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Israel violates Lebanese airspace again

8 August 2010 1:59

Two Israeli aircraft have violated Lebanese airspace, breaking the sound barrier over several villages in the eastern part of the country.

The Lebanese Armed Forces issued a statement on Saturday saying that an Israeli fighter jet together with a reconnaissance plane crossed into Lebanese airspace on Friday at 6:00 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) and hovered over the eastern town of Baalbek, situated approximately 86 km (54 miles) northeast of the Lebanese capital Beirut.

Israeli aircraft left Lebanese airspace at 10 p.m. local time (1900 GMT).

Lebanon’s military often reports airspace violations by Israeli aircraft but does not usually open fire on them.

The United Nations considers Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace to be breaches of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brought an end to Israel’s war against Lebanon in 2006.

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