Armenia

Casualties

Last updated: 19 November 2018

 

Casualties[1]

All known casualties(through 2017)

629 mine/unexploded remnants of war (ERW) casualties: 129 killed, 349 injured and 151 unknown *

Casualties in 2017

Annual total

 

2

Increase from 1 in 2016

Survival outcome

2 injured

 

Device type causing casualties

2 unspecified landmines

Civilian status

2 military

Age and gender

2 adults

 

Casualties in 2017 – details

In 2017, two mine/ERW incidents were reported in the Republic of Armenia, one on Armenia’s northeastern border area, and one in the Ararat region; two soldiers were injured in these incidents.[2]

Casualties continued in 2018; as of June, the Armenian Center for Humanitarian Demining and Expertise (CHDE) had identified three new casualties. Three persons were injured by an antivehicle mine in the Tavush region.[3]

Casualty trends

The 2017 casualty total is consistent with casualty figures in 2015 (two killed) and 2016 (one killed).

In 2016, CHDE identified one ERW casualty in the Republic of Armenia, a 13-year-old boy. The incident occurred on 21 November 2016, in the province of Ararat.[4] In 2015, two Azeri military personnel were killed in a minefield after crossing the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia.[5] CHDE identified 24 new mine casualties in 2014, including three people killed. The majority of new casualties were military, police, or deminers, with two killed and 17 injured. Of the five civilian casualties, one was killed and four were injured.[6] In 2013, six new mine casualties were identified.[7] In 2011, six mine casualties were recorded.[8]

In 2017, the CHDE reported that there were two mine/ERW incidents in 2012-including one indicated to be related to the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh-and no incident in 2014.[9] This differs significantly from previous CHDE reports.

*Total casualties, details 

As of the end of 2017, at least 629 mine/ERW casualties (129 killed; 349 injured; 151 of unknown status) had been reported in Armenia since the CHDE was founded in 2011.[10]

 



[1] Unless otherwise indicated, casualty data for 2017 is based on Monitor media monitoring from 1 January to 31 December 2017.

[3] Interview with Amalya Vanesyan, Center for Humanitarian Demining and Expertise (CHDE), Geneva, 7 and 8 June 2018.

[4] Email from Ruben Arakelyan, Director, CHDE, 21 April 2017.

[5]Bodies of missing Azerbaijani soldiers found,” Azernews, 25 June 2015.

[6] Email from Ruben Arakelyan, CHDE, 6 March 2015.

[8]Two Young Armenian Boys Injured from Land Mine,” Press.am, 25 January 2011; and United States (US) Department of State, “2011 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Armenia,” Washington, DC, 24 May 2012.

[9] Email from Ruben Arakelyan, Director, CHDE, 21 March 2017.

[10] Interview with Amalya Vanesyan, Center for Humanitarian Demining and Expertise (CHDE), Geneva, 7 and 8 June 2018. The CHDE however reported a total of 630 mine/ERW casualties as of June 2018. This total includes the three casualties identified in 2018, which thus differs slightly from the 2017 total.