Beirut- Lebanese anti-aircraft guns fired at Israeli warplanes over southern Lebanon on Wednesday, a military spokesman said, indicating that Lebanon’s army is taking a new assertiveness toward Israel.
The Israeli planes had “violated Lebanese sovereignty, posing a challenge to U.N. Resolution 1701,” the spokesman said, referring to the Security Council resolution that ended Israel’s 34-day war with Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon last August.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity as is customary for the Lebanese military in the absence of a formal statement.
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Naharnet also is reporting this version of the story.
Reuters has more on the story saying it was an unmanned plane:
Israeli warplanes flew at a low altitude over large areas of southern Lebanon on Wednesday, witnesses said, and the Lebanese army said it had fired on an unmanned Israeli spy plane.
The Lebanese army said it fired at 10.40 a.m. (0840 GMT) on an Israeli reconnaissance plane which had flown near the southern city of Tyre. Israeli warplanes had also flown in the area, it said in a statement, giving no further details.
A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon confirmed the army had opened fire from a mobile anti-aircraft gun.
Israeli warplanes regularly fly over south Lebanon but witnesses said Wednesday’s flights, seen from the Bekaa Valley and the southern city of Sidon, were unusually frequent and at a lower altitude than normal.
Voice of America says this was the first time that the Lebanese fired on Israeli planes since last year’s war between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas.