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'Israeli troops open fire on Lebanon'

Jan 28, 2010
Israeli troops have opened fire on Lebanon from two border posts across the Lebanese southern border, a Lebanese security source says.

The machinegun fire came from Israeli positions near Shebaa Farms on the border between Lebanon, Syria and the occupied Palestinian land on Wednesday, dpa reported.

According to the source, the Wednesday shooting came from Israeli troops stationed in al-Sammaqa and Rwaisat al-Alam positions. No casualties have been reported.

UN sources said that they were checking the latest shooting on Lebanon by Israeli troops.

Earlier in the day, the Lebanese army reported another violation of the Lebanese airspace by an Israeli reconnaissance plane at 7:20 a.m. After flying over the areas of south Lebanon, it returned at 11:05 a.m., a Press TV correspondent reported.

Aslo on Tuesday, the Israeli aircraft crossed into the Lebanese airspace at 11:10 a.m. local time (08:10 GMT) and conducted several unwarranted flights above southern Lebanon as well as the capital Beirut. The jets left the Lebanese airspace at 12:45 p.m. local time (09:45 GMT), according to a statement released by the Lebanese military.

On the same day, an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft was also observed patrolling the skies above several areas in southern Lebanon, including the village of al-Naqoura, located 91 km (57 miles) south of Beirut.

The over-flights are in clear breach of a UN Security Council resolution that ended Israel's 33-day war against Lebanon in 2006.

Lebanon's government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly cited Israel's air surveillance flights over Lebanon as a clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country's sovereignty.

UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the war of aggression Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006, calls on Israel to respect Lebanon's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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