Lebanese Army Opens Anti-Aircraft Fire at Unidentified Drone

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The Lebanese army opened anti-aircraft fire on Thursday at an unmanned plane in central Bekaa, the state-run National News Agency reported.

According to NNA, the Army's Second Artillery Brigade opened anti-aircraft fire at a drone that was flying over the Riyaq military airport.

It is unclear if the drone was hit.

“Around 10:30 am an Israeli reconnaissance plane overflew Riyaq region and army units in the area responded by opening anti-aircraft fire,” the army said in a communique later in the day.

However, Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said that the army “opened anti-aircraft fire at three Israeli MK drones that staged a circular flight over Riyaq airport.”

According to the radio station, the three UAVs were filming the area to help militiamen reach into Riyaq airport from Syria's Zabadani.”

In a separate statement, the army said that “Israeli warplanes violated Lebanon's airspace on Wednesday afternoon over the town of Alma al-Shaab, staging a circular flight over all Lebanese regions, before leaving the airspace at 10:45 pm over the town of Kfar Kila,” added the statement.

Israel's violations of Lebanese airspace, some of which at low altitudes, have intensified in recent days.

Israel routinely sends F-16 fighter planes over Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 war. The Israeli planes have often broken the sound barrier over Beirut and other places as a show of strength, most recently after the drone incident.

NNA also reported on Thursday that Israeli warplanes overflew the town of Marjayoun at 9:00 am.

On December 30 last year the Lebanese army opened anti-aircraft fire for the first time against Syrian airplanes violating its airspace since the outbreak of the Syria's conflict in 2011.

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Comments 19
Default-user-icon chamel (Guest) 04 December 2014, 12:33

The article is about the lebanese army but the full time propagandists insist it's about the iranian iSlamic jihadi terrorists, god bless the lebanese army.

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2014, 12:38

could also be ISIS doing some reconnaissance, they used qatari-supplied drones before, like for the attack on raqqa airport

Thumb freedomarch 04 December 2014, 14:13

God bless our Army.

Thumb freedomarch 04 December 2014, 14:15

It seems like Marwan Charbel is going to be the president!

Thumb whyaskwhy 04 December 2014, 13:26

Lol what could they possibly want to spy on here? the old hawker sidley planes or let me guess our readiness to place a squadron of F22's into the skies at a moments notice? I am sure its another conspiracy by the evil and scheming IDF to undermine the very pillars of our democracy.....

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2014, 14:01

yea man, thanks for debunking this. the same reason applies to daily israeli flights, they never existed. we made it all up because we're antisemitic evil arabs.

Thumb galaxy 04 December 2014, 14:47

you are iranian

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2014, 15:01

OMG galaxi! that has got to be your wittiest comment. ever!

Missing greatpierro 04 December 2014, 13:49

How come you do not react same wise when the Syrian warplanes fly over Lebanon.

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2014, 13:58

actually they dont fly -over- lebanon. they hit some points right on the border, specifically in arsal's jurd, and the takfiri fanclub cried because it may or may not have been 10 inches passed the undefined border.

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2014, 13:59

but since they are hitting the lebanese army's ennemy, why should we care? they're doing us a favor with each they fry a rodent

Thumb _mowaten_ 04 December 2014, 14:00

but since they are hitting the lebanese army's ennemy, why should we care? they're doing us a favor each time they fry a rodent

Missing coolmec 04 December 2014, 15:32

Pajama boy
Correction we have 4 billions as KSA granted 3 billion and recently granted another billion. I hope it is wisely used to buy weapons for the LAF and not stolen by our politicians

Thumb Mystic 04 December 2014, 15:47

Beautiful retaliation by the LAF.

Thumb ex-fpm 04 December 2014, 18:58

lol@accountability!

Missing humble 04 December 2014, 19:40

We have three enemies: Israel - Iran and Syria

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 04 December 2014, 20:39

god bless our army
this helicopter exists only in museums

Thumb Mystic 05 December 2014, 11:06

I like that comment accountability, it is indeed a dream that never happend for you. Syria and Lebanon are allied, against the takfiris and Israel.

Default-user-icon Brenda (Guest) 05 December 2014, 14:16

For more on the problem of Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace see " The Menace of Israeli Warplanes" on the Friends of Lebanon website, with its link to prior article "Birds of Prey." The key problem is the impunity behind Israeli aggression. Both UNIFIL and the Lebanese government have repeatedly complained to the UN for years about these continuous violations, yet nothing is done.