Israel's Netanyahu talks with United Nations secretary general over operation against Hezbollah tunnels

Israel's Netanyahu talks with United Nations secretary general over operation against Hezbollah tunnels

Israel's Netanyahu talks with United Nations secretary general over operation against Hezbollah tunnels

The Israeli military said Thursday it's found a new tunnel that runs beneath the Israel-Lebanon border they believe was created by militant group Hezbollah.

The surprise announcement came hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels over regional dangers, with both having repeatedly warned about the activities of Israel's arch foe Iran.

Israel provided no evidence of cross-border attack tunnels in a meeting with United Nations peacekeepers on Wednesday, Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said.

During the call, Netanyahu updated Guterres on the details of the "Northern Shield" operation, which the Israeli army launched on Tuesday, and urged the United Nations to strongly condemn "the violation of Israel's sovereignty". "Hezbollah knows that and Hamas knows it too".

No special instructions were issued for Israeli civilians in the area, but local municipalities were preparing public bomb shelters as a precaution against potential attacks by Hezbollah.

The few officers entrusted with planning the operation worked in conjunction with the Gaza Division to study the methods to locate the tunnels, but at a certain point it became clear that a different approach would have to be adopted in light of the different geological conditions in the north, that include rocky terrain as opposed to the sandy soil of Gaza.

The Israeli military, which launched the operation on Tuesday, has said its activity would, for now, stop on the Israeli side of the border.

The Zionist regime is aware of the unsafe changes in the conflict rules with the resistance group in Gaza, Lebanon and Syria, and it knows too well that in the case of war, the three resistance groups will unite against their common enemy.

"Everything is calm and peaceful on the Lebanese side [of the border]". He said Israel demanded that UNIFIL investigate and "neutralize" the shaft of the tunnel.

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The question on the minds of Middle East analysts is why Netanyahu is moving this subject to the forefront of the region and implicitly threatening war against Lebanon.

"Hezbollah is putting your lives in danger because of digging tunnels", said the Arabic audio message, which appeared to have been sent by Israel. "There's about ten times that and we haven't seen a single case, a single filing of a complaint or report by UNIFIL", he added.

"We're going to destroy more (tunnels)".

Meanwhile, John Bolton, the US National Security Advisor defended the Zionist regime movement against the Hezbollah cross-border tunnels. "If you pass the first 24 or 48 hours, and we are there, without an escalation, I think the risk is much lower", Netanyahu said.

A military tunnel in south Lebanon would be a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which prohibits any armed force in southern Lebanon south of the Litani river except for the LAF.

"Second point is that we have a ideal right of preemptive self-defense to survey and collect intelligence against those who openly declare their goal to destroy us, and we do so".

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