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Israeli planes violate Lebanon airspace

30 August 2010 3:33

Israeli military jets have been observed patrolling the skies above southern parts of Lebanon in a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolutions, the Lebanese army says.

The Lebanese military issued a statement through the National News Agency, saying that it observed an Israeli reconnaissance plane flying over southern Lebanon for about 17 hours.

“At 7:10 a.m. (0410 GMT) Sunday, an Israeli reconnaissance plane violated the Lebanese airspace over al-Naqoura village in the south, where it conducted several unwarranted flights,” the statement read.

“The spying plane later left at 12:00 p.m. (2100 GMT) from above Rmeish village,” it added.

According to the Lebanese military, four Israeli warplanes entered the Lebanese airspace over the southern border village of Kfar Kila at 10:00 a.m. (0700 GMT) and left an hour later while flying over Alma al-Shaab village.

Beirut complained to the United Nations in 2009 about the Israeli activity over its southern territory. UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended a 2006 conflict between Beirut and Tel Aviv, requires Israel to respect Lebanese sovereignty.

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