Israeli fighter jets reported flying over Beirut

Lebanese news agency claims heavy IAF activity taking place along country’s coast

Adiv Sterman is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Illustrative photo of IAF F-15s flying in formation. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of IAF F-15s flying in formation. (Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Israeli fighter jets were seen flying Thursday over Lebanese territory, including above the nation’s capital Beirut, a Lebanese news agency reported.

According to the Nashera news agency, extensive Israeli Air Force activity has taken place over the country’s coastal regions, Israel Radio reported.

The reports were not immediately verified by any additional sources.

Last month, Lebanon’s state-run media reported that Israeli fighter planes and unmanned drones flew over two villages in the country’s south. The Lebanese National News Agency reported that fighter jets buzzed the villages of Arkoub and Hasbaya, in southeast Lebanon.

In August, the IAF struck targets south of Beirut in retaliation for rockets fired on Israel by terrorists in Southern Lebanon.

Sources in the United Nations asserted that Israel has more than doubled its overflights of Lebanese airspace compared to the previous year, suggesting preparations for possible action against Syria or Hezbollah.

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