12 IAF planes fly over Lebanon, army claims

Lebanon's ambassador Nawaf Salam appeals to United Nations over 54 alleged Israel violations of Resolution 1701.

February 8, 2013 18:35
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IAF F15 fighter jet (Illustrative)

IAF F15 fighter jet 311 (R). (photo credit: Baz Ratner / Reuters)


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UNITED NATIONS – Lebanon’s Ambassador to the UN Nawaf Salam submitted a statistical summary to the Security Council of 54 violations supposedly committed in December by Israel of Resolution 1701, the cease-fire resolution that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

The letter was submitted to the secretary-general and the president of the Security Council on January 28, and was given to the General Assembly and made public on Friday.

Nearly all citations are of reconnaissance aircraft or warplanes breaching Lebanese airspace, with fewer than a dozen others detailing the brandishing of weapons or the directing of spotlights toward Lebanese border security.

Compounding the implications of the report, 12 Israel Air Force planes flew over Lebanon between Thursday and Friday, the Lebanese Army claimed.

According to a statement, the Israeli planes entered Lebanese airspace at 10:30 p.m. and roamed over various parts of the country, finally leaving at 1:15 a.m.

The army also said that the Israeli reconnaissance planes flew over the Nakoura area in southern Lebanon for several hours.

The report log ends on December 31, and thus does not address the possible use of Lebanese airspace in a strike on a Syrian weapons cache, which occurred on January 31. US officials have said that the weapons destroyed in the alleged Israel Air Force strike were SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles and launchers headed for Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. The transfer of those weapons would constitute a violation of Resolution 1701.

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

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