BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman condemned Friday recent Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty, calling them a continuation of the Jewish state’s “policy of intimidation” and a bid to destabilize the country.

Israel has intensified the rate of its overflights in Lebanese airspace over the past several days, a development security sources attribute to the monitoring of cross-border weapons transfers with Syria.In contrast to the routine near-daily flight patterns by Israeli jets, unusual flight patterns were recorded in the last 48 hours by the Lebanese Army.

Several mock attacks were also carried out by the Israeli air force in the southern regions of Bint Jbeil and Nabatieh. While such flights have long been a daily affair, the recent low altitude flights have alarmed civilians and officials alike.