Israeli military aircraft cross into Lebanese airspace

Israeli military aircraft cross into Lebanese airspace
# 23 September 2012 02:42 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Two Israeli reconnaissance drones have penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over areas of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution, APA reports quoting Press TV.

An unmanned aerial vehicle crossed into Lebanon’s airspace over the southern village of al-Naqoura, which is situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut, at 6:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military.

The remote-controlled aircraft carried out surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon before it left Lebanese airspace at 6:10 p.m. local time (1510 GMT) while flying over the southern village of Rmeish.

Another Israeli drone violated Lebanese airspace over the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab at 7:05 a.m. local time on Saturday and flew over several areas of southern Lebanon.

The Israeli aircraft left Lebanese airspace at 1:25 p.m. local time (1025 GMT) while flying over Rmeish village.

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.