It’s not easy to tell how many civilians are killed by helicopters.
But in El Soto, a city in Honduras’s Central American region, the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) says there are no credible reports of civilians killed by the helicopters.
That may be because the authorities there don’t report the number of casualties, nor do they ask.
Nathan Pape, a senior research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., said that is “unhelpful” to the NFPA, which has been working to improve transparency in El Azul.
“It’s very difficult to track whether or not there’s civilian casualties and how many,” Pape told DW.
“We should be asking, ‘What is it that you’re doing that’s driving the civilian casualties?'”
Pape’s comments come as the United States and Honduras prepare to resume talks on the release of the country’s hostages.
In January, the US and Honduras agreed to resume a 10-day ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid deliveries to arrive, but this is still considered a partial agreement.
The talks are set to resume in El Toluca, Mexico, on July 7.