Explosive violence in Gaza in 2016
- There were six incidents of explosive violence that have led to death or injury in Gaza in 2016.
- All were perpetrated by the IDF
- The incidents caused five armed actor deaths and injuries and at least 13 civilians, including at least three children.
- At least three of the incidents targeted populated areas. Air-launched explosives were used in all incidents.
- Though this explosive violence does not even begin to reach the levels perpetrated in July and August 2014, it still speaks to the unrest and tension across Gaza.
Explosive violence trends and patterns in Gaza (2011-2016)
- When monitoring the figures for the last six years Gaza was the 7th most affected country from explosive violence.
- AOAV recorded 5,282 deaths and injuries from explosive violence over the last six years 2011-2016.
- Of these 91% (4,793) were civilians.
- 80% of all civilian deaths and injuries were recorded in 2014.
- 98% of all deaths and injuries from explosive violence in the last six years in Gaza has been perpetrated by a state actor – the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
- In 2014, Gaza had more civilian casualties of explosive weapons use than anywhere else in the world other than Iraq and Syria.
- AOAV recorded 3,813 civilian deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Gaza in 2014, almost all occurring in July and August, in what is known as ‘Operation Protective Edge’.
Details of the 2014 attacks are captured in AOAV’s report Explosive States: Monitoring explosive violence in 2014.
In addition, we examined the rules of engagement undertaken by the Israeli military in our report: Under Fire: Israel’s artillery policies scrutinised.
UN says bombing of towns and cities must stop
The UN Secretary-General has highlighted the civilian suffering caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas (courtesy of INEW).
‘Under Fire’ – Israel’s artillery policies scrutinised
AOAV report on how the IDF's changes to rules of engagement for artillery shelling have increased the risk to civilians in Gaza.
New report shows male civilians at particular risk of being killed by explosive weapons
AOAV report shows that in July 2014, male civilians were more likely than female civilians to be killed by explosive weapons in Syria and Gaza.
Explosive States: AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2014
Global civilian casualties from explosive violence in 2014 increased for the third year running, up 5% from 2013.
Explosive weapon harm: mental health and psychological impacts
AOAV looks at the devastating impact on explosive weapon use on the mental health of civilians