An Israeli reconnaissance plane has violated Lebanese airspace and flown over parts of the country in flagrant violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701. The unmanned aerial vehicle crossed into Lebanon's airspace over the border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 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 made surveillance flights over the towns of Riyaq, Baalbek, and al-Harmel and several other areas of Lebanon before it left Lebanese airspace at 2:10 p.m. local time (1110 GMT) while flying over the southern village of Rmeish.
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. MP/HGL