Lebanese army fires on Israeli warplanes: Military

Last Updated: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 20:01

Beirut: Lebanese anti-aircraft guns
opened fire on two Israeli warplanes that were violating its
airspace at medium altitude Sunday, the military said.

"The army`s anti-aircraft guns fired at two Israeli
warplanes overflying Hasbaya" in southeastern Lebanon, an army
statement said.

The incident came amid rising regional tension and
heightened concern in Lebanon over recent Israeli threats
against Shiite militant party Hezbollah and its backers Syria
and Iran.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a 34-day war in the summer
of 2006 which destroyed much of southern Lebanon and killed
more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and close to 160
Israelis, mainly soldiers.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, adopted
unanimously in August 2006, ended the war and expanded a UN
peacekeeping force deployed at the Lebanese border with
Israel.

Israel`s regular overflights into southern Lebanon, a
Hezbollah stronghold, are a breach of Resolution 1701, but the
Jewish state argues they are necessary to monitor what it
claims is massive arms smuggling by Hezbollah.

While Lebanon`s army reports almost-daily Israeli
violations of Lebanese airspace, the military rarely opens
fire unless the planes fly within range of its guns.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 20:01

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