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Lebanon says Israel supplied no proof of border tunnels

Lebanon says Israel supplied no proof of border tunnels

Israel demanded United Nations peacekeeping force UNIFIL destroy the tunnels on the Lebanese side of the border.

The military provided UNIFL with a map of the area around Ramieh village on which houses are marked which are "connected to another attack tunnel that has been dug from Lebanon into Israel", army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said.

On Tuesday, the Israel Armed Forces announced the launch of operation dubbed Northern Shield aimed at destroying the trans-boundary tunnels dug by the Hezbollah movement to secretly transfer its militants to Israel.

In Metullah, residents seemed unfazed by the increased military presence in their small town, which sits just a half-mile from the Israeli-Lebanese border.

The United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) will send a technical team to "ascertain facts" about alleged Hezbollah tunnels in Israel, a statement issued by the agency said Wednesday. Lebanese army forces and UNIFIL troops are on standby in Lebanon. "That is what we are exposing today and that is what we are dealing with", he said. The Israeli military said it had protectively increased forces along the border and warned Hezbollah to keep its distance from the tunnels.

The parties to the tripartite meeting reaffirmed their commitment to Resolution 1701, and to continued stability along the Blue Line.

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

The army has dismissed any suggestion of political influence in the operation, but some in the opposition, while supporting the army's actions, have pointed to how Netanyahu handled the announcement.

Multiple Launch Rocket System is near the Northen Israeli kibbutz of Yiftah near the border with Lebanon Dec. 5 2018
Jalaa Marey AFP Getty Images

He also stated that the northern operation was one of the reasons the cabinet decided not to launch a major offensive against Hamas in Gaza following a barrage of 460 rockets in a 48-hour period last month, the official added.

But what's significant is Netanyahu's domestic situation, which is in deep crisis, due to the change of battle rule as his minister of defense' resignation, and on the other hand because of the Netanyahu and his wife's corruption scandal.

US officials fear these recent moves by Iran are a preview of its preparations for a "massive regional war".

"Today, we can say that we are aware of what Hezbollah is doing".

Hezbollah has always proclaimed readiness to confront any Zionist adventure and has a strategic capability that can complete the deterrence equation and deter attacks against the enemy.

Livni told public radio that while she and the rest of the opposition welcomed the army's discovery of the tunnels and their eventual demolition, "the incident must be kept in proportion".

Hezbollah's tunnels were part of a larger plan to invade the Galilee region in northern Israel.

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