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Armed conflicts in 2023 more than any year since World War II: Report

A new study has found that 2023 witnessed the largest number of armed conflicts since the end of World War II.

According to the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), at least 59 armed conflicts took place across the world last year, with Gaza genocide and the war in Ukraine on the top.

While Africa saw 28 conflicts, Asia with 17 and the Middle East with 10 were on the second and third position in the list. Only three conflicts were recorded in Europe and a single one in America.

“This development makes it increasingly difficult for actors like aid groups and civil society organisations to manoeuvre the conflict landscape and improve the lives of ordinary people,” said Siri Aas Rustad, PRIO researcher and the main author.

“Violence in the world is at an all-time high since the end of the Cold War,” Rustad added.

Despite an increase in wars last year, there were fewer nations experiencing conflict—34 compared to 39 in 2022.

According to data collected by Sweden’s Uppsala University from nongovernmental and international organisations, the number of deaths caused by conflicts last year was 122,000.

The number is the third highest since 1989, and more people have died as a result of conflicts in the last three years than at any other point in the previous thirty years.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza, and the civil war in Ethiopia’s Tigray area served as the major factors.

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