BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:20 P.M.) – For the second time in two days, the Israeli Air Force has conducted flights along the Syrian-Lebanese border, prompting the Syrian air defense forces to raise their security levels.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Israeli warplanes were likely conducting mock raids, but the flight path was similar to the one used to bomb western Damascus on several occasions in the past.
In addition to the flight along the Syrian-Lebanese border, the Israeli warplanes were also seen conducting low altitude flights and mock raids over the southern Lebanese cities of Nabatieh, Al-Arqoub, and Saida (var. Sidon).
The Israeli Air Force conducts overflights into Lebanon almost everyday and while the Lebanese government has repeatedly complained to the U.N. about these violations, little has been done to prevent these actions.
For many Lebanese, these Israeli overflights have become routine, with some of the warplanes often flying as far north as Beirut.