Shocking impact of Israeli violations of Lebanon's skies revealed
A study documents the impact of at least 22,000 Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace over the past 15 years.
A news study demonstrating the impact of "Israel's" constant illegal violation of Lebanon's airspace reveals astonishing numbers.
The research, which was published on Thursday by AirPressure.info, shows data on 22,000 flights over Lebanon in the past 15 years.
The Israeli warplanes are ever-present over Lebanese airspace, and present a constant reminder to the country's people that war could always be around the corner.
According to the data, Israeli warplanes have occupied Lebanon's skies for a total of 8.5 of the past 15 years. Some of the violations were brief, but many lasted an average of four hours and 35 minutes.
The flight routes taken by the Israeli aircraft cover most of Lebanon, and are concentrated in the south and over the capital Beirut.
Moreover, AirPressure.info compiled 11 peer-reviewed papers from academic journals that detail the physiological effects of the noise generated by the aircraft on the people of Lebanon. The symptoms range from hypertension, to diminished blood circulation and psychosomatic pains.
The psychological effect of these warplanes is not to be overlooked, as these airplanes often fly at low altitudes, causing alarm and panic.
“While in Lebanon, each one of these acts is felt as a briefly passing moment and no two residents may hear jets in the same way or at the same time,” said Lawrence Abu Hamdan, who assembled the research. “What I aim to present is an accumulated event, one extended crime that has taken place over the past 15 years.
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“But really this should be seen as an atmosphere of violence. It takes its toll over time, and that’s why it has the potential to be ignored, but it shouldn’t be ignored any longer. Why should a population live under mass indiscriminate surveillance and live under a hostile sky … to the extent that it’s embodied into everyday life.”
"Israel" maintains that the hostile violation of Lebanon's airspace is "necessary". However, these actions also violate UN Security Council resolutions, namely Resolutions 425 (1978) and 1701, which "Israel" has broken more than 22,000 times with impunity in the past 15 years.
The Israeli occupation has also often illegally violated Lebanese airspace to bomb targets in Syria.
"Israel" withdrew from most of Lebanon's territories after the year 2000, and is still maintaining its occupation of some villages on the border.