08:46 GMT +314 December 2019
Listen Live
    An Israeli F-15 E fighter jet takes off during an air show.

    Lebanon Set to Lodge Complaint With UN Over Israeli Jets’ Sonic Booms

    © AFP 2019 / THOMAS COEX
    Middle East
    Get short URL

    Beirut will file a complaint with the United Nations Security Council following a recent intrusion of Israeli jets into Lebanese airspace.

    On Sunday, Israeli Air Force F-15 fighters zipped over Saida, the third-largest city in Lebanon, while breaking the sound barrier. The sonic boom created by the fast, low-flying Israeli warplanes caused the foundations of buildings to shake and broke windows, Lebanese security officials told Reuters.

    Beirut is in the process of writing a complaint to the UN Security Council for "causing material, moral and sovereign damage,"Gebran Bassil, the Lebanese Foreign Minister said via Twitter Sunday. The Lebanese Prime Minister’s office, meanwhile, accused Tel Aviv of "planting spy devices on Lebanese land," according to a statement.

    While it’s not unusual for IAF planes to enter Lebanese skies, what made the most recent fly-over unique was how low the jets flew.

    On September 4, Israeli Defense Forces initiated a 10-day military training drill to prepare for a potential war with Hezbollah, a Shi’ite Islamist paramilitary and political group in Lebanon. The drills are IDF’s largest war simulation exercise in almost 20 years. 

    During the first week of May Israeli jets carried out airstrikes on Hezbollah forces, Sputnik reported, leading analysts to believe the IDF might open up a larger offensive.


    IDF Push to Modernize Includes More Training for Reserve Forces
    Israeli Police Arrest Suspected Head of Gang That Stole IDF Rifles
    Israel Targets Hamas Post in Gaza in Response to Shelling of IDF Unit
    Syria's Projectiles Land on Israeli Part of Golan Heights, No Casualties - IDF
    Israeli Servicemen, Palestinian Militants Exchange Fire Near Gaza Borders - IDF
    f-15, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Gebran Bassil, Lebanon, Israel
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik