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Wednesday, December 9, 1998 Published at 11:47 GMT

World: Middle East

Israeli planes create sonic boom confusion over Lebanon

Israeli planes have staged mock air raids over Beirut and its southern outskirts.

The planes flew low over the city at high speed, creating sonic booms.

Lebanese security sources say the loud bangs gave rise to erroneous reports that the Israelis had carried out air raids just to the south of the capital and fired missiles into the hills around Na'imah.

The area houses a base of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command.

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