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Lebanon to file complaint with UN against Israeli violations of airspace

Lebanese army tanks participate in a military parade to mark the 74th anniversary of Lebanon's independence from France, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, November 22, 2017. (Photo by AP)

Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry has strongly denounced recent Israeli violations of Lebanon’s airspace to launch airstrikes in Syria, saying Beirut intends to lodge a formal complaint with the United Nations Security Council.

“The Foreign Ministry condemns the air raids launched at the Syrian Arab Republic and affirms its previous position that Lebanon's airspace should not be used to attack Syria. Lebanon will make a formal complaint with the UN Security Council,” said a statement released by the ministry on Tuesday.

Early on Monday, a pair of Israeli F-15 warplanes carried out strikes from Lebanese air space on T-4 air base in Homs that killed and wounded a number of people. Syrian air defense systems shot down five out of eight missiles fired.

Shortly after the airstrikes, Damascus warned about the “dangerous repercussions” of Israeli assaults on its territories, stressing that the recent attack on Homs would not have been possible without massive US support.

In a statement, Lebanon’s Army Command-Orientation Directorate, however, said that four Israeli warplanes had breached Lebanon's airspace to conduct the airstrikes.

According to the statement, the fighter jets violated the Lebanese airspace at 3:25 a.m. local time flying over the sea to the west of Jounieh, a coastal city about 16 kilometers north of the Lebanese capital, adding that the warplanes had flown east over the city of Baalbek and then left the country’s airspace at 3:35 a.m. local time.

The Lebanese people have also called on the government to take serious measures to stop Israel’s violations of their country’s sovereignty. The call comes as observers in Lebanon are calling for retaliatory measures against Israel, which has a long history of violating Lebanon’s sovereignty and targeting Lebanese patrol soldiers. It also violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis by sending in drones on spy missions.

The occupying regime has already launched two wholesale wars on the Arab country in 2000 and 2006, in both of which the Hezbollah resistance movement, backed by the Lebanese National Army, inflicted heavy losses on the Israeli military. However, Israeli officials have even threatened another war on Lebanon.

The photo, taken on April 8, 2018, from the northern Israeli town of Metula, shows an Israeli crane installing sections of a concrete wall along the border as UN forces monitor from the Lebanese side. (Photo by AFP)

Tel Aviv further exasperates Lebanon by making plans to erect walls on reservation areas along the Blue Line, the UN-designated line, which set the limits for Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.

Beirut says the wall passes through territory which belongs to Lebanon but is located on the Blue Line. President Michel Aoun has already said the wall would breach Lebanese territory at 13 different points, calling for “corrections” along the Blue Line.

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