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12 Israeli jets violate Lebanon airspace


Israel constantly violates Lebanon's airspace despite UN resolution 1701

Twelve Israeli warplanes have violated the Lebanese airspace by flying over a number of cities including Beirut, Lebanese army says.

Twelve 'enemy' Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace before noon Monday, four flew over the Mediterranean off the coastal city of Byblos in the north and headed toward the eastern province of Hermel, the army said in a statement.

According to the statement, eight other Israeli jets flew over the southern town of Rmeish, then headed north to Beirut, the Chouf mountains, southeast of the capital, and Hermel before flying back to the "occupied territories.''

It added that the Israeli over flights lasted about an hour.

There was no immediate statement from the Israeli army which usually does not comment on its flights in Lebanon.

Over the past months Israel has intensified the violation of Lebanon's airspace, raising concerns over the regime's alleged intention to wage a new war in the region.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) says the daily number of Israeli air violations surged from 282 in February to 692 in March. In the first two weeks of April the number has surged again to 476.

Israel has repeatedly violated Lebanon's airspace, since a ceasefire declared based on the UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which put an end to a 33-day war between Israel and Lebanon in summer 2006.

"They can protest for as long as they like. Our reconnaissance flights will continue," said Israeli military official Ephraim Sneh, in defiance of the law and the international condemnations.

Also on April 6 the regime launched nationwide military drills which it claimed ware aimed at preparing the country for possible attacks.

The military exercises put both Lebanon and Syria on full alert.

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