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Lebanon files complaint over Israeli breach of airspace

FILE - In this Sunday, July 16, 2006 file photo an Israeli F-16 warplane takes off to a mission in Lebanon from an air force base in northern Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry filed a complaint with the United Nations Security Council in New York Thursday after three Israeli warplanes flew over Lebanese airspace to launch missiles on the Syrian central province of Homs.

The complaint stated that Israel’s grave violation posed a threat to the safety of the Lebanese people at a time when the world was facing the danger of a coronavirus pandemic, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The ministry appealed to the U.N. Security Council to “put an end to the Israeli violations, as Israel continues to violate Lebanese sovereignty on a daily bases by air, land and sea.”

Syrian state TV Tuesday said the warplanes fired the missiles while flying in Lebanese airspace.

The outlet said the warplanes targeted a Syrian army position without mentioning the exact location. It added that some of the missiles were shot down by Syrian defenses.

Residents of Beirut heard the sound of warplanes shortly before the airstrikes were reported.

Last month, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a car in southern Syria, resulting in the death of one person. Opposition activists said at the time that the man targeted had been an anti-Israel operative.

In recent years, Israel has repeatedly carried out airstrikes in Syria against targets belonging to Iran and its regional proxies.

One airstrike in February killed two members of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which is backed by Iran.

 

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