Five Israeli military aircraft buzz over skies of Lebanon

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Israeli military aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over several areas of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

Four Israeli fighter jets crossed into Lebanon’s airspace over the southern border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut, at 9:45 a.m. local time (0645 GMT) on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military.

The warplanes flew over several areas in southern Lebanon and Beirut before leaving Lebanese airspace at 10:40 a.m. local time (0740 GMT) while flying over the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab.

On Monday, an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle entered Lebanese airspace over the southern village of al-Naqoura, situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut, at 10:45 a.m. local time (0745 GMT).

The remote-controlled aircraft carried out surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon before it left Lebanese airspace at 1:15 a.m. local time on Tuesday (2215 GMT Monday) while flying over Alma al-Shaab.

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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