Israeli surveillance drone buzzes over Lebanon

 An Israeli reconnaissance plane has penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over parts of the country in flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

The unmanned aerial vehicle crossed into Lebanon’s airspace over the southern village of Rmeish at 12:25 p.m. local time (0925 GMT) on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military on Tuesday.

The remote-controlled aircraft conducted surveillance flights over Beirut and several areas in southern Lebanon before it left Lebanese airspace at 8:35 p.m. local time (1735 GMT) while flying over the southern village of Kfar Kila, located about 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut.

Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.

Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly condemned the overflights, saying they are in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the war of aggression Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In 2009, Lebanon filed a complaint with the United Nations, presenting over 7,000 documents pertaining to Israeli violations of Lebanese territory.

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