Lebanon: urgent call to end Israel’s use of white phosphorus in populated areas

Israel’s use of white phosphorus in south Lebanon poses severe risks to civilians and violating international humanitarian law.

U.S. investigates Israeli airstrikes for mass civilian casualties following alleged use of white phosphorus

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.

Media coverage of individual Gaza strikes only capturing one third of all deaths, AOAV finds 

An analysis of English language reporting of the explosive violence in Gaza and Israel by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has revealed that media coverage may only capture a third of the actual civilian deaths from specific explosive incidents in Gaza.

War and the refugee: a call for empathy in an age of intolerance

In his 2023 lecture at the Festival of Writing and Ideas, Dr. Iain Overton reflects on the persistent suffering of war victims throughout history, underscoring the critical need for empathy towards those fleeing from conflict zones, challenging discriminatory media rhetoric, and urging us to recognise our shared humanity in order to foster a compassionate, welcoming society.

UK Ministry of Defence reveals Defence Loan Service Personnel expenditure

Data on costs associated with Defence Loan Service Personnel to 85 countries, including human rights priority nations, reveal global cost of up to £40m in 2022.

How can engineering-driven approaches complement ongoing advocacy efforts to reduce harm from EWIPA? Dr Jack Denny explains.

Dr Jack Denny, Lecturer at the University of Southampton, talks to AOAV about his research into blast wave propagation in urban environments, and how engineering and data-driven approaches can both inform response strategies and complement ongoing advocacy campaigns to reduce harm from blast injuries.

“This should be seen as an atmosphere of violence” – AirPressure reveals the extent of Israeli incursions over Lebanon skies

Research published this Thursday reveals exactly how pervasive the presence of Israeli jets and surveillance drones has been over the skies of Lebanon: over the last 15 years, new organisation AirPressure has recorded 22, 111 Israeli military aircraft violating Lebanese airspace.

A short history of suicide bombing

This report offers a brief overview of the growth of the suicide bomber as a weapon of war, from sporadic early attempts, to the development of the situation we see today – where there are weekly incidents of suicide bombings around the world. For a more detailed review of the history of the suicide bomber, […]

Video: Syria’s shockwaves – A mental health crisis for victims of explosive violence

Video and photos: Nicole Tung/AOAV Sitting in an empty community hall in northern Lebanon, 36-year-old Rouba wipes her eyes on her headscarf as she tells how she was forced from her home in the Damascus countryside. “The bombing was getting worse and worse,” she relates. “We were very scared. Eventually we had to leave, an […]

Syria’s shockwaves: the consequences of explosive violence

In November 2013 AOAV was in Lebanon to meet with refugees who had survived and escaped the devastating explosive violence in Syria. Syria’s Shockwaves tells the stories of some of these people, every one of whom had witnessed someone die or be injured by a bomb, shell or rocket. Explosive weapons like artillery, mortars and air-dropped […]

Explosive Violence in February

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. This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed […]

Explosive Violence in January

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. This month there were more than 3,000 casualties of explosive violence (people killed […]