According to a database that aims to show the effects of “systematic and prolonged exposure to the roar of these military planes in the airspace, and their impact on the physical and psychological life of those who have had to withstand constant air pressure” from above, Israel has violated Lebanon’s airspace 22,111 times since 2007.
The database was created by Airpressure.info in order to make all Israeli air breaches visible.
Lawrence Abu Hamdan, a Jordanian of 37 years old who has resided in Beirut for many years, is the source of the information. He stated he intended to bring attention to “one accumulative occurrence, one long crime” that had occurred over the previous 15 years.
“It’s a violent environment that takes its toll over time.” That is why it may be overlooked, despite the fact that it should no longer be overlooked.”
Despite Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon’s south in 2000, the war between the two countries continues. Lebanon was last subjected to an Israeli attack in the summer of 2006, which lasted for a month.
Hamdan is also a modern artist who works with various types of audio to study the political repercussions of listening on human rights and legislation.
According to Airpressure.info, Lebanese airspace has been breached by 8,231 combat aircraft and 13,102 drones since 2007.
“These acts of aggression in Lebanese airspace are not brief overflights; on average, they span four hours and 35 minutes.” These infractions have lasted a total of 3,098 days. This equates to an eight-and-a-half-year and-a-half-year and-a-half-year and-a-half-year and-a-half-year and-a-half-year and-a
It went on to say that as a result of these transgressions, life in Lebanon was subjected to sporadic group surveillance.
“This is an unparalleled foreign state invasion of people’s privacy.” People’s phone calls and text messages are being intercepted, and their residences and movements are being randomly filmed, thanks to these airspace violations.”
Journalist Samer Wehbe, from the southern city of Nabatieh, told Arab News that Lebanese in the south have grown accustomed to hearing Israeli planes every day.
“They think it’s strange when these planes don’t violate the airspace for a day or two. Apart from keeping an eye on Lebanese activities, Israel’s spy planes, which roar all day and night, cause disruption, anxiety, and stress. Even children have expressed their dissatisfaction with the noises.”
The findings of 17 publications published in popular international journals documenting “the severe physiological impacts of airplane noise” were used to create the website.
Long-term exposure to this form of noise pollution was linked to “hypertension, circulatory consequences, sleep problem, and psychosocial suffering,” according to these studies.
Around eight to twelve planes crossed Lebanese airspace at the same time 30 times, according to the website “violating the sound barrier above civilian areas on a regular basis, creating a sonic boom that has been known to shatter windows.”
Because Lebanon was only 88 kilometers wide at its widest point, it was feasible that all citizens would hear these planes as they flew north over the mountains and south to the coast.
Israel used superior military aircraft as well as modern surveillance planes, according to the report.
“Adults who have witnessed Israel’s wars and invasions of Lebanon suffer from anxiety more than others,” Wehbe added. During my fieldwork, I’ve witnessed many women experience panic attacks because they expect to be raided after hearing the roar of flying planes, especially when the roar lasts for hours and grows increasingly bothersome as the minutes and hours pass.”
According to the website, 243 letters about Israeli air violations in Lebanon were uploaded to the UN Digital Library between 2006 and 2021, according to a survey. “They are addressed to the Security Council and contain full radar information for each aircraft violation, including time, duration, type, and route.”
Such violations are routinely monitored and recorded by the Lebanese Defense Ministry, the UN Security Council, and UNIFIL forces. However, according to the website, these three organizations maintained this information in a “partial and uncoordinated manner.”
It issued a graphic of airspace violations over Lebanon’s regions, depicting the aircraft’s itineraries as overlapping circles that encompassed the majority of the country.
The flights are focused in the south, and they appear to be on a predetermined path. However, locations north of the capital and closer to the Syrian border, as well as Beirut, are popular tourist destinations.
“Violations are being recorded on the Lebanese side and saved in the UN library, but the UN does not judge,” a Lebanese diplomatic source told Arab News. This is how it functions.”