Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has discovered a second terror tunnel dug from Lebanon into Israeli territory, asserting that the dig is for the purposes of Hezbollah attacks.
“Our troops just exposed a SECOND attack tunnel that Hezbollah dug from Lebanon into Israel. Hezbollah planned to use this tunnel to carry out an attack against Israeli civilians. We won’t let them,” the IDF tweeted.
The IDF added that they had placed explosives inside the tunnel, warning that “anyone who enters the tunnel does so at their own risk.”
Similar to the first tunnel, discovered during the first day of the Northern Shield operation, the facility was not operational and did not pose any immediate threat to Israel, according to the IDF.
On Tuesday, Israel announced the launch of an operation code named Northern Shield, aimed at destroying trans-boundary tunnels dug by the Hezbollah movement to secretly transfer militants and weapons inside Israel.
IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis said that the military 1st of the Hezbollah was being dug from a private home in Kafr Kila in southern Lebanon.
According to the spokesman, it took some two years to build the tunnel under the house that stretches about 200 metres, 40 of which are within Israel’s territory.
Manelis went on to say that Israel had warned Lebanon and the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in South Lebanon that anyone who approached the area of the operation, was putting himself in peril.
According to Haaretz, the Israeli military has been aware of Hezbollah’s plans to build tunnels along the Israel-Lebanon border in order to carry out attacks against the Jewish state since the 2006 Lebanon War and has been trying to map them since 2014.
Israeli Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren commented that Israel was not pursuing any “hidden agenda” in respect to Lebanon by carrying out the operation.
“The tunnel that was discovered by our army in the north of Israel today infiltrates Israel’s territory by tens of meters. Hezbollah’s goals were clearly aggressive and we could no longer tolerate it. How long the operation will continue, I cannot say. We are searching for the tunnels, I emphasize, on our territory,” Koren said.
In a televised address held at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, PM Benjamin Netanyahu said he backs the military’s operation to destroy underground cross-border tunnels which he said were dug by Iran-backed Hezbollah militants from Lebanon.
He said that he discussed with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo the issue of imposing new sanctions against Hezbollah.
Netanyahu added he was also going to hold talks on Hezbollah with other world leaders and the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in the next few days.
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