Lebanon claims Israel conducting more mock sorties

IAF fighter jets, reconnaissance drone reportedly spotted flying through Lebanese airspace

An Israeli F-15I fighter jet. (Tsahi Ben-Ami/ Flash 90)
An Israeli F-15I fighter jet. (Tsahi Ben-Ami/ Flash 90)

Israeli jets carried out a series of mock raids over Lebanon Thursday night and Friday morning, according to a Lebanon army statement issued Friday.

The report said Israeli fighter planes, accompanied by a reconnaissance drone, flew over Lebanese airspace for three hours and conducted mock sorties.

Similar incidents of IAF “violation of Lebanese sovereignty and resolution 1701” were reported on Wednesday, when the fighter planes reportedly flew over the Litani River, a natural barrier that marked the northern lines of the IDF presence in Lebanon before Israel’s 2000 withdrawal to the 1949 armistice lines.

Since Israel’s reported attack on a weapons convoy carrying advanced weapons from Syria to Lebanon last week, reports of Israeli jets flying over Lebanon have become increasingly common.

In response to the reported Israeli flyovers, the Lebanese Army and the terrorist group Hezbollah are said to be upping their military preparedness in the southern part of the country.

The pan-Arab London-based daily al-Quds al-Arabi reported Friday that Lebanese officials fear that an Israeli strike, similar to Israel’s alleged strike on Syrian targets last month, is imminent.

According to the report, there is also suspicion among Hezbollah’s ranks that Israel intends to kidnap one of the organization’s senior members. The paper cites sources in southern Lebanon who said the suspicion is based on increased Israeli threats, and Bulgaria’s blaming of a July bombing in Burgas — in which 5 Israelis were killed — on the Shiite terror group.

Israel has not responded to the reports.

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