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Beirut (AP) – Israeli military jets carried out several low-flying flights over Beirut, as reconnaissance drones also flew over Sunday, which has become a daily occurrence.
Israel regularly violates Lebanese airspace, often to carry out attacks in neighboring Syria. On Christmas Eve, Israeli jets flew late into the night, terrorizing the residents of Beirut, who are no strangers to such flights. They were followed by reports of Israeli attacks in Syria.
In the final days of President Donald Trump’s administration as tensions at the high level in the area are making residents irritable, the frequency of low-flying warplanes in the capital has intensified over the past two weeks.
“When the drone comes out, the war planes come. When combat aircraft leave, drones return. They have seen us in our PJs, filmed us in our PJs and surveyed us in our PJs. Now what, “quipped Twitter user Areej_AAH.
“The terror of all kinds experienced in life in Beirut, the panic with this low-flying Israeli warplanes in Beirut is very special,” tweeted Rudenah Balbacqi, who said it was the memories of the 2006 war with Israel Brought back.
Israel rarely comments on these reports.
Many fear clashes in the area before Trump leaves office to assassinate Iranian commander Qasim Soleimani in Iraq last year, or to investigate efforts by the administration of Joe Biden, the incoming administration to negotiate with Iran Can.
On Friday, the Lebanese army recorded an Israeli flight that lasted for about six hours in the south of the country.
A Twitter account tracking the aircraft’s movement in the Middle East, Intel_Sky has recorded dozens of Israeli jets flying over Lebanon, including mock raids, since the beginning of the year. Intel_Sky called Sunday’s flights “fake raids”.
This summer, the Lebanese military said Israel violated its airspace about 30 times in two days, blowing up reconnaissance drones and jets into Lebanese territory.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon says that Israel enters Lebanese airspace on a daily basis in violation of UN resolutions and the country’s sovereignty.
Between June and October 2020, UNIFIL recorded a daily average of 12.63 airspace violations, totaling 61 hours and 51 minutes in flight time, a significant increase from the previous four months. UNIFIL stated that about 95% of the drones were violated.
Israel and Lebanon are technically at war. Hezbollah, a powerful Lebanese terrorist group backed by Iran, is an enemy of Israel and both have had numerous conflicts, including a full-scale war in 2006.
Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said in a year-end interview, Israel’s attempts to curb its group’s ability to acquire precision-guided missiles have failed. He claimed that Hezbollah now has twice the number of missiles it had last year.
Israel has expressed concern in recent months that Hezbollah is trying to set up production facilities to produce precision-guided missiles.