Five Israeli military aircraft have entered Lebanese airspace and flown over areas of the country in blatant violation of a UN Security Council resolution. An Israeli reconnaissance plane crossed into Lebanese airspace over the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab at 10:45 a.m. local time (0745 GMT) on Friday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military. The remote-controlled aircraft made surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon and Beirut before it left Lebanese airspace at 2 p.m. local time (1100 GMT) while flying over the border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut. Earlier in the day, two Israeli fighter jets violated Lebanese airspace over the southern village of Kfar Kila at 10:35 a.m. local time (0735 GMT). The warplanes left at 12:25 p.m. (0925 GMT) local time, flying over the southern border of Lebanon. An Israeli drone breached Lebanon's airspace over the village town of Kfar Kila at 10:05 a.m. (0705 GMT) on Friday. The aircraft flew over the southern border of Lebanon and left the country’s airspace 10 minutes later. On Thursday, an Israeli surveillance drone violated Lebanese airspace over the southern village of al-Naqoura, which is situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut, at 10:05 p.m. local time (1905 GMT) and flew over several areas of Lebanon. The Israeli aircraft left Lebanese airspace at around 6 a.m. local time (0300 GMT) on Friday.
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/AS