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Israeli warplanes, gunboats penetrate into Lebanese airspace, territorial waters

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This file picture shows an Israel Air Force F-16 fighter jet.

Israeli warplanes and gunboats have penetrated into the Lebanese airspace and territorial waters in blatant violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 passed at the end of the 33-day war in the summer of 2006.  

Two Israeli fighter jets entered Lebanese airspace over the coastal town of Chekka, situated 65 kilometers (40 miles) north of the capital Beirut, at 14:05 p.m. local time (1105 GMT) on Sunday, according to a statement issued by the Lebanese military.

The aircraft flew over several areas in southern Lebanon, before they left at 14:30 p.m. (1130 GMT), flying west of the southern village of al-Naqoura.

Separately, an Israeli gunboat violated the Lebanese territorial waters off the coast of Naqoura village at 9:14 a.m. local time (0614 GMT). It breached Lebanese waters for eleven minutes and went ahead for a distance of 185 meters, before it turned back.

Another Israeli gunboat violated Lebanon’s territorial waters for 166 meters at 19:05 p.m. local time. The violation lasted for five minutes.

Israel violates Lebanon's airspace and territorial waters on an almost daily basis for surveillance purposes.

Lebanon’s government, Hezbollah and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have repeatedly condemned Israel’s overflights, saying they are in clear violation of the UN resolution and the country’s sovereignty.

Last month, fighters from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah intercepted and shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle over southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah said in a brief statement carried by Lebanon’s al-Manar television network at the time that it downed an Israeli drone that had entered the Lebanese skies with “appropriate weapons."

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