Sixteen Israeli fighter jets violate Lebanese airspace

May 6, 2013 1:34 pm 0 comments Views: 177
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Sixteen Israeli military aircraft have penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over several areas of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

Two Israeli fighter jets crossed into Lebanon’s airspace over the southern city of Sidon, located 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Beirut, at 7:10 p.m. local time (1610 GMT) on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military on Friday.

The warplanes flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving the country’s airspace at 12:10 p.m. local time (0910 GMT) while flying over the southern village of al-Naqoura, which is situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut.

Later in the day, two other Israeli jets entered Lebanese airspace over the coastal city of Jounieh, located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) north of Beirut, at 10:40 p.m. local time (1940 GMT).

The aircraft left Lebanese airspace at 12:40 a.m. local time on Friday (2140 GMT on Thursday) while flying over the town of Alma al-Shaab.

Two Israeli fighter jets penetrated Lebanese airspace over Beirut at 12:35 a.m. local time on Friday (2135 GMT on Thursday). The planes flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving the country’s airspace at 3:15 a.m. local time (0015 GMT) while flying over Alma al-Shaab.

Two Israeli planes entered Lebanon’s airspace at 6:00 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Friday over Beirut. The military aircraft flew over several areas in Lebanon and left at 8:50 a.m. local time (0550 GMT) on Friday while flying over the southern village of Rmeish.

Another two Israeli jets crossed into Lebanese airspace over the town of Alma al-Shaab at 8:55 a.m. local time (0555 GMT) on Friday. They flew over several areas in Lebanon and left at 11:15 a.m. local time (0815 GMT) while flying over the village of Rmeish.

Two Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace over the town of Alma al-Shaab at 10:00 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) on Friday. They flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving the country’s airspace at 11:45 a.m. local time (0845 GMT) while flying over the southern village of al-Naqoura.

Two Israeli fighter jets entered Lebanon’s airspace at 1:10 p.m. local time (1010 GMT) on Friday over the village of Rmeish. The military aircraft flew over several areas of Lebanon and left at 3:05 p.m. local time (0550 GMT) while flying over al-Naqoura.

And finally, two Israeli jets crossed into Lebanese airspace at 3:15 p.m. local time (1215 GMT) on Friday over Rmeish. They flew over several areas in Lebanon and left at 11:15 a.m. local time (0815 GMT) while flying over Alma al-Shaab.

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.

 

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