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.

Uncovering the hidden civilian casualties of the UK’s air war in Mosul – a review of the Guardian/AirWars investigation

The Guardian and Airwars’ investigation uncovers hidden civilian casualties in the UK’s air war in Mosul, challenging the claim of a flawless campaign and highlighting the need for transparency and accountability in military operations.

A step forward: 10 countries that signed Ireland’s Political Declaration have been responsible for civilian harm from explosive weapons in populated areas within last decade

86% of the 3,306 recorded civilian casualties from explosive violence perpetrated by signatories to the Political Declaration occurred in populated areas.

98% of casualties from Russian use of explosive weapons in towns and cities civilians

New analysis by AOAV has found that, since 2012, when Russian armed forces used explosive weapons in towns and cities, 98% of the resulting casualties were civilians.

Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflict (2022)

AOAV is proud to be one of the endorsing NGOs for the Civil Society Statement on the Protection of Civilians in Urban Conflicts, ahead of the UN’s annual open debate on the protection of civilians (POC) in armed conflict. Over the past year, the devastating impact of urban warfare on civilians has been made increasingly clear, especially the parallel direct and indirect, short-term and long-term nature of urban warfare’s effects on civilians and civilian infrastructure.