Human Rights Watch finds Russian strikes killed scores of civilians in Chernihiv, Ukraine

A Human Rights Watch investigation found that four air and ground-launched attacks on the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, in March 2022, were in clear violation of the laws of war.

45 Killed and 120 Injured in Helicopter-Supported Attack on Kaduna Villages, Nigeria

On Sunday 5 June, a large group of fighters armed with AK-47s arrived on motorbikes and opened fire on multiple villages in Nigeria’s Kaduna state. As the inhabitants mobilised to repel the attack, a helicopter engaged in airstrikes against them, providing cover for the attackers. As of Thursday morning, locals count 45 people killed and 120 people injured.

At Least Three Killed and 19 Injured in 9th Recorded Russian Air Strike on a School in Ukraine

At least three people were killed and 19 injured in a Russian airstrike on schools in Novhorod-Siverskyi, Chernihiv, on Thursday 12 May. Russian troops reportedly fired several missiles at a school and boarding school, damaging an administrative building and some residential houses in the ensuing fire.

Russian bombings of hospitals and healthcare

Since 2015, AOAV has recorded 12 incidents of Russian bombings of hospitals, resulting in 124 civilian casualties, 45 of whom were killed and 79 injured.

Explosive Violence in April 2022

In April 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2, 143 deaths and injuries from 237 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 80% (1, 722) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

At Least 62 Killed in Russian Strike on School

At least 62 people were killed in a Russian airstrike on a school, on Saturday 7 May 2022. 90 people were using the school as a shelter in the village of Bilohorivka, and following the strike, 30 have been pulled from the rubble.

Explosive Violence in March 2022

In March 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,856 deaths and injuries from 216 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 73% (2,074) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Dutch government admits airstrike killed up to 70 people in Iraq

A Dutch F-16 jet killed around 70 people in Iraq on 2 June 2015, a letter from from the Dutch defence ministry on Monday has confirmed.

Explosive violence in July 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In July 2015, AOAV recorded 4,990 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 76% of […]

Why it matters that we were not told that UK pilots are involved in air strikes in Syria.

Has the government been lying to us? That’s the question people are asking after last week’s revelation that UK pilots have been involved in carrying out air strikes in Syria, in spite of assurances that Parliament would vote on any such expansion of the anti-ISIS bombing campaign. The news comes as further proof of a […]

Explosive violence in May 2015

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) records incidents of explosive violence as they occur around the world. Since 1 October 2010 AOAV has used English-language media sources to capture information on attacks, including on the number of casualties and the weapon type used. In May 2015, AOAV recorded a total of 3,696 deaths and injuries from […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Air-launched weapons

Air-launched explosive weapons Air-launched explosive weapons killed and injured 5,868 civilians in 2014 (18% of all recorded).  Civilian casualties from aerial explosive weapons in 2014 almost tripled from 2013 levels. 17 countries and territories saw casualties in 2014. Almost half (43%, 2,504 people) of civilian casualties from air-launched explosive weapons were in Syria, and 35% […]