An Israeli reconnaissance aircraft has entered Lebanon’s airspace, violating the country’s sovereignty, a Lebanese military statement says.
According to the statement, the Israeli drone entered Lebanon’s territory from the southern border city of Naqoura on Tuesday morning and hovered over the southern and eastern parts of the country for about 20 hours, a Press TV correspondent in Beirut reported on Wednesday.
The military has also reported an Israeli helicopter dropping a star shell inside Lebanese territory.
The latest airspace violation comes only a few days after an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft patrolled the skies above West Bekaa — located 73 kilometers (45 miles) from the capital Beirut — and the town of Riak, close to the Syrian border.
Last week, twelve Israeli fighter jets entered Lebanon’s airspace and flew over several areas in southern Lebanon, including the city of Sidon.
Lebanon’s military often reports airspace violations by Israeli aircraft but does not usually open fire on them.
The airspace violations, which are reported on an almost daily basis, contravene the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.
Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly called on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and stop its air surveillance flights over the country.