Explosive violence in Gaza

AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor, launched in October 2010, uses English-language media reports to capture information on the harm caused by explosive weapons around the world. This data is used by international organisations, researchers, journalists and advocacy groups to campaign for reduced civilian harm as a result of explosive violence.

Over the past decade (2014-2023), AOAV has recorded 1,644 incidents of explosive violence in Gaza, resulting in 19,862 casualties, of which 97% (19,283) were reported as civilians. Civilian casualties include at least 2,260 children, 1,130 women and 590 men. Of the civilian casualties, 57% (10,954) were reported as killed.

The three most affected regions in terms of civilian harm as a result of explosive violence over the past decade are ‘North’ (10,280 civilian casualties), ‘South’ (5,836), ‘Central’ (2,672).

Air-launched weapons were the deadliest form of weapons used, accounting for 88% (1,148) of all incidents recorded between 2014-2023, 84% (16,243) of total civilian casualties, and 89% (9,774) of all civilians killed within the decade.

The majority of harm from explosive weapons use in Gaza over the past decade was reportedly perpetrated by state actors, who account for 98% (1604) of all incidents and caused 98% (18,894) of all civilian casualties, as well as 97% (10,659) of all civilians killed within the decade.