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UN protests violation of Lebanese airspace

February 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

The UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon has lodged a protest with Israel after it observed increased violations of Lebanese air space by the country which carried out recent raids in Syria targeting what it said were “Iranian missiles” being sent to “Hezbollah”.

Intelligence sources said that “on Friday and Sunday, Israel attacked Iranian-supplied missiles stored near the Syrian capital of Damascus which were awaiting transport to Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s closest ally.”

UN spokesman, Martin Nesirky, told reporters that “the UN Interim Force in Lebanon says that in the course of the past week, it has observed an increased number of Israeli air violations of Lebanese air space.”

He added that “The UN Interim Force has lodged firm protests with the Israeli Defence Force regarding this matter, asking them to cease the overhead flights.”

Furthermore, in a letter obtained by Reuters yesterday, Lebanon has urged the UN Security Council to “force Israel to halt its violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty by air, sea and land and to carry out all its obligations in accordance with Resolution 1701.”