Israel to expose Hezbollah attack tunnels from Lebanon

Israel to expose Hezbollah attack tunnels from Lebanon

"The Hezbollah terror organization, which is responsible for digging the cross-border attack tunnels, continues its activity that is supported and funded by Iran, to establish its terror infrastructure against Israeli civilians", an IDF spokesperson said.

While the Hezbollah tunnels were part of this "situation", they are not the only concern Israel has today when it comes to Lebanon.

Lt. -Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesperson, said it had detected tunnels crossing from Lebanon into northern Israel.

The attack tunnels have always been rumored to have been dug from southern Lebanon into Israeli territory by the Iran backed terror group, but Israeli defense officials repeatedly either denied their existence or refused to discuss it.

Bulldozers and military vehicles were seen operating near the pastoral Israeli border town of Metula on Tuesday.

"Since 2006, we've been identifying Hezbollah's efforts to build defensive tunnels on its territory, activity it increased after the (Second Lebanon) war", the IDF Spokesman's Office said.

According to unnamed Israeli officials, the operation would likely "take weeks".

An Israeli military digger works on the Lebanese Israeli border next to a wall that was built by Israel in the southern village of Kafr Kila Lebanon
An Israeli military digger works on the Lebanese Israeli border next to a wall that was built by Israel in the southern village of Kafr Kila Lebanon

More than 1,125 Lebanese, majority civilians, and some 40 Israeli civilians, were killed in that conflict.

The announcement of the operation came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels on Monday night. The IDF did not disclose how many tunnels there are or how long the operation would last. Israel has spent years attempting to tackle a network of tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israel and has used a variety of methods to destroy tunnels and prevent them from being rebuilt.

Netanyahu further told Pompeo that Tehran's aggression also needed to be confronted in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere.

The statement did not mention UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping force also charged with keeping Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon. Israel has generally refrained from engaging in Syria's civil war, though it has carried out scores of airstrikes against what Israel says were Iranian shipments of advanced weapons bound for Hezbollah.

Israel and Lebanon have been involved in a series of conflicts over the years and the two remain technically at war.

The military said in a statement it had "enhanced its presence and readiness in the Northern Command and is prepared for various scenarios". The Iran-backed Shia group has not yet commented on Israel's actions.

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