Briefing note: Explosive weapons use in Yemen, 2014-2023

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) presents a briefing note on the impact of air strikes in Yemen over the past ten years (2014-2023).

Comparative analysis of hospital attacks in Gaza and Ukraine: 2022-2023

This article analyzes attacks on hospitals in Gaza and Ukraine from 2022 to 2023, highlighting the higher casualty rates in Gaza and the overall frequent targeting of medical facilities, which constitutes a grave violation of international humanitarian norms.

Suffer the children: the child casualties of Operation Swords of Iron

AOAV finds that Operation Swords of Iron has caused the highest number of child casualties from air strikes out of all four operations, though the rate of harm to children per air strike is lower than Operation Wall Guardian

Numbers of civilian deaths per injurious airstrike in 2023 Gaza at least four times higher than previous Israeli bombings, AOAV finds

The “Operation Swords of Iron” in Gaza, October 2023, has seen a significant surge in civilian deaths from airstrikes, with fatalities per strike exceeding past operations and raising questions about adherence to international humanitarian law.

The names of 729 of the hundreds of civilians killed by Hamas – the names released so far

Hundreds of Hamas gunmen attacked Israeli communities near Gaza, resulting in hundreds dead. This is a list of the civilian names known so far (Nov 2 2023)

‘Our Main Motto is – Survive’: The Scarred Suburbs of Saltivka, Ukraine

Ukraine’s second biggest city, Kharkiv, has suffered from thousands of missile attacks since Russia’s invasion. How are residents dealing with the destruction?

AOAV’s data briefing in the surge of armed violence in Sudan, with a focus on air strikes, and its underlying causes

Since April 2023, Sudan has experienced a troubling surge in violence, heavily impacting civilians through explosive incidents and air strikes, largely driven by a complex internal power struggle within the country’s military leadership. Here AOAV unpicks the data.

Escalating violence in Gaza: Israeli strikes kill 17 Palestinian civilians, sparks rocket response

In an escalating conflict, Israeli air strikes have claimed the lives of 15 Palestinians, including three Islamic Jihad commanders, which provoked a response of over 60 rockets fired towards Israel from Palestinian militants.

Explosive Violence in August 2022

In August 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 3,196 deaths and injuries from 454 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 65% (2,067) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

Casualty reporting in Ukraine: AOAV debate in UK Houses of Parliament with Nobel Peace Prize winner Oleksandra Matviychuk

In July 2022, AOAV convened a meeting in the Houses of Parliament to discuss casualty recording in Ukraine.

Explosive Violence in June 2022

In June 2022, Action on Armed Violence recorded 2,442 deaths and injuries from 399 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 71% (1,730) of the deaths and injuries recorded.

“Those who suffered the most were the people” – composer Him Sophy on the impact of explosive violence in Cambodia, and the power of music to heal

Him Sophy is an internationally acclaimed Cambodian composer, who has dedicated himself to helping heal the trauma of violence in his country through music.