'Crazy numbers': civilian deaths from airstrikes almost double in a year

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British involvement under scrutiny after study identifies 42% rise in number of civilians killed by explosives

More than 15,000 civilians were killed by explosive weapons in 2017, a jump of 42% in a year, according to a global survey seen by the Guardian.

The rise – driven by airstrikes, which killed almost double the number of civilians in 2017 compared with the previous year – coincided with US-led military operations to reclaim the Islamic State strongholds of Mosul, in Iraq, and Raqqa, in Syria.

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