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Aoun tasks Lebanon FM with lodging complaint with UN Security Council over Israeli violations

In this undated file picture taken from Israeli media, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet takes off en route to an exercise in Germany.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has called upon the country’s top diplomat to file a complaint with the UN Security Council (UNSC) against the Israeli regime’s repeated violations of the Arab country’s sovereignty and airspace to carry out airstrikes in neighboring Syria.

Aoun instructed Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Abdullah Bou Habib on Monday to take the measure, Arabic-language Lebanon 24 news website said, citing a report by Lebanon's al-Jadeed television station.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing a military source, reported that Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from the direction of the eastern Lebanese town of Rayaq at some targets near Damascus at about 3:05 a.m. (0005 GMT) local time on Monday, but Syrian air defenses could bring down most of the projectiles.

The source noted that the strikes had caused some “material damage.” There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Last month, the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants condemned in the strongest terms an Israeli missile strike against Syria’s strategic western port of Latakia, saying the attack once again exposed the true nature of the Tel Aviv regime.

“The [December 28, 2021] attack, which came during the holidays and was the second in less than a month, once again exposes Israel's true face,” the ministry was quoted by Lebanon’s official National News Agency as saying.

The ministry then reaffirmed Beirut’s support for “the Syrian Arab Republic and the brotherly Syrian people, who are suffering from the most terrible crisis in their modern history," and wished them "peace and prosperity.”

Israel violates Lebanon's airspace and territorial waters on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights and incursions serve 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 UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

Back on September 30 last year, fighters from Hezbollah intercepted and shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle while it was hovering over the southern part of Lebanon.

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

The statement added the Israeli aircraft was brought down as it was flying over Maryamin valley on the outskirts of the southern town of Yater.

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