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Israeli jets violate Lebanon’s airspace

18 August 2010 16:42

Israeli warplanes have once again violated Lebanon’s airspace, conducting several unwarranted flights over the country, the Lebanese army says.

An army statement on Wednesday said that eight Israeli aircraft illegally entered Lebanon’s airspace from the south at 10:30 a.m. local time (0730 GMT) and flew over Lebanon.

Within five minutes, two other Israeli jets violated the country’s airspace from the sea and roamed over Baalbek.

The statement also said that an Israeli warplane entered the country at 10:40 a.m. (0740 GMT) and headed out more than twenty minutes later.

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

The airspace violations, which are reported on an almost daily basis, contravene the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.

According to evidence-backed statistics submitted to the UN by the Lebanese government, Israel has breached the provisions of the resolution on more than 7,000 occasions by violating Lebanon’s airspace, territorial waters, and border.

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