Lebanese PM condemns Israeli ‘aggression’

They said they heard an aircraft flying just before the blast and reported later that the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group sealed off the area.

25 August 2019 | 16:13

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 25 August 2019 | 16:13

Lebanese security stand near the site where an Israeli drone was said to have crashed in a stronghold of the Lebanese Hezbollah group, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has described the crash of two Israeli reconnaissance drones over Beirut as a violation and “aggression” against Lebanese sovereignty.

He said Sunday that the developments overnight constitute a threat to regional stability and an attempt to push the situation toward more escalation.

Hariri’s comments were the first by a senior Lebanese official after two Israeli drones crashed in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut.

Israeli warplanes regularly violate Lebanese airspace and have struck inside neighboring Syria from Lebanon on several occasions, angering Hezbollah and Lebanese officials, who have complained to the United Nations in the past.

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