Lebanese Army fires on Israeli fighter planes: Military

Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on four Israeli fighter planes which were violating its air space and flying at low altitude on Monday, the military said.

Last Updated: Jan 11, 2010, 16:17 PM IST

Beirut: Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on four Israeli fighter planes which were violating its air space and flying at low altitude on Monday, the military said.
"The Army`s anti-aircraft guns fired at four enemy Israeli planes that had been overflying the (southern) area of Marjayoun this morning," an Army spokesman said on condition of anonymity.

A report said about 70 rounds had targeted four Israeli planes.

While Lebanon`s Army publishes almost daily reports of Israeli violations of Lebanese air space, the military rarely opens fire unless the planes fly within range of its guns.

The Israeli infringements are a breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 which ended the devastating 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon`s Shi’ite militant group Hezbollah.

Israel argues that the overflights are necessary to monitor what it says is massive arms smuggling by Hezbollah in breach of the same resolution.

PTI