Is A War In The Middle East Near?
Lebanese anti-aircraft guns opened fire on Saturday on an Israeli drone that entered Lebanese airspace in the south of the country, the military said in a statement.
"A surveillance drone of the Israeli enemy" overflew "the area of Bint Jbeil at medium altitude" in the morning, the statement said.
"Army anti-aircraft batteries opened fire on the drone, forcing it to gain altitude before leaving Lebanese airspace."
The country's military reports almost daily on airspace violations by Israeli aircraft, but does not normally open fire at them.
Isolated, this story would not be an event. But coupled with the following, it is something to pay attention to due to the strong interrelationships in the region.
Lebanon's army chief, Jean Kahwaji, called on his soldiers to be wary and to prepare defenses along the border for a possible Israeli attack, the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.
In a statement published in honor of Lebanon's Independence Day, the general said soldiers should prepare "to handle what the Israeli enemy is scheming against the homeland, and to continue the battle against its violations – in the air, water, and land – with all the tools at our disposal".
The implications on this spreading regionally, based on current events, and the potential influence on oil is relevant to any investment decision.