Israel recon aircraft violate Lebanese airspace

Israel recon aircraft violate Lebanese airspace
Tue Jul 16, 2013 09:06:54

Israeli regime has violated Lebanon’s airspace by dispatching two reconnaissance drones over different parts of the country.

According to a statement issued by the Lebanese army, an Israeli drone entered Lebanese airspace at 4:45 a.m. local time (0145 GMT) on Monday.

The unmanned aircraft entered Lebanon above the southern border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut, and flew over several areas of the country before leaving Lebanese airspace at around 12:20 p.m. local time (0920GMT) while flying over the village of al-Naqoura, situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut.

Meanwhile, another unmanned Israeli reconnaissance aircraft entered Lebanese airspace over the southern village of Alma Al-Shaab at 8:20 p.m. local time (1720 GMT) on Sunday, according to the Lebanese army’s statement.

The Israeli drone conducted circular flights over the southern towns of Riyak, Baalbeck, and Hermel, and then left Lebanon’s skies at around 4:50 a.m. local time (0150 GMT) on Monday while flying over the village of Rmeich.

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 over-flights, 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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