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Israel determined to take further action against Iran in Syria - Israeli PM

Israel determined to take further action against Iran in Syria - Israeli PM

During the visit, David Hale, US undersecretary of state for political affairs, will underscore US concerns about Hezbollah's destabilizing activities in Lebanon and the region, which include the recent discovery of Hezbollah's cross-border tunnels.

However, Israel has until now generally refrained from commenting about the strikes for fear of triggering a reaction and being drawn into the deadly fighting in neighboring Syria's civil war.

"Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus worldwide airport", Netanyahu said on Sunday at the start of a cabinet meeting, according to his office.

"Just in the last 36 hours did the [Israel Air Force] attack Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the global airport in Damascus", the premier said. Netanyahu added that Israel is more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria.

On Tuesday, Eisenkot will be replace by Maj.

"Overnight, the air force also attacked on the southern front against Hamas targets in Gaza and this morning we announced the exposure of an additional tunnel, a main tunnel, perhaps the most important, that crossed the border into our territory".

Eisenkot also revealed that the government approved his shift in strategy in January 2017, stepping up air strikes in Syria. It has said, however, that they were not yet operational.




It reached a few dozen metres into Israel, and at 55 metres underground was the deepest as well as "the longest and most detailed" of all the tunnels the army exposed, Conricus said.

The find is a part of Operation Northern Shield aimed at detecting and destroying what Israel calls a vast network of Hezbollah tunnels.

"According to our assessments, there are no longer any tunnels crossing into Israel", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said. In tandem we'll seize a number of locations in Lebanese territory from which Hezbollah digs tunnels that have not yet crossed into Israel.

Lt Col Conricus said: "We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve a month and a half ago".

It is believed the tunnels were allowing militants to sneak across the border and carry out attacks.

In February past year, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles downed an Israeli F-16 fighter jet carrying out a raid over Damascus. Conricus says the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as UNIFIL, had been updated on the latest development.

Israel has called on the worldwide community to impose tough sanctions on Hezbollah and act against the state within a state operation in Lebanon.