In blatant defiance of a UN Security Council resolution, Israel has doubled the number of its violations of the Lebanese airspace so far this year compared to the same period in 2012.
According to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon(UNIFIL) sources, unusual Israeli flight patterns in Lebanon’s skies have been recorded on several occasions, the English - language newspaperThe Daily Star reported. The report added that the unusually high rate of Israeli activity in the Lebanese airspace illustrates the level of tension on both sides of the Lebanon-Israel border, largely generated by the crisis in Syria. On Sunday, five Israeli military aircraft penetrated Lebanese airspace and flew over several areas of the country. An Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle entered the Lebanese airspace over the southern border village of Kfar Kila, located 96 kilometers (59 miles) south of Beirut, at 10:15 a.m. local time (0815 GMT). The remote-controlled aircraft carried out surveillance flights over several areas in southern Lebanon, including the towns of Riyaq and Baalbek, before it left the country’s airspace at 3:50 p.m. local time (1350 GMT) while flying over the southern village of al-Naqoura, situated 91 kilometers (57 miles) south of Beirut. Later in the day, two Israeli fighter jets crossed into Lebanon's airspace at 10:20 a.m. local time (0820 GMT) over Kfar Kila village. The warplanes flew over several areas in Lebanon before leaving the country’s airspace at 10:35 a.m. local time (0835 GMT) while flying over the northern city of Tripoli. In addition, two Israeli military planes penetrated the Lebanese airspace over the town Chekka, located 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Beirut, on Sunday and flew over several parts of Lebanon before leaving the country’s airspace at 12:00 p.m. (1000 GMT) while flying over al-Naqoura village. 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 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.