IDF Estimates a Dozen Hezbollah Tunnels Cross Into Israel

Lamar Ellis
December 7, 2018

He said that at the end of the operation, the tunnels "will no longer exist and will no longer be effective".

The footage shows two people walking towards the camera; they are scared off by what appears to be a small explosion.

The Israeli military Tuesday launched an open-ended operation to destroy what it said was a network of tunnels built by Hezbollah aimed at infiltrating northern Israel.

In an exclusive interview with The Israel Project, Michael Mazeika, a five-year resident of Metulla, said that the northern city, on the border with Lebanon, is a "beautiful place" to live, but, with the news of recently discovered tunnels dug by Hezbollah, facing a "terrible reality".

According to Conricus, earlier Thursday Israel provided UNIFIL's commander with a map and data regarding the newly-uncovered tunnel. The army urged Israel not to carry out any work inside Lebanese territory.

The U.N. mission, known as UNIFIL, said its regular weekly meeting with the Lebanese and Israeli armies discussed Israel's "activities" searching for suspected tunnels. We encountered such tunnels in the Second Lebanon War. The Israeli army said it used the meeting to express its objection to "the severe violation of Israeli sovereignty".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to update him on the details of a military operation that will destroy cross-border tunnels between Israel and Lebanon, according to a statement released by his office.

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"This is another example of Iran's revolutionary foreign policy that is expansionist and destabilizing for the Middle East when Iranian backed Hezbollah is digging tunnels into another country beneath their borders", said Brian Hook, the Trump administration's top Iran envoy. "There were other reasons too, but that was one of them", he said.

The Israeli military conducted operations to destroy the tunnels earlier this week, shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a one-on-one meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels.

"This constitutes a new and extremely serious attack on the security and safety of the citizens of Lebanon, whereby Israel is violating the dignity and privacy of individuals and making a direct threat against their lives", the Lebanese ambassador to the UN wrote in a letter to the UN Security Council on Thursday.

He appealed to both sides in using the mechanisms to "avoid misunderstandings and ensure that security and stability" along the border is maintained and reinforced.

Iran envoy Hook told the Free Beacon that despite protestations from some European governments about the implementation of harsh new US sanctions on Iran last month, European companies have been more than willing to go along with the Trump administration in order to avoid penalties.

United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon have confirmed the existence of a tunnel discovered by the Israeli military close to the blue line separating the two countries, it said in a statement on Thursday.

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