Lebanon to report Israel’s airspace violation at UN

By Furkan Guldemir

 

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AA): Lebanon on Saturday decided to file a complaint against Israel at the UN Security Council for violating the country’s airspace, according to the countryâs presidency. Israel has been violating Lebanese airspace regularly for years.The UN Security Council has taken no action against Israel in the past.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun spoke to Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri over the phone about Israel’s violation of Lebanese airspace during its air operation in Syria, a presidential statement said.

The statement also said the Defense Ministry and Presidency of General Staff submitted reports on Israel’s violations to the Presidency; Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is expected to raise the issue at the UN Security Council.

Later on Saturday, fragments of rockets, which Israel had used in airstrikes in Syria, landed on the Lebanese territory, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent on the ground. [See Photograph]

Some fragments landed in the rural area of Ser Ain town of eastern Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. Shrapnel pieces also reportedly landed in Ali en-Nahri town.

No casualties were reported.

Earlier on Saturday, Israeli army shot down allegedly  an Iranian drone launched from Syria and struck a number of Iranian targets in the war-torn country, according to the Israeli military.

Iran has rejected as “ridiculous” claims by Israeli that it had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria, stressing the Islamic Republicâ€s military advisory presence in the Arab country is at the request of Syria’s “constitutional and legitimate” government.

“Claims about the flight of an Iranian drone … are too ridiculous to be addressed because the Islamic Republic of Iran has advisory presence in Syria at the request of the country’s legitimate and constitutional government,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Saturday.

Later the Israeli military said an Israeli fighter aircraft crashed in northern Israel following a raid in Syria.

One of the pilots, the army said, had been seriously wounded as a result of an emergency evacuation from his F-16 jet that came under Syrian fire.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Photo:  A tailpiece of a rocket, belonging to an Israeli fighter jet, which was shot down as it was carrying out airstrikes in Syria, is seen in Kaukaba village of the Hasbaya District of southern Lebanon’s Nabatieh Governorate on February 10, 2018. Photograph: Ali Abdo/AA]

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