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Military Intervention: Casualties

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 30452, tabled on 9 March 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian casualties have resulted from direct UK military action in each theatre of operation in each of the last 12 months.

Answered on

14 March 2016

Defence records show there have been no civilian casualities as a result of UK military action in any operational theatre in the last 12 months.

We take very seriously our responsibility to protect innocent civilian life when planning UK military operations. Our targeting procedures are rigorous, and we take every possible precaution to ensure that no civilian lives are lost when conducting strike missions.

If we had any reason to believe - either from our own analysis or from other reports - that there might have been civilian casualties, a full investigation would be conducted.

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