An examination of US and EU weapons used in explosive violence in Gaza, 2021

An analysis of one of the American-made weapons deployed by the IDF – the Mk-84 – a 2,000-pound general-purpose air-dropped bomb that can be fitted with a guidance kit.

The impact of explosive weapons on children in Gaza

AOAV examines the impact of explosive violence on children in Gaza.

UK arms exports to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Country overview The State of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories are located in the Middle East, sharing borders with Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, while Tel Aviv functions as its economic and technological centre. Benjamin Netanyahu, from the right-wing Likud party, has been […]

Four years of harm: Explosive Violence Monitor 2011-2014

A terrible cost for civilians Data collected by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) shows that at least 112,000 civilians have been reported as killed or injured by explosive weapons in the last four years. Download the infographic here Between 2011 and 2014, AOAV has recorded a total of 144,545 deaths and injuries from the use […]

One year after Israel began artillery shelling in Gaza AOAV asks: What have we learned?

One year ago today Israel launched a ground offensive as part of its ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza. It was a dramatic escalation in the ongoing fighting, which had already seen ten days of aerial bombing. The ground offensive meant that there would now be Israeli ‘boots on the ground’ in Gaza, and that Gazan […]

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

Ground-launched explosive weapons Ground-launched explosive weapons were responsible for 8,088 civilian casualties in 2014 (25% of the total recorded). 90% of casualties were civilians. This is higher than the proportion recorded from IED attacks (85%), and aerial attacks (61%). Mortars caused 3,000 civilian casualties in 15 countries. This is a 53% increase from 2013. Six […]

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% […]

Explosive States: Explosive Violence in Populated Areas in 2014

Explosive weapons in populated areas In 2014, 92% of casualties in populated areas were reported as civilians. This is compared to 34% in other areas.  On average 16 people were killed or injured in every incident of explosive weapon use in populated areas. In other areas in 2014 the average number was four. 4,245 civilians […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Key Findings

Introduction “Ultimately, civilians in Syria, Gaza, Israel, Afghanistan, Libya, eastern Ukraine and other conflict hotspots pay the price when the shells aimed at military targets end up hitting homes, hospitals and schools. This simply has to stop. These explosive weapons are designed for open battlefields, not built-up urban areas […] This is not about the […]

Israel shelling in Gaza war unprecedented despite inaccuracy

This report was originally written by Charlie Hoyle for Ma’an News Agency, and can be found here: The unprecedented number of Palestinians killed in the 2014 war in Gaza was linked to changes in the military rules of engagement regarding civilian protection measures by Israel’s army, a London-based NGO said this week. The unprecedented number […]

Report: Israel’s use of artillery raises risks to civilians

This report was written by Middle East Monitor and first appeared here: A new report claims that changes in the Israeli military’s rules of engagement have increased, not decreased, the risk to civilians in Gaza. Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), a London-based NGO, examined how the Israeli army has used artillery in the Gaza Strip, […]

Israeli shelling in 2014 Gaza war ‘up 533%’ compared to 2008-09

This report was written by Press TV and first appeared here A newly released study shows that the use of explosive artillery by Israeli forces in last year’s war on Gaza increased by over 530 percent compared to the Israeli regime’s military offensive on the coastal enclave six years earlier. The report, released by the […]