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Lebanon files complaint with UN over Israel's use of its airspace to strike Syria

August 20, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Israeli warplanes hit several targets in Syria [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanon today lodged an official complaint with the UN Security Council (UNSC) following what it said was an Israeli airstrike on Syria from within its airspace yesterday, according to a government statement.

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry said Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace and flew at low altitudes over areas in southern Lebanon.

According to the statement, “a complaint has been sent through Lebanon’s representative to the UN, Ambassador Amal Mudallali, regarding the Israeli violations and called for the necessity of deterring Israel from committing these violations again.”

Lebanese Minister for Defense and Foreign Affairs Zeina Adra also condemned “the Israeli enemy’s blatant launching of missiles from Lebanese airspace and targeting sites in Syria at low altitudes.”

Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a statement that “the Israeli enemy’s continued violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty constitutes a direct threat to the UN Resolution 1701.”

Yesterday evening, Israeli warplanes flew at low altitudes in several Lebanese regions and launched several missiles, causing panic among residents.

UNSC Resolution 1701 calls for a full cessation of hostilities and Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon.

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