Israeli drones violate Lebanese airspace

An Israeli reconnaissance drone (file photo)
Two Israeli reconnaissance planes have violated Lebanon’s airspace and flown over the country in flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution, Press TV reports.

The Lebanese army issued a statement saying that the first incursion occurred over the country’s southern border at 5:50 a.m. on Monday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The Israeli plane maneuvered over the area until about 10:50 a.m. and then left Lebanon’s airspace, the statement added.

The second Israeli reconnaissance plane entered the airspace over southern Lebanon at 7:10 a.m. on Monday and left at 12:35 p.m., the Lebanese army said in a second statement.

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 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 violations of Lebanese territory.

( / 25.10.2011)

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