Israeli Warplanes Violate Lebanese Airspace For The 1000 Time in 2020

Published July 6th, 2020 - 07:45 GMT
An Israeli Air Force F-15 takes off during the Blue Flag air exercise at the Ovda air force base, north of the Israeli city of Eilat, on November 8, 2017. (Jack Guez/AFP)
An Israeli Air Force F-15 takes off during the Blue Flag air exercise at the Ovda air force base, north of the Israeli city of Eilat, on November 8, 2017. (Jack Guez/AFP)

Israeli jets violated Lebanese airspace again Sunday, in what has now become an almost weekly occurrence in recent months despite repeated calls by UNIFIL for restraint in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 War.

The warplanes were seen flying at low altitude, over the areas of Hasbaya, Arqoub, Jabal Al-Sheikh, Shebaa Farms, Marjayoun, Kesrouan, and the central Bekaa Valley, according to local media.

This comes just three days after UNIFIL's Head of Mission, Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, called on both countries to avoid activities that "have the potential to escalate with uncontrollable consequences."

 

Del Col's comments came after UNIFIL hosted a meeting between senior officers of both the Lebanese Armed Forces and Israeli army, where Israel's repeated violations of Lebanese sovereignty in recent months were apparently key items on the agenda.

In early June, Prime Minister Hassan Diab revealed that there had been over 1,000 Israeli violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty by land, sea and air in the first five months of 2020 alone.

Diab's comments came just two days after Israeli tanks crossed the technical fence on their side of the border for the first-time since the 2006 War, provoking a tense standoff with Lebanese troops armed with rocket-propelled grenades.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, David Schenker, stated in June that Israeli flights over Lebanon would not happen if Hezbollah stopped preventing UNIFIL troops from accessing some of the group's de-facto areas of control in southern Lebanon - repeating allegations made by both the US and Israel in the past.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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