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Israeli warplanes fly low over Beirut despite Lebanon's complaint to UN Security Council

In this file picture an Israeli F-15 fighter jet takes off at the Ovda air force base, north of the city of Eilat in the occupied territories, on November 11, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli fighter jets have once against violated Lebanon’s airspace and flew at low altitudes over the capital Beirut, irrespective of a recent complaint by Lebanese authorities to the United Nations Security Council about the Tel Aviv regime’s infringement on the Arab country’s sovereignty.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the aircraft circled over several neighborhoods of Beirut on Sunday, causing many Beirut residents to take to social media platforms to voice their irritation.

Beirut residents say the Israeli overflights were much louder and longer in duration this time compared to previous ones.

“Just another Sunday afternoon in Beirut enjoying the sound of Israeli fighter jets,” one user wrote on Twitter.

Israeli warplanes also flew over the towns and cities of Tyre, Sidon, Hasbaya, Arkoub, Mount Hermon, the occupied Shebaa Farms and Golan Heights at low altitudes.

The jets carried out mock raids over Nabatieh city and Iqlim al-Tuffah region in southern Lebanon. 

Late on June 4, Israeli jets used Lebanese airspace to conduct an attack on a military facility on the outskirts of Masyaf, located about 45 kilometers (27 miles) west of the central Syrian city of Hama.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported back then that the country’s air defenses had intercepted and shot down a number of Israeli missiles before they reached their targets.

SANA, citing an unnamed military source, added the airstrikes caused material damage in the targeted area but left no casualties.

The development took place just a day after Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared that there had been over 1,000 Israeli violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty within the past five months alone.

Earlier this month, Lebanese President Michel Aoun condemned Israel’s increasing incursions into Lebanese airspace during a meeting with the UN's top official in Lebanon, Jan Kubis.

Aoun denounced the overflights as a clear violation of UN Resolution 1701.

Back on April 2, Lebanon lodged a complaint to the United Nation against the Tel Aviv regime for violating the country's airspace after Israeli military aircraft carried out airstrikes on multiple targets in Syria’s central province of Homs.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants has filed a complaint before the UN Security Council in New York over the dangerous Israeli violation of Lebanese sovereignty, after three Israeli aircraft bombed Syrian sites from the Lebanese airspace, which represented a threat to Lebanese civilians,” the ministry said in a statement at the time.

The Lebanese foreign ministry then urged the Security Council to “put a permanent end to the Israeli violations,” noting that “Israel violates the Lebanese aerial, maritime and territorial sovereignty on a daily basis.”

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 (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 Tel Aviv to respect Beirut's sovereignty and territorial integrity. 

In 2009, Lebanon filed a complaint with the UN, presenting over 7,000 documents pertaining to Israeli violations of Lebanese territory.

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