UN complains to Israel about violations of Lebanon airspace

By REUTERS
May 7, 2013 21:27

UNITED NATIONS - The UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon has protested to Israel after it observed increased violations of Lebanese air space by Israel, which carried out raids in Syria to target what it said were Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah militants.

Intelligence sources said Israel on Friday and Sunday attacked Iranian-supplied missiles stored near the Syrian capital of Damascus, awaiting transport to Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"UNIFIL (the UN Interim Force in Lebanon) says that in the course of the past week it has observed a higher number of Israeli air violations over Lebanese air space," UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters on Tuesday.

"The UN Interim Force has lodged firm protests with the Israeli Defense Force on this matter asking them to cease the over flights," Nesirky said.


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