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Lebanon: 12 IAF jets fly over Beirut

Lebanese army says IAF warplanes violated airspace in hour-long foray; IDF refuses to comment.

f16 224.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
f16 224.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski )
IAF warplanes violated Lebanese airspace on Monday, flying on reconnaissance missions over Beirut and elsewhere in the country, the Lebanese army said. The army said in a statement that "12 enemy Israeli warplanes" violated Lebanese airspace before noon, four flew over the Mediterranean off the coastal city of Byblos in the north and headed toward the eastern province of Hermel. Eight other Israeli warplanes flew over the southern town of Rmeish, then headed north to Beirut, the Chouf mountains, southeast of the capital, and Hermel before heading back to the "occupied territories," the statement said. It added that the Israeli over-flights lasted about an hour. There was no immediate statement from the Israeli army which usually does not comment on its flights in Lebanon. IAF jets frequently fly over south Lebanon in what Israel says are reconnaissance missions. The over-flights have drawn ground fire from Lebanese troops on at least two occasions since a UN-brokered cease-fire ended the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hizbullah guerrillas in August 2006.