Lebanon files complaint to UN over Israeli violation of airspace


Published: 2017-09-11 13:13

Last Updated: 2017-09-11 14:41

Israeli jets have caused panic and damage to residents of the city of Saida. (Photo Credit: AFP)
Israeli jets have caused panic and damage to residents of the city of Saida. (Photo Credit: AFP)
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According to Reuters, the Lebanese government will issue a formal complaint to the United Nations over Israel's violation of airspace in the southern city of Saida. 

“We have started preparing to file a complaint to the (U.N.) Security Council against Israel for flying its planes at low altitude... causing material, moral and sovereign damage,” tweeted Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. 

After Israeli jets flew low over the city, sonic booms caused the breaking of windows and shook buildings for the first time in years, Lebanese security sources and residents said.

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri echoed the statement, saying Lebanon would issue its complaint “against Israel for planting spy devices on Lebanese land and continuously breaching” its airspace, according to his office. 

According to the Lebanese army, Israeli warplanes regularly violate Lebanon's airspace, but rarely fly so low. The Israeli military gave no immediate comment. 

Tensions between the two countries are on the rise, having reached their peak in a month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006. 

The war claimed the lives of 1,200 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, most of them troops.

In recent years, Israel has been targeting Hezbollah inside Syria as well as military leaders in several strikes.

The apartheid state has also been conducting its largest military exercises near its northern border, which some believe to be an attempt to intimidate Hezbollah forces.