Four 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 7:35 local time (0435 GMT) on Monday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military. The remote-controlled aircraft made surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon before it left Lebanese airspace at 7:15 p.m. local time (1615 GMT) while flying over the southern village of Rmeish. On Tuesday, an Israeli drone violated Lebanese airspace over the southern village of al-Naqoura, situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut, at 6:30 a.m. local time (0330 GMT) and flew over several areas of southern Lebanon. The Israeli aircraft left Lebanese airspace at around 1:30 p.m. local time (1030 GMT) while flying over Rmeish village. Later in the day, two Israeli fighter jets breached Lebanon's airspace over the border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut, at 10:40 a.m. local time (0740 GMT). The warplanes left Lebanese airspace at 12:20 p.m. (0920 GMT) local time.
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