Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon, draw army fire

BEIRUT Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:06am EST

An Israeli air force F-15 fighter jet flies during an exhibition at the Hatzerim air base, southern Israel June 25, 2009. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

An Israeli air force F-15 fighter jet flies during an exhibition at the Hatzerim air base, southern Israel June 25, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's army said on Tuesday it fired anti-aircraft rounds at four Israeli warplanes which flew at low altitude over south Lebanon.

U.N. peacekeepers and Lebanon say Israeli flights over the country violate Security Council Resolution 1701 that ended a 34-day war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in 2006.

Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon frequently but are no frequently fired on.

An spokesman for the Israeli army said it was checking the report of the incident.

Israel relies heavily on air supremacy and its air raids destroyed large districts of the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut and several towns and villages in south Lebanon during the 2006 war.

Hezbollah has said it has the right to acquire air-defense weapons and to use them against Israeli warplanes.

(Editing by Louise Ireland)

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