Lebanon condemns Israeli violations
Sleiman on Friday urged the United Nations and the international community to put pressure on Tal Aviv to end breaching Lebanon’s sovereignty.
The reaction came after Lebanese Army announced that 16 Israeli military aircraft penetrated Lebanese airspace and flown over several areas of the country on Thursday.
The Lebanese president said that Israeli sorties into Lebanon’s airspace are a blatant violation of UN Resolution 1701 and “a continuation of Israel’s policy of aggression.”
Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.
Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly condemned the overflights, saying they are in clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.
UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the war of aggression Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In 2009, Lebanon filed a complaint with the United Nations, presenting over 7,000 documents pertaining to Israeli violations of Lebanese territory.
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