Lebanon opens fire at Israeli jet fighters

China View (Link) (December 29, 2009)

Lebanese army on Tuesday fired intensively at four Israeli Phantom jet fighters flying at a low altitude over south Lebanon, the country's state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

The report said that Lebanese army opened anti-aircraft fire at the jet fighters which were flying over Hasbaya in south Lebanon on Tuesday morning, forcing these planes to leave Lebanese airspace.

The Israeli warplanes entered Lebanese airspace over Arkoub, Hasbaya and western Bekaa amid extensive Israeli ground military activities in Shebaa Farms, the report said.

Lebanon accuses Israel of intruding its airspace on a daily basis, saying it is a violation of UN security council resolution 1701, which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah, and mandates peacekeepers to monitor the armistice along the border.

Last month, Lebanon opened fire at an unmanned Israeli reconnaissance plane flying over its territory, forcing it to leave the Lebanese airspace.