Beirut: Two Israeli reconnaissance aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and skimmed over parts of the country in flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution. The aircraft impinged on the Lebanese airspace over the southern section of the country at 8:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) on Monday and conducted unwarranted sorties in the area, a statement released by the Lebanese military says.The Israeli aircraft flew over the towns of Naquora and Alma Shaab and circled the south of the country before leaving hours later.
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 Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006, calls on Tel Aviv to respect Beirut’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In 2009, Lebanon filed a complaint with the United Nations presenting over 7,000 documents pertaining to Israeli violation of Lebanese territory.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Israeli F-16 warplanes fired two missiles at the target, Xinhua reported, citing witnesses.
No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.