Lebanon protests Israel’s use of its airspace

JERUSALEM: Lebanon protested Israel’s use of its airspace to target Syria, saying it will complain to the U.N. Security Council.

In a statement Saturday, Lebanon’s Foreign Ministry also said it supports Syria’s “legitimate” right to respond to Israel’s “aggression.”

The statement said such “aggressive policy” threatens stability in the region.

Lebanon urged concerned countries to “rein in” Israel.

Israel said an Iranian drone infiltrated its airspace Saturday from Syria.

Meanwhile, Lebanon’s news agency said a missile, apparently from the Syrian air defense, has landed in a lemon grove in a village in southwestern Lebanon.

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has hailed Syria’s response to Israel’s attack on Iranian and Syrian bases in Syria, saying it signals “a new strategic phase” that puts an end to violation of Syrian territories.

Israel said one of its F-16s crashed after it came under fire from Syria. Israel responded with a “large scale attack” on 12 bases in Syria. The incident was sparked by what Israel said was an Iranian drone infiltrating its air space. A joint operation room of Syria and its allies, Iran and Hezbollah, denied the drone entered Israel airspace.

In its statement Saturday, Hezbollah said the “brave confrontation of the aggressing Israeli planes,” including downing an F-16, ushers in a “new strategic phase” that puts an end to the violation of Syrian airspace and territories. Hezbollah, which has sent thousands of fighters to back the troops of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the developments mean “a decisive end to old arrangements.”