Israel planes fly over south Lebanon

Israel-planesThe Lebanese army reports further violation of the country’s airspace by Israeli planes amid tensions deepening after Tuesday’s deadly border clashes.

On Thursday, an Israeli reconnaissance plane entered the Lebanese airspace over the border  village of Kfar Kila in southern Lebanon, the army said in statement.

A similar Israeli aircraft breached Lebanon’s airspace in the south on Wednesday, flying over the border area for about two hours, the statement added.

The developments come after the deaths follow clashes that erupted on Tuesday after Israeli troops tried to uproot a number of trees in an area which Beirut considers part of its territory.

Israeli forces targeted a military post in the Lebanese village of Adissyeh with gunfire and rockets, killing three soldiers and a journalist. A senior Israeli officer was also killed in the fire exchange.

The incident drew serious warnings from Lebanese officials, including President Michel Sleiman, who vowed that his country would “stand up to Israel’s violation of UN Resolution 1701 — whatever the cost.”

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah also gave his movement’s full support for the army, warning that if Israel invaded the Lebanese military again, his resistance movement force would not hesitate to act.

“The arm that extends itself against the Lebanese army will be cut by the resistance,” he said.


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