BEIRUT: The past two days have seen heavy illegal air traffic from Israeli war and reconnaissance planes over Lebanon’s airspace, the military announced Friday.
Six Israeli warplanes and three reconnaissance planes violated Lebanon's airspace in the past two days, the Army said in statement.
The flights go against U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which affirms the sovereignty of Lebanese territory.
At 11 a.m. Friday, a reconnaissance plane entered the country's airspace above Naqoura and conducted aerial maneuvers over the Chouf and the southern region. It left at 1:10 p.m. above Alma Shaab.
At 10:50 a.m. two Israeli warplanes entered Lebanon above Aytaroun and left at 1:30 p.m. after conducting similar maneuvers over all Lebanese areas.
Around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, three reconnaissance planes entered Lebanon above the southern area of Naqoura and conducted aerial maneuvers above various Lebanese regions before returning to Israel at 1:15 a.m. Friday.
At 9 p.m. Thursday, six Israeli warplanes entered Lebanon above Shebaa Farms and Aytaroun, conducting aerial maneuvers above all Lebanese areas. The warplanes left Lebanese airspace nine hours later at 6 a.m. Friday, according to the military.
Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace almost on a daily basis but the recent air traffic is a notable spike in flights that is likely connected to increasing tensions surrounding a possible Western strike on Syria.
Beirut has filed several complaints to the U.N. with regards to airspace violations.
Earlier this year, Israeli warplanes targeted a Hezbollah-bound arms shipment in Syria, lofting weapons from Lebanon’s airspace onto a target near Damascus.