Israeli Violations of Lebanese Sovereignty
This thread is in no way comprehensive or complete. Israeli violations are committed numerous times on a daily basis, and because they are so frequent, they do not all go reported. The violations in this thread only account for a few days out of every month. The purpose is to keep a partially updated tally of Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty, in order to paint a picture of the kinds of threat and aggression that Lebanese civilians have to live under on a daily basis.
(Note: I'll be slowly updating this thread until it is up to date. The first post accounts only for a portion of Israeli violations in the first few months after the July-August 2006 war.)
18-08-2006: Israel Mounts Fresh Strike in Lebanon Only days after agreeing on a ceasefire, the Israeli army says it carried out an overnight raid inside Lebanon aimed at disrupting and alleged arms transfer. One Israeli soldier and Lebanese are reported to have died in the incident.
20-08-2006: Israeli warplanes continue to violate Lebanese airspace A Israeli fighter jet flew carried out flights over the Northern Bekaa area and along the Syrian-Lebanese border at medium altitude, in a continued violation of Lebanese airspace. Israeli warplanes also flew at medium altitude over the Akkar region in northern Lebanon.
04-09-2006: Israeli Blockade On Lebanon Continues Israeli blockade in effect since July 13 2007 continues, despite the ceasefire and Resolution 1701, as ships and planes are blocked from reaching Lebanon's ports and airport, costing Lebanon hundreds of millions of dollars on top of the destructive toll of the war.
18-09-2006: Israeli Violations Of Lebanese Airspace Intensify The Israeli warplanes continue to violate Lebanese airspace, under the eyes of UNIFIL. Monday morning, Israeli warplanes flew over Rashyya and Western regions of the Bekaa at medium altitudes. Other Israeli warplanes flew over the Southern of Marje'youn, Nabatiyeh and Iqlim el-Tofah. Other Israeli overflights were carried out over villages in the interior and Western sectors of Southern Lebanon as well as over a village in the region of Bint Jbeil. Yet more Israeli warplanes, accompanied by reconnaissance aircraft, flew at low altitude over the region of Jizzine.
21-09-2006: Continues Israeli Violations of Resolution 1701 and Lebanese Sovereignty Officials in Beirut said the Prime Minister Fouad Saniora had ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs to submit a protest to the Security Council of the United Nations on the Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace along the border and confirmed that Israel was pumping water from the Wazzani River in the south. "The Lebanese authorities have informed us about Israeli pumping of Wazzani waters and we are investigating," said Alexander Ivanko, spokesman for Interim Force United Nations in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Israel delayed Wednesday the withdrawal of its remaining troops, saying that questions still needed to be reviewed with the international forces and the Lebanese army, both deployed in southern Lebanon. Other Israeli forces have changed points of the Blue Line drawn by the United Nations, annexing more territories Lebanese territories in the process.
07-10-2006: Israeli warplanes fly deep into Lebanon Israeli warplanes fly deep into Lebanon, just two days after Israeli forces withdrew from nearly all of Southern Lebanon. Two Israeli warplanes entered Lebanese airspace at medium altitude over Aitaroun and headed north toward Tripoli at approximately 9 a.m., the Lebanese Army said. Two more warplanes entered Lebanese airspace over Jounieh a short while later, before heading south. They left Lebanon at approximately 10:30 a.m., according to the army. Reports from the National News Agency said the first pair of warplanes conducted a series of mock air raids over Nabatiyeh, Khiam and Marjayoun. The second pair conducted similar maneuvers in the Iqlim al-Tuffah region, Nabatiyeh, Khiam and Marjayoun, as well as the Western Bekaa Valley. The Lebanese government has complained repeatedly about the violations of its airspace and sovereignty, adding that they also constitute breaches of the UN resolution that halted the war on Aug 14. Lebanon has threatened to complain to the Security Council unless the Israelis also leave the Lebanese side of the divided village of Ghajar. Israeli forces isolated Ghajar with barbed wire and ramparts. Israeli soldiers carrying out the measures threatened to open fire on a group of Lebanese journalists in the area, according to the National News Agency.
23-10-2006: Israeli Warplanes Fly At Low Altitude Over Beirut And Southern Lebanon Israeli warplanes Monday carried out their "most intensive flights" in Lebanon since the end of the July 2006 war on Lebanon. Two warplanes twice flew at low altitude over Beirut, and four aircraft carried out similar flights over the South of Lebanon. A source in the Lebanese police said that these flights are the most intense since Aug. 14, and seem to be a challenge to Resolution 1701 and French calls for overflights to cease. The territorial violations took place shortly after France, which currently leads the UN force in Southern Lebanon, has said it might open fire on the aircraft carrying an intrusion.
