Lebanon to lodge UN complaint against Israel over flights
Israeli jets fly over south Lebanon on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Lebanon will lodge a complaint to the United Nations Security Council over Israel's repeated violations of its airspace days after Israeli warplanes reportedly targeted Hezbollah-bound shipments in Syria on two occasions.
According to a statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry Saturday, caretaker Minister Adnan Mansour asked U.N. Ambassador Nawwaf Salam to file "an urgent complaint to the Security Council against Israel over such aggression which represents a blatant violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty and international resolution including UNSCR 1701."
Mansour informed Salam of Israel’s intensified violations of Lebanon’s airspace over the past five days.
Six Israeli warplanes and one reconnaissance jet flew over various parts of the country on Friday, while eight warplanes entered Lebanese airspace on Thursday, according to the Lebanese Army.
On Sunday, a senior Israeli source told Agence France Press that Israel carried out an air strike near Damascus airport Saturday night targeting Iranian missiles destined for Hezbollah.
This could be Israel’s third attack in Syria this year.
U.S. media, quoting American officials, have said that Israel targeted a Hezbollah-bound arms shipment in Damascus Thursday night with its warplanes over Lebanon that did not enter Syria’s airspace .
Israel struck inside Syria in January, when it attacked a suspected shipment of antiaircraft weapons. In that attack, the Israeli warplanes didn't cross into Syria but lofted weapons from Lebanese airspace into Syria, according to U.S. officials.