On Civilian Harm”: Indirect fire
On 3 June 2015, shelling by armed groups hit the Maryinka District Central Hospital, and caused the destruction of a hospital department and several ambulance bays. The chapter "Indirect Fire: A hospital caught in a war zone (Ukraine, 2015)" explores how the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA), in particular of explosives with wide-area effects, has affected the quality, accessibility and availability of health care in eastern Ukraine, raising important questions about the reverberating effects caused by explosives and of allowing the use of EWIPA.
In ‘On Civilian Harm’, we explore the ways in which civilians are negatively affected by violent conflict, offer tools and language to discuss the phenomenon, make practical recommendations for civilian harm mitigation and raise questions for further debate. The book contains in-depth analysises of 13 particular events in which harm to civilians occurred as a consequence of use of armed violence. Taken together, they contribute to an increased understanding of the variety and complexity of civilian harm at a conceptual level, bringing out common traits and patterns on civilian harm in violent conflict.
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Date of publication:
Jun 10, 2021
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