The Transfer and Use of Explosive Weapons in the Gaza War




February 15, 2024


9:00 a.m.


Ploughshares Executive Director Cesar Jaramillo will participate in an online event, hosted by the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) and Control Arms, on the transfer and use of explosive weapons in the Gaza war.

A grim milestone in the Gaza-Israel war recently reached a reported 28,000 civilian deaths - most of these casualties are women and children. The UN Secretary-General described the scale of civilian killings as “heartbreaking and utterly unacceptable” – yet the crisis continues to escalate.

The preventable human tragedy unfolding in Gaza reveals the devastating toll civilians face in conflicts around the world, particularly when explosive weapons are used in populated areas with devastating effect.

Just over a year on from the endorsement of the Political Declaration on Strengthening the Protection of Civilians arising from the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas, by 83 states in Dublin, Ireland in November 2022, realizing the Declaration’s goals of better protecting civilians in armed conflict and strengthening compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) has never been more important.  

The International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW) and the Control Arms Coalition will jointly host an online panel discussion on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The event will examine the civilian harm from the extensive use of explosive weapons in populated areas (EWIPA) and the consequences of arms transfers within applicable legal and normative frameworks. The event will be held in English.