Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hasan says Beirut is going to lodge a complaint at international institutions and organizations after two US fighter jets harassed a Lebanon-bound Iranian civilian aircraft over Syria’s airspace, and caused injuries among the passengers.
On Saturday, Hasan denounced the incident as a “criminal intimidation” and a shameful act for Americans, stating that Lebanon will soon announce its official position over the matter.
He noted that his ministry, on behalf of the passengers of Mahan Air’s Flight 1152, will sue Washington over mental and physical threats posed to passengers.
The Iranian aircraft had taken off from the capital Tehran and was en route to the Lebanese capital Beirut when US warplanes conducted aggressive maneuvers and came dangerously close to the plane over Syria’s al-Tanf region on Thursday night.
The Lebanese health minister went on to say that international criminal courts have a responsibility to look into such threats in accordance with international law, which stipulates the safety and protection of the lives of passengers.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has condemned the harassment by United States warplanes of an Iranian passenger plane over Syria.
In a statement issued on Friday, Hezbollah said the Thursday harassment of the Iranian passenger plane by US fighter jets over Syria was a “terrorist act” and a “very dangerous matter” that could have dire consequences for the entire Middle East region.
The statement said the American interception of the civilian plane, which had Lebanese nationals on board, necessitated decisive international action against the US.
On Thursday night, US warplanes operating illegally in Syria conducted aggressive maneuvers dangerously close to an Iranian Mahan Air flight over Syria’s al-Tanf region.
Mahan Air’s Flight 1152 had taken off from Tehran and was en route to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, when the incident happened.