Beirut: Four Israeli military aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and have flown over parts of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution. Two Israeli warplanes crossed into the Lebanese airspace on Monday over the border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of the capital Beirut, at 10:20 a.m. (0720 GMT) and conducted several unwarranted flights over southern Lebanon, said a statement released by the Lebanese military.The Israeli aircraft left the Lebanese airspace at around 12:00 p.m. (0900 GMT) while flying over the southern sector of the country.
Meanwhile, an Israeli reconnaissance plane impinged upon the Lebanese airspace at 7:55 a.m. local time (0455 GMT) on Sunday, and carried out covert surveillance fights over the village of al-Naqoura, located 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut.
The remote-controlled drone left Lebanese airspace at 11 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) while flying over the southern village of Rmeish.
Earlier in the day, an Israeli drone breached Lebanon’s airspace over the border town of Alma al-Shaab and performed unwarranted sorties over southern parts of the country.
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.