The Israeli overflights continued all night and all day yesterday, visible over the mountains of Laklouk ski resort, north of Beirut.
Seen from the lifts:
And above skier’s heads:
Flying above commercial airplanes as well. See faint streaks bottom center:
Resort staff and lift operators told me they’ve been seeing the jet trails every day, with a sharp uptick over the last few days following the reported Israeli air strike in Syria this week.
There are fears that this increase in overflights–in blatant violation of Lebanese airspace– could be a prelude to continued air attacks.
The pilots also seemed to be involved in a kind of aerial acrobatics:

With not much on this in the media, it’s hard to know to whether these flights are for reconnaissance, interference, just plain intimidation or actual attacks that may go unreported.

I also wonder to what extent pilot hot-rodding plays a role in the maneuvers.

Other than that, it was a spectacular skiing day in Laklouk, which I think is one of the country’s most overlooked resorts. Post on that upcoming.

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Habib Battah
Habib Battah is an investigative journalist and founder of the news site Battah has covered Lebanon and the Middle East for over 15 years and teaches journalism and media studies at the American University of Beirut. He is a contributor to Monocle, The Guardian, BBC World, Al Jazeera and others, a former fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University and two-time recipient of the Samir Kassir Press Freedom Award. Battah's investigative work was recently recognized for outstanding local reporting by the Columbia University Oakes Award for Environmental Reporting. Battah earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Near East Studies and Journalism from New York University.


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