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Israeli warplanes fly over Beirut, violate airspace

Israeli warplanes out air strikes across the besieged Gaza Strip, on predawn Thursday, allegedly in response to the launch of incendiary balloons by Palestinians [Maan News]
Israeli warplanes [Maan News]

Israeli warplanes Monday violated the Lebanese airspace by flying over the capital Beirut and several areas of the country, reports Anadolu Agency.

Residents in Beirut and suburbs heard sonic booms created by the warplanes.

The Lebanese National News Agency said:

Israeli enemy warplanes effectuated Monday intensive flights at medium and low altitudes above various Lebanese regions in the south, Metn, Jbeil, Keserwan, Hasbaya, and Beirut.

The Israeli aircraft also flew over the southern Sidon city and the Jezzine town, south of the capital, as well as areas in northern Beirut.

Israel, Lebanon tensions at the border - Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel, Lebanon tensions at the border – Cartoon [Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

The Lebanese army frequently reports violations of its airspace by Israeli warplanes and drones.

Lebanon is locked in a dispute with Israel over an area in the Mediterranean Sea spanning about 860 square kilometers (some 332 square miles), known as Zone No. 9, which is rich in oil and gas.

In recent months, Lebanon and Israel have accused each other of land, air, and maritime space violations.

READ: Israel, Lebanon talks on maritime borders stall

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