Lebanese army opens fire at intruding Israeli drone

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The Lebanese army has fired at an intruding Israeli reconnaissance drone flying at low altitude in the Bekaa region.

In a statement, the Lebanese army said it opened anti-aircraft fire at an Israeli reconnaissance drone over Riyaq military airport in east-central Bekaa region on Thursday.

“Around 10:30 am an Israeli reconnaissance plane overflew Riyaq region and army units in the area responded by opening anti-aircraft fire,” the army said.

It is unclear whether the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down.

Meanwhile, local sources said the army opened fire at three unidentified drones that had violated Lebanon’s airspace.

Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.

The Lebanese government, resistance movement Hezbollah, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) have repeatedly condemned the Israeli over-flights, saying they are in blatant violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the Lebanese sovereignty.

The UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which led to 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 the Lebanese territory.

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