Israel doubled the volume of its arms deals with Africa last year, according to Defense Ministry data. The figures show that Israeli firms signed deals to sell $223 million worth of arms to the continent in 2013 ־ twice the previous year’s figure.

In the four years prior to 2013, those sales ranged from $70 million to $120 million a year.

Annual reports to the UN Register of Conventional Arms show that African countries have been increasing arms purchases in recent years. Though the data are self-reported by each country, and may be inaccurate, they do reflect general trends. […]