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Six Israeli planes violate Lebanese airspace

13 December 2012 17:28

Six Israeli military aircraft have violated Lebanese airspace and flown over several parts of the country in blatant disregard for a UN Security Council resolution.

Two Israeli fighter jets crossed into Lebanon’s airspace over the southern village of Kfar Kila, located about 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut on Wednesday, according to a Thursday statement by the Lebanese military.

The warplanes flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving Lebanese airspace from the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab.

Later in the day, four Israeli jets entered Lebanese airspace over Kfar Kila village. They flew over several areas of Lebanon before leaving the country’s airspace from the southern village of al-Naqoura, situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut.

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 (UNIFIL) have repeatedly condemned the flyovers, 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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