Seven Israeli military aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over several areas of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.
An unmanned aerial vehicle entered Lebanese airspace over the southern village of al-Naqoura, situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut, at 6 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Friday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military.
The remote-controlled aircraft carried out surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon and Beirut before it left Lebanon™s airspace at 3 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) while flying over the southern village of Rmeish.
Later in the day, another Israeli drone crossed into Lebanon™s airspace over the southern border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut. It flew over several areas in southern Lebanon, including the towns of Riyaq and Baalbek, before leaving Lebanon™s skies at 3:30 p.m. local time (1230 GMT) while flying over the village of Rmeish.
Two Israeli fighter jets also violated Lebanese airspace over the village of Kfar Kila at 11:05 a.m. local time (0805 GMT) on Friday. They flew over several areas in Lebanon, and left the country™s airspace at 1 p.m. local time (1000 GMT) while flying over the town of Alma al-Shaab.
On Thursday, an Israeli drone crossed into Lebanon’s airspace over the town of Alma al-Shaab at 6:50 a.m. local time (0350 GMT) and carried out surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon. It left at 8:20 p.m. local time (1720 GMT) while flying over the village of al-Naqoura.
And two Israeli warplanes entered Lebanon’s airspace at 10:45 a.m. local time (0745 GMT) on Thursday. The fighter jets flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving the country™s airspace at 11 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) while flying over the southern village of al-Naqoura.
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.