On Monday 19 Feb, at least 30 civilians were killed and 18 injured when an Ethiopian drone struck a truck while it was dropping off passengers near Sasit, Amhara.
In the Ukrainian conflict, AOAV has recorded up to the 23 Feb, 23, 440 casualties from explosive weapon use across 4, 944 incidents; this includes some 19, 926 civilian casualties.
The U.S. State Department is probing Israeli airstrikes in Gaza that killed civilians and the suspected use of white phosphorus in Lebanon, potentially influencing future American military aid to Israel.
The article outlines the profound human and societal toll of the Afghanistan conflict, emphasizing the tragic loss of over 70,000 civilians, widespread mental health crises, the deteriorating state of healthcare, especially under Taliban rule, and the critical role of international aid in addressing one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises.
In January 2024, Action on Armed Violence recorded 5,612 deaths and injuries from 757 incidents of explosive violence around the world, as reported in English-language media. Civilians accounted for 85% (4,783) of the deaths and injuries recorded.
In a continuation of the surge in violence Pakistan has experienced in the build-up to elections on February 8th, two IED attacks on political offices killed up to 30 people, and injured at least 40 more on February 7th.
The report “‘Our City Was Gone’: Russia’s Devastation of Mariupol, Ukraine” by Human Rights Watch, Truth Hounds, and SITU Research documents the extensive civilian and infrastructural damage caused by the Russian military assault on Mariupol in 2022, calling for accountability for apparent war crimes.
The conflict in Myanmar resulted in 2,164 reported civilian casualties from explosive weapons in 2023, including 745 fatalities. This represents a 121% and 155% increase in casualties and deaths, respectively, over 2022.
On Thursday 25th Jan, at least 19 civilians were killed and up to 27 injured in Mweso, North Kivu.
In a notable revelation, Denmark admits its air force’s involvement in the 2011 NATO-led airstrikes in Libya, which resulted in the death of 14 civilians, marking the first such admission among the coalition nations.
On Sunday 21st January, at least 27 civilians were killed and 25 injured when a busy market and shopping area in Donetsk was bombed with artillery shells.
An Israeli airstrike in al-Shuhada village, West Bank, killed seven Palestinian civilians, sparking controversy over military engagement rules and civilian protection in conflict zones.