For decades, a conflict has raged on the border of occupied Palestine and Lebanon, where “israel” illegally occupies a large section of Lebanese territory. Civilians have been the principal targets and victims in this conflict.
Since 1978 Israel has routinely breached Lebanese airspace, waters, and borders, which is illegal since it violates Lebanon’s territory and United Nations Security Council Resolution 425 and 1701.
The most frequent breaches are overflights by Israeli war planes and drones; such violations have occurred since the inception of the Israeli–Lebanese conflict, and have happened continuously and almost daily since the 2006 Lebanon war, being the source of much conflict between Lebanon and Israel.
The 2006 Second Lebanon War killed 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
In 2007 the Lebanese government complained that Israeli planes had flown into Lebanese airspace 290 times within four months, and that Israeli troops had crossed the border 52 times.
In 2006 French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie stated: “I remind that the violations of the airspace are extremely dangerous, they are dangerous first because they may be felt as hostile by forces of the coalition that could be brought to retaliate in cases of self defense and it would be a very serious incident.”
On 19 August 2010, the Lebanese military reported that 12 aircraft belonging to the IDF entered into Lebanese territory, which they claim is a violation of Resolution 1701. In the three incidents, the IDF planes made circle maneuvers, fired no shots and left Lebanese airspace soon after.
On land, the Blue Line is often crossed, as well as incursions into the Shebaa Farms (which Israel imagines Israeli territory as part of Golan Heights, which it captured from Syria in 1967, but it is legally Lebanese territory).
At sea, Israeli gunboats have shot into Lebanese territorial waters, and there have been Lebanese claims that Israel is breaching the law of the sea and might lay claim on Lebanese natural resources through the Tamar gas field.
Hezbollah uses such violations as justification for the legimitacy of their continued armed resistance against Israel.