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File photo shows an Israeli Heron TP surveillance drone.

File photo shows an Israeli Heron TP surveillance drone.

An Israeli reconnaissance plane has penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over parts of the country in flagrant violation of a UN Security Council resolution. The unmanned aerial vehicle crossed into Lebanon's airspace over the southern village of al-Naqoura, which is situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut, at 7:35 a.m. on Friday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military on Saturday. The remote-controlled aircraft carried out surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon, including the towns of Riyaq and Baalbek, before it left Lebanese airspace at 8:30 p.m. local time (1730 GMT) while flying over the southern sector of Lebanon. 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/HGL
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