Report: Israel fires flares over Lebanon

March 18, 2013 - 3:28 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state-run news agency says Israeli warplanes have violated Lebanese airspace.

Lebanon's National News Agency says Israeli warplanes dropped flares on Monday over the Mediterranean Sea, just off the coast near the southernmost town of Naqoura.

The Lebanese army did not immediately confirm the report.

But earlier Monday, the army issued statements alleging a series of violations of Lebanese airspace by Israeli jets.

Israel has escalated its flights over Lebanon in recent weeks amid regional tensions resulting mainly from the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the reports.