Lebanese airspace violated by Israel

Israel violates Lebanese airspace

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 09:51:40 GMT

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

According to a statement released by the army, 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.

On June 14, the Lebanese military issued a statement that an unmanned aerial vehicle had entered Lebanese airspace over the southern village of al-Naqoura, situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut, at 8:30 a.m. local time (0530 GMT) and left Lebanon’s airspace at 6:30 p.m. local time (1530 GMT).

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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