24-10-2006: Israeli Warplanes Fly Over Group Of Lebanse Soldiers Israeli warplanes carried out overflights Tuesday over a group of Lebanese soldiers accompanied by a Spanish contingent from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), and the Israeli army dismantled barbed wires erected on the Lebanese side of the border. On Monday, Israeli aircraft intensively flew over Beirut and Southern Lebanon. The overflights come after French President Jacques Chirac called Friday for Israel to end overflights of Lebanon, an action which he described as contrary to "the spirit and letter" of Resolution 1701. A senior official of the United Nations said Monday that the overflights "were hurting" in the international peacekeeping force established in that country.
25-10-2006: Israeli warplanes in 'incident' with German ship off Lebanon: Military Two Israeli warplanes were involved in an armed incident with a German ship patrolling off Lebanon as part of the UN force in the Arab country, the German military told AFP. A spokesman for the command of the German mission in Lebanon said it was investigating the incident that took place on Monday. According to Thursday's edition of the Tagesspiegel newspaper, two Israeli F-16 warplanes fired shots as well as anti-missile defense flares while flying low over the German vessel. The newspaper said the incident had been reported to parliament on Wednesday by a state secretary in the defense ministry, Christian Schmidt. France and the United Nations this week warned Israel that it was endangering the multinational peace mission in Lebanon by sending its fighter planes into Lebanese airspace. Police in Lebanon have claimed that there were more Israeli flights over their country on Monday than on any other day since the end of the Jewish state's 34-day war with Hezbollah.
31-10-2006: Israeli warplanes fly low over Beirut, suburbs Israeli warplanes staged mock raids Tuesday over Hezbollah strongholds in south Beirut in the heaviest show of air power over Lebanon since an Aug. 14 cease-fire. The Israeli fighter jets dived low over the southern suburbs at least six times before roaring back into the sky. Lebanese security officials said eight Israeli jets had crossed the border and dispersed, flying over southern and central Lebanon, with some reaching south Beirut. Some concerned residents took to rooftops and balconies to watch. Tuesday's show was the heaviest aerial incursion of Lebanon since the end of Israel's 34-day offensive against the Hezbollah militant group. Lebanon, with United Nations support, has frequently protested Israeli flights over its territory.
10-11-2006: 12 Israeli jets violate Lebanese airspace as Paris seethes over mock attacks Twelve Israeli jets violated Lebanese airspace on Thursday, a few hours after Paris summoned Israel's ambassador in protest over Israeli warplanes diving on French UN peacekeepers in the South, the Lebanese Army said. The fighter-bombers entered Lebanon at 12:25 p.m. and flew high over the coastal town of Naqoura. The Israeli warplanes flew over towns and villages of Southern and Eastern Lebanon on Thursday, Lebanese security officials said. The move came despite repeated calls by the United Nations for Israel to cease such flights over Lebanese territory. Israeli fighter jets flew over the southern coastal town of Naqoura and the city of Tyre as well as Baalbek in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, said Lebanese officials, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media. French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said Wednesday night that flights over Lebanon nearly caused a ''catastrophe'' that day, when French peacekeeping troops were seconds away from firing on the Israeli warplanes. She said a squadron of Israeli F-15 fighter planes nose-dived that day over French peacekeepers in southern Lebanon and were ''clearly in attack position.'' French troops responded by readying an anti-aircraft missile, and were seconds away from firing on the warplanes, she added.
17-11-2006: UNIFIL protests after 14 violations of Lebanese airspace by Israeli army The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today observed and reported 14 violations of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli army, said the spokesman of Secretary General. "Eleven of them have occurred in the area of operation of the French battalion in UNIFIL, in the central sector," said the spokesman, who said that an opportunity "two F-15 Israeli overflew the area at low altitude and high speed. "The anti-aircraft unit of the French battalion has taken preparatory steps to respond to these measures, in accordance with rules of engagement for UNIFIL and resolution 1701 (2006) - resolution that ended the armed conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon this summer. Major General Alain Pellegrini, commander of the Force, issued strong protests to the Israeli authorities, asking them to stop, said the spokesman. These actions are unacceptable and violate resolution 1701 (2006), said Alain Pellegrini. In response to a question, the spokesman reiterated that the military posts of UNIFIL were clearly marked and that the countries concerned were fully aware where they are, as is the case for all missions of peacekeeping The United Nations. The head of UNIFIL has repeatedly protested against the overflights into Lebanese territory, recalling that French forces had anti-aircraft batteries which they could use in situations of self-defense (dispatch of 19.10.06, see also the reaction the Minister of Defense of France dispatch of 20.10.06).
