“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.

UK arms exports to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories: Country overview The State of Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories are located in the Middle East, sharing borders with Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, while Tel Aviv functions as its economic and technological centre. Benjamin Netanyahu, from the right-wing Likud party, has been […]

One year after Israel began artillery shelling in Gaza AOAV asks: What have we learned?

One year ago today Israel launched a ground offensive as part of its ‘Operation Protective Edge’ in Gaza. It was a dramatic escalation in the ongoing fighting, which had already seen ten days of aerial bombing. The ground offensive meant that there would now be Israeli ‘boots on the ground’ in Gaza, and that Gazan […]

Explosive States- Monitoring explosive violence in 2014: Ground-launched weapons

Ground-launched explosive weapons Ground-launched explosive weapons were responsible for 8,088 civilian casualties in 2014 (25% of the total recorded). 90% of casualties were civilians. This is higher than the proportion recorded from IED attacks (85%), and aerial attacks (61%). Mortars caused 3,000 civilian casualties in 15 countries. This is a 53% increase from 2013. Six […]

Israel shelling in Gaza war unprecedented despite inaccuracy

This report was originally written by Charlie Hoyle for Ma’an News Agency, and can be found here: The unprecedented number of Palestinians killed in the 2014 war in Gaza was linked to changes in the military rules of engagement regarding civilian protection measures by Israel’s army, a London-based NGO said this week. The unprecedented number […]

Report: Israel’s use of artillery raises risks to civilians

This report was written by Middle East Monitor and first appeared here: A new report claims that changes in the Israeli military’s rules of engagement have increased, not decreased, the risk to civilians in Gaza. Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), a London-based NGO, examined how the Israeli army has used artillery in the Gaza Strip, […]

Israeli shelling in 2014 Gaza war ‘up 533%’ compared to 2008-09

This report was written by Press TV and first appeared here A newly released study shows that the use of explosive artillery by Israeli forces in last year’s war on Gaza increased by over 530 percent compared to the Israeli regime’s military offensive on the coastal enclave six years earlier. The report, released by the […]

‘Under Fire’ – Israel’s artillery policies scrutinised

New research by London-based NGO, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV), has revealed that recent changes to Israel’s military rules of engagement have increased the risk to civilians in Gaza. In “Under Fire,” AOAV scrutinised the rules that dictate how and where the Israel Defense Force (IDF) have used explosive weapons since 2005, the year the […]

Israeli explosive artillery fired on Gaza up more than 500% in 6 years – UK study

This article was originally published by Russia Today on 31 March 2015, and can be found here: Civilians living under Israeli occupation in the besieged Gaza Strip face a greater risk to their lives in the wake of a recent shift in Israel’s “military rules of engagement,” a new study warns. In a report released […]

Explosive Violence in August 2014

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. AOAV recorded 3,824 casualties of explosive violence worldwide, 84% of whom were civilians. […]

Top 100: The most influential journalists covering armed violence

From besieged cities in Syria to American street-corners, and countless other places in between, armed violence continues to take the lives of hundreds of thousands of people a year. It fundamentally reshapes the world we live in. Yet for a vast number of people, violence and conflict are abstractions far removed from their daily realities. […]

Tim Franks

Tim Franks presents Newshour and Hardtalk on the BBC. Previously, he served as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East. Franks was an embedded reporter with British forces in Iraq in 2003, and thereafter became Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem and reported on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Despite being moved into a presenter role, he […]