Israel breaches Lebanon airspace amid tensions

Israel breaches Lebanon airspace amid tensions
Wed Jun 19, 2013 17:28:44

Israel has once again violated Lebanon’s air space amid widespread condemnation against its provocative moves near Lebanon and Syria.

Lebanese army announced on Wednesday that an Israeli reconnaissance drone breached the country’s airspace in Riyak, Baalbek and Hermel regions.

The region has been marked with violent clashes and tensions caused by anti-Syria extremist groups in the past months.

According to army’s statement, the Israeli reconnaissance drone penetrated the country’s airspace on Tuesday at 9:00 am.

There were reports that the enemy plane had carried out circular maneuvers over the regions before it left Lebanon’s airspace at 22:15 pm towards the occupied territories while flying over the town of Naqoura in South Lebanon.

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

Its violations are seen to be highly provocative as the regime allows itself to shoot at any target that they suspect may be linked to those it does not approve.

On May 5 the regime conducted an aggressive attack on Syrian soil, already volatile due to the massive foreign-backed insurgency, claiming that there was a convoy linked to Lebanon’s Hezbollah at the targeted area.

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, has called 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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