06-12-2006: Movement of Israeli troops on the Lebanese border Unusual troop movements were reported yesterday by the Israeli army along the Lebanese border village of Ghajar, the Shebaa Farms and hills of Kfarchouba. These movements began last Sunday, following an Israeli proclamation of a state of alert along the border with Lebanon. The movements were accompanied by intensive overflights of helicopters above the border territories and in the Syrian Golan area.
12-12-2006: Israeli overflights of Lebanon Israeli warplanes yesterday flew over Southern Lebanon, including the cities of Tyre, Nabatiyeh and Marjayoun as well as over a deployment of the UNIFIL forces, said the Lebanese army. They also carried out low-altitude overflights over a number of Lebanese villages.
21-12-2006: Israeli Overflights Continue; Qatari contingent of UNIFIL Deploys The vanguard of the Qatari contingent, which must participate in UNIFIL, arrived yesterday in Beirut. Thirty-five soldiers with small arms landed at the airport aboard a Qatari military aircraft. The force commander, Colonel Abdel Nasser Attiyah, said that the vanguard would be complemented by the arrival of another group bringing the participation of Qatar to 203 peacekeepers. In addition, Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace continue. Yesterday, an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft flew over Hasbaya, the Arqoub, Marjayoun and for the West Bekaa. This overview has been accompanied by intense activity of the Israeli army on the borders in the eastern and southern Lebanon bordering Shebaa Farms. Another reconnaissance aircraft flew over the sea at 8am, opposite the villages of Ansar, Doueiri, Charquié, Jebchit and Haruf (caza Nabatiyah). On the other hand, sub-munitions dropped by the Israelis in southern Lebanon before the end of the war continue to claim victims. Over the last 48 hours, a member of Hezbollah, Ali Melhem, was killed and four others were injured by two explosions of cluster munitions. Melhem was killed and two of his comrades wounded in a field of Bourgoz region, north of the Litani River, outside the area of deployment of UNIFIL. Two other Hezbollah members were injured yesterday in the same place. Hezbollah held funeral Ali Melhem in his village. The unexploded sub-munitions have been 25 killed and 137 wounded since the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, mostly civilians.
03-01-2007: Repeated Israeli overflights The Lebanese army reported yesterday violations of Lebanese airspace, and thus the resolution 1701, by Israeli aircraft. It specified in a statement that 10 Israeli warplanes flew over Lebanese airspace, as follows: four aircraft overflew the Shebaa Farms, two aircraft overflew the region of Rmaich, and four other aircraft reached the city of Jbeil, heading east. The air crafts also flew over the region of Baalbeck for half an hour, before leaving Lebanese airspace at about noon. In addition, ANI reported that Israeli warplanes, flying at medium altitude, also overflew the chains of the Southern regions of Nabatiyeh and Jezzine. The news agency added that "MK" (UAV) type aircrafts were observed flying over Mt Lebanon regions of the country.
11-01-2007: Israeli Army increases patrols along border The National News Agency reports said Wednesday that the Israeli Army conducted extensive patrols in the Southern borders next to the towns of Adaysseh and Kfar Kila. The reports added that an Israeli surveillance drone violated Lebanese airspace earlier in the day, flying over the towns of Marjayoun and Khiam in the eastern sector of the South. Meanwhile, the Spanish contingent of UNIFIL conducted patrols in the eastern sector Wednesday afternoon.
12-01-2007: Incursion by IDF near Ayta Chaab A correspondent for the National News Agency in the area of Bint Jbeil said yesterday that and Israeli force of about fifteen soldiers carried out an incursion inside Lebanese territory, in an area between the villages of Ramieh and Ayta Chaab. The Israeli patrol penetrated about fifty meters into Lebanese territory where it detonated a mine. An addition, Israeli units conducted patrols yesterday at around around noon in the Shebaa farms area while helicopters overflew the region. An Israeli patrol was also reported in the morning in the sector of the Lebanese village of Ghajar. Furthermore, the Lebanese army reported yesterday new overflights of Israeli aircraft, lasting up to 13 hours, in various sectors of southern Lebanon and the Bekaa.
19-01-2007: More Israeli Violations, Cluster Bombs Claim Another Victim The Israeli Air Force continued its air violations of Lebanese territory and warplanes and observation over yesterday regions Wazzani, Arkoub, Khiam, Marjayoun and Nabatiyeh. In addition, a Lebanese civilian was seriously wounded yesterday in southern Lebanon by the explosion of a bomb sub-munitions. Missilmani Khodr, 35, worked in an orchard in the village of Chaaitiyé, south of Tire, when he stepped on the sub-munition that exploded. Achieved many chips in the body, was admitted to hospital. Wednesday, a Palestinian was wounded in similar circumstances, while another Palestinian refugee had passed away from injuries retained from an cluster munition. 27 people have been killed and over 144 injured by such unexploded ordnances.