Beirut (AFP) – Lebanon’s president on Monday said an Israeli drone attack on Beirut at the weekend was a “declaration of war” that justified a military response.
“What happened is a declaration of war,” Michel Aoun told Jan Kubis, the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, in a meeting.
“This allows us to resort to our right to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” he added, in a statement released by his office.
The army said two Israeli drones had violated Lebanese airspace over Beirut before dawn on Sunday, with one exploding in the air.
Hezbollah movement chief Hasan Nasrallah said an armed drone had hit a target in the party’s Beirut stronghold, without specifying.
It was the first such “hostile action” since a…