By Leith Aboufadel
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – For the first time in several months, a Russian fighter jet crossed over from Syria into Lebanese airspace.
Based on the images from locals, the Russian aircraft was a Su-34 fighter jet; it was spotted over the coastal city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon.
The Su-34 is currently carrying the new X59MK2 anti-ship cruise missile.
The purpose of this overflight is still unknown; however, it was most likely conducting a reconnaissance mission, which means some high ranking official could be visiting.
It is actually carrying a PTB-2000 external fuel tank which Observers also noted could mean that the warplane was actually conducting a maritime patrol off the shores of Syria and Lebanon.
There are also rumors that Russian jets intercepted Israeli jets over Lebanon
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