Beirut (Associated Press)-Israeli military aircraft made several low-altitude flights over Beirut, and reconnaissance drones buzzed overhead on Sunday, which has become a daily event.
Israel frequently violates Lebanese airspace and frequently launches attacks in neighboring Syria. On Christmas Eve, Israeli jets flew at low altitudes late at night, posing a threat to Beirut residents who are no strangers to this kind of flying. According to reports, Israel launched a strike in Syria.
Over the past two weeks, the frequency of low-altitude fighter jets in the capital has increased, and residents have been disturbed by increased tensions in the area during the last few days of President Donald Trump’s administration.
“When the drone left, the fighter came. When the fighter left, the drone returned. They saw us in our PJ, filmed us in our PJ, and responded in our PJ. We monitored it. Now,”
Tweeted Rudeynah Baalbaky said: “Among the various panics that I encountered in my life in Beirut, the panic that accompanied the Israeli warplane flying at low altitude in Beirut was very special.”
Israel rarely commented on these reports.
Many people worry that before Trump leaves office, conflicts may erupt in the region in retaliation for the United States’ killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq last year or weakening the incoming government Joe Biden ( Joe Biden) to negotiate with Iran.
On Friday, the Lebanese Army recorded an Israeli flight in the south of the country lasting nearly six hours.
Since the beginning of this year, Intel_Sky, a Twitter account that tracks aircraft movements in the Middle East, has recorded dozens of Israeli jets flying over Lebanon, including simulated attacks. Intel_Sky refers to the Sunday flight as a “simulated attack.”
At one point this summer, the Lebanese Army stated that Israel had violated its airspace nearly 30 times in two days, flying reconnaissance drones and jets into Lebanese territory.
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said that Israel violated United Nations resolutions and the country’s sovereignty every day to enter Lebanese airspace.
Between June 2020 and October 2020, UNIFIL recorded an average of 12.63 airspace violations per day, with a total flight time of 61 hours and 51 minutes, a significant increase from the previous four months. UNIFIL stated that drones accounted for approximately 95% of violations.
Israel and Lebanon are technically at war. Hezbollah is a powerful Lebanese militant organization supported by Iran and a sworn enemy of Israel, and a series of confrontations between the two countries, including the all-out war in 2006.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview at the end of the year that Israel’s efforts to curb his team’s ability to acquire precision-guided missiles had failed. He boasted that Hezbollah now has twice as many missiles as last year.
Israel has expressed concern in recent months about Hezbollah’s attempts to build production facilities to manufacture precision-guided missiles.