The Lebanese army says Israeli warplanes have violated their airspace by flying missions over Beirut and elsewhere in the country.

The army said in a statement that 12 "enemy" Israeli warplanes violated Lebanese airspace before noon Monday, four flew over the Mediterranean off the coastal city of Byblos in the north and headed toward the eastern province of Hermel.

It added that eight other Israeli warplanes flew over the southern town of Rmeish, then headed north to Beirut, the Chouf mountains, southeast of the capital, and Hermel before flying back to the "occupied territories." The Israeli overflights lasted about an hour, the statement said.

There was no immediate statement from the Israeli army which usually does not comment on its flights in Lebanon.