Israel on the border with Lebanon began operation destruction "tunnel of terror"

Israel on the border with Lebanon began operation destruction

Israel on the border with Lebanon began operation destruction "tunnel of terror"

Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah said Tuesday it does not intend to comment for now reports of an ongoing Israeli operation in the area of the Blue demarcation line between the two countries to dismantle a network of tunnels of the organization.

"The army command assures that the situation is calm. and is being followed up on", Elnashra, an online independent newspaper, quoted the army as saying.

The Israeli army said it launched an operation dubbed "Northern Shield" to destroy "attack tunnels" it accused the Iran-backed Lebanese militia of digging under the border.

Since 2014, when the issue of attack tunnels in southern Israel was a central issue in the Gaza war known as Operation Protective Edge, the IDF has built a "highly advanced operational, technological engineering and intelligence capability to neutralize attack tunnels both in the north and in the south", he said.

The operation comes a day after the Israeli police recommended that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is also the defense minister, be indicted on corruption charges.

The situation appeared calm on the Lebanese side of the border where United Nations peacekeepers and Lebanese troops were deployed as usual, a Reuters journalist there said.

"We will continue with further activities, covert and overt, to ensure Israel's security". The tunnel has a length of about 200 metres and takes about 40 meters into Israeli territory.

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The Times of Israel reported Tuesday that National Security Adviser John Bolton said that the U.S. He said the US calls on Hezbollah to "stop its tunneling into Israel and to refrain from escalation and violence".

Netanyahu has spoken of a sensitive security situation in recent days without providing details, particularly after defence minister Avigdor Lieberman quit over a controversial Gaza ceasefire last month.

Lieberman's resignation threatened to trigger early elections, but Netanyahu has held his coalition together and is clinging to a one-seat majority in parliament.

His comments were seen by some as an attempt to save his government, with polls showing wide disapproval among the Israeli public of his handling of the Gaza flare-up in November.

Conricus rejected suggestions of politics influencing the announcement.

Israel appears increasingly concerned that Iran is attempting to transfer some of its military influence from Syria, where Russian Federation is the government's top ally, to Lebanon.

Israeli soldiers guard near the border with Lebanon, in the town of Metulla, northern Israel December 4, 2018. The move could spark tensions between Israel and the pro-Iranian Hezbollah militant group.

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