Amnesty unveils new digital tool mapping Israeli attacks in Gaza

Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture have launched an investigative online tool mapping Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip during the conflict of July and August 2014.

Aimed at pushing for accountability for war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law, the Gaza Platform allows the user to explore and analyse data about the attacks carried out by the Israeli forces in the region.

Capable of recording the time and location of each attack on an interactive map, the platform highlights a number of patterns in the attacks based on the type, site struck, and number of casualties.

In addition, photos, videos, eyewitness testimony, and satellite imagery for attacks have been included where available.

Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Programme director Philip Luther said: “By revealing patterns rather than just presenting a series of individual attacks, the Gaza Platform has the potential to expose the systematic nature of Israeli violations committed during the conflict.

“It allows us to piece together more than 2,500 individual attacks, illustrating the vast scale of destruction caused by Israel’s military operations in Gaza during the 50-day war last summer.”

According to the multimedia information processed to date by Amnesty, the Israeli forces have carried out more than 270 attacks using artillery fire, killing more than 320 civilians.

In addition, more than 1,100 civilians allegedly died due to the Israeli attacks on over 1,200 houses.

The platform also highlights Israeli attacks striking first responders, medical workers, and facilities, as well as the extensive use of ‘knock on the roof’ warning attacks.

“The Gaza Platform has the potential to expose the systematic nature of Israeli violations committed during the conflict.”

Gaza Platform project forensic architecture and coordinator research fellow Francesco Sebregondi said: “We see this project as a first step towards more effective conflict monitoring efforts, supported by collaborative platforms that facilitate the sharing of data between witnesses on the ground, organisations, and citizens worldwide.”

The preliminary data currently plotted on the platform is scheduled to be updated over the next few months.

The Gaza Platform is a pilot project of a new mapping and data visualisation tool, dubbed PATTRN, which has been designed to support research around armed conflicts and human rights violations.

Developed by Forensic Architecture, the tool has been into practise by Amnesty along with Palestinian human rights organisations, Al Mezan and Palestinian Center for Human Rights.

Camilla Wood

UK based Legal Aid Lawyer

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