UN force confirms existence of tunnel in Israel near Lebanon border

UN force confirms existence of tunnel in Israel near Lebanon border

Israel launched an operation dubbed "Northern Shield" on Tuesday to destroy tunnels it said were dug across the border by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

The IDF's decision to launch Operation Northern Shield to neutralize Hezbollah terror tunnels this week stemmed from a growing fear the underground infrastructure would be used by terrorists to carry out attacks against IDF patrols in the area, according to a senior commander of the 91st Galilee Division.

Netanyahu also said he hopes the global community imposes increased sanctions on Hezbollah in response to Israel's exposure of the tunnels.

Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Wednesday that Commander of The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Major General Stefano Del Col chaired a regular tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese army and the Israeli military at the UN position in Ras al-Naqoura. The Israeli military said it had protectively increased forces along the border and warned Hezbollah to keep its distance from the tunnels.

"We are denying our enemies the weapon of tunnels systematically and decisively", he said.

The Obama administration, in contrast to Trump, was careful to avoid singling out Iran as the chief force for terrorism against Israel and US allies in the region in hopes of appeasing the hardline regime as it sought to ink the landmark nuclear pact that Trump abandoned earlier this year. He confidently asserted that when Israel is done with the tunnels, they "will no longer exist and will no longer be effective". Earlier in the week, the Israeli leader said that he asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to consider slapping new U.S. sanctions on the Iranian proxy. They were seen operating in what looked like a construction site, with trucks bringing in equipment and drills and bulldozers digging in the open territory and farmlands inside northern Israel. Last November, Israeli jets flew over Northern Lebanon, the Bekaa Valley and the South.

The Israeli army released photographs, video footage and an illustrative map Tuesday of what it says is the first of several tunnels snaking into Israeli territory that it soon plans to destroy. "Hezbollah knows this and Hamas knows that too".

The same day as the phone messages, IDF Arabic spokesperson on Twitter wrote a warning to Kfar Kila residents to leave the area, claiming they were living in a "ticking time bomb".

The Lebanese army issued a statement to the military movements of the Zionist regime near the occupied Palestinian border with Lebanon.

"The governments who are still in the [nuclear deal], yes, we have a disagreement over the efficacy of the Iran nuclear deal and we think it's a deficient deal that needs to be replaced by a new and better deal", Hook said.