Lebanon planning nighttime military patrols

Feb. 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The Lebanese military, following reports of Israeli border violations, said Wednesday it scheduled air patrols over parts of the country overnight.

The official National News Agency published a statement from the military saying the "Lebanese air forces will carry out night flights" beginning Thursday over several military bases and cities, including in Beirut.

Two separate military statements issued Wednesday said Israeli military aircraft were observed in parts of southern Lebanon late Tuesday.

The Lebanese government has expressed its concern over the incursions in the past to the U.N. Security Council.

A Security Council resolution mandating an end to hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah calls on Israel to respect Lebanon's sovereignty while reminding Hezbollah of its obligations to disarm.

Hezbollah issued a statement Wednesday through al-Manar, its broadcast station, saying it was frustrated by an Israeli strike Monday near the shared border with Syria. The Shiite movement, which says it needs to maintain its weapons to defend against Israel, said the incursion was a "flagrant" act of aggression against Lebanon.

"The resistance [Hezbollah] will choose the appropriate time, place and way to retaliate," it said.

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