Lebanon's President Condemns Reported Israel Air Force Flyovers, Urges World to Intervene

Michel Suleiman brands alleged Israeli sorties into Lebanon's air space as a continuation of Israel's 'policies of aggression.'

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Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has condemned a series of sorties by Israel Air Force jets, which, according to reports in Lebanon, violated the country's air space on Friday morning.

Suleiman called on the United Nations and the international community on Friday to press Israel to stop breaching Lebanon's sovereignty, saying that such flyovers are a blatant violation of UN Resolution 1701. He further branded them as "a continuation of Israel's policy of aggression" as he urged world powers to intervene on his country's behalf.

The remarks, released in a statement on Friday, followed reports of IAF planes coasting over the southern Lebanese sector of Marjayoun and Al Khayyam up to the Beqaa valley in the east. According to these reports, some of the planes simulated low altitude attacks, as part of activity which started on Thursday.

The president's comments were reiterated by Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansouron Saturday morning, following reports of continued sorties by IAF planes over the Beqaa Valley and Baalbek.

UNIFIL forces in southern Lebanon reported that two brigades conducted exercises in the area, including searches for unexploded bombs and weapons.

Israeli sorties over Lebanon have been reported for several months now. These reports have appeared on Lebanese websites ever since reports surfaced regarding an Israeli attack in Syria which targeted chemical weapons stockpiles, as well as following two recent incidents involving unmanned drones which originated in Lebanon.

Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman.Credit: Reuters

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