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Last Updated: 24 November 2014

Casualties and Victim Assistance


Casualties Overview

All known casualties by end 2013

569 mine/ERW casualties (115 killed; 454 injured)

Casualties in 2013

0 (2012: 7)

2013 casualties by outcome

0 (2012: 1 killed; 6 injured)

2013 casualties by item type


In 2013, no mine/explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties were reported in Kosovo (under UN resolution 1244).[1]

In 2012, seven mine/ERW casualties were identified in Kosovo in four separate incidents.[2] Two ERW casualties were reported in a single incident in 2011.[3] No casualties from antipersonnel mines in minefields have been reported in Kosovo since 2004.

Between 1999 and 2013, 569 mine/ERW/unexploded submunition casualties (115 killed; 454 injured) were identified in Kosovo. The vast majority of casualties (438 or 77%) were recorded between 1999 and 2000.[4]

Cluster munition casualties

At least 178 casualties from incidents involving unexploded submunitions were recorded between 1999 and the end of 2013.[5] An additional 25 casualties, which occurred during the cluster munition strikes in 1999, were also recorded.[6]

In August 2014, a young man was killed by an unexploded cluster submunition in the municipality of Istok.[7] Before that, the last reported casualty from unexploded submunitions occurred in 2009.


[1] Email from Andrew Moore, HALO Trust, 25 June 2013.

[2] Email from Ahmet Sallova, Head, Kosovo Mine Action Center, 30 September 2013.

[3] Email from Admir Berisha, Kosovo Programme Manager, HALO Trust, 5 April 2012.

[4] “List of Mine/UXO Civilian Victims in Kosovo 1999–2010,” provided by email from Bajram Krasniqi, Ministry for the Kosovo Security Force (MKSF), 21 March 2011; and email from Ahmet Sallova, Kosovo Mine Action Center, 30 September 2013.

[5] Handicap International (HI), Circle of Impact: The Fatal Footprint of Cluster Munitions on People and Communities (Brussels: HI, May 2007), p. 69; “Mine wounds two children in Kosovo,” Agence France-Presse (Pristina), 9 April 2007; “Land mine explodes in Kosovo; 4 children injured,” International Herald Tribune, 9 November 2007; email from Bajram Krasniqi, UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), 5 May 2009; and telephone interview with Bajram Krasniqi, UNMIK, 1 July 2009.

[7]Rreziku nga minat nuk ka kaluar,” (The mine danger has not passed) RKT Live, 8 August 2014.