Israel launches operation to cut off Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

05 December, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Israel targets'Hezbollah attack tunnels from Lebanon

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that a cross-border tunnel dug by Hezbollah into Israeli territory and exposed Tuesday as part of a large-scale operation against subterranean passageways from Lebanon is significantly larger that those tunnels dug by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

All operations would take place within Israeli territory, Conricus said, though they still raised the risk of a response from Hezbollah.

"More broadly, we call on Iran and all of its agents to stop their regional aggression and provocation, which pose an unacceptable threat to Israeli and regional security", Bolton said.

Israeli army spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said the "attack tunnels" detected were not yet operational. He said the Israeli operation to counter the tunnels would be inside Israel, and would not cross the border.

The attack tunnels have always been rumored to have been dug from southern Lebanon into Israeli territory by the Iran backed terror group, but Israeli defense officials repeatedly either denied their existence or refused to discuss it. "Hezbollah uses the tunnels for strategic operations, and it's a big difference".

The IDF said that the tunnel was equipped with electrical and communication lines and would have taken some two years to build, likely due to the harsh terrain along the border.

On Tuesday, bulldozers and military vehicles were seen operating near the pastoral Israeli border town of Metula.

Since the end of the 2006 war, Israeli forces have regularly violated Lebanon's sovereignty, with the regime's officials threatening another military offensive against the Arab country.


Israel has also long warned that it believes Hezbollah intends to conduct cross-border raids in any future conflict with Israel, establishing a special forces unit - known as the Radwan Unit - with the specific goal of capturing an Israeli village near the border.

Israel has long voiced concern about Iran's growing military presence along its northern border, warning of an Iranian corridor that could assist in the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah.

Since the start of that war, more than 200 strikes were carried out by Israel according to its military.

The operation comes weeks after Netanyahu faced a major crisis in his governing coalition over the handling of a cease-fire with Gaza militants. In recent years, Israel has destroyed dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under their shared border.

Hezbollah meanwhile has also been distracted by the war in Syria, where it has fought fiercely alongside Assad's troops.

Hezbollah emerged with the help of Iran during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon in the early 1980s.

Neither side appears interested quite yet in another full-fledged confrontation like the 2006 war, but any skirmish could spark an all-out conflict along the tense border.

Recommended:

  • Funeral And Memorial Services Announced for George H.W. Bush

    Funeral And Memorial Services Announced for George H.W. Bush

    The heartwarming image of Sully by the casket was tweeted by Jim McGrath, former President Bush's spokesman, on Sunday night. He will be buried at the presidential library in Texas, alongside his wife, Barbara Bush, who died seven months ago.
    Trump reaffirms commitment to hold summit with Kim Jong

    Trump reaffirms commitment to hold summit with Kim Jong

    On Friday, Trump discussed the situation with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the G20 summit. They have also begun work to reconnect a train line and fix another rail link across the border.
    Oil Prices Fall Again as US Crude Inventories Rise

    Oil Prices Fall Again as US Crude Inventories Rise

    The producer group plus non-OPEC member Russian Federation will gather on December 6 and 7 in Vienna to discuss output policy. Crude oil price remained in a major downtrend and it recently traded below the $53.00 and $52.00 support levels.
  • Seahawks offensive grades vs. 49ers: Russell Wilson is a beast!

    Seahawks offensive grades vs. 49ers: Russell Wilson is a beast!

    Defending Russell Wilson Speaking of Wilson , the Niners defense will certainly have its hands full with the Seahawks quarterback. ESPN .com's Brady Henderson says the Seahawks padded their playoff chances in their blowout win over San Francisco.
    Oil prices soar after US, China suspend trade hostilities

    Oil prices soar after US, China suspend trade hostilities

    It also shares the world's largest natural gas field, the North Field, with Iran. It traded at just over $61 a barrel Monday.
    LeBron James Ignoring Luke Walton's Playcalls

    LeBron James Ignoring Luke Walton's Playcalls

    Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against the Utah Jazz during the second half at Staples Center. He knows when those times are, and he's good at that. "Once we do that, we will be a really good team".
  • Google’s ‘Hummingbird’ could make running all apps everywhere a reality

    Google’s ‘Hummingbird’ could make running all apps everywhere a reality

    Once a user selects an unwanted call/message, DND will auto-generate the report and send them to the relevant carrier. Instead, this is a curated selection of the best that came out this year for a global audience, according to Apple .
    Ever multi-drug Ebola trial in Congo

    Ever multi-drug Ebola trial in Congo

    Peter Salama, called it a "sad toll" as Congo's health ministry announced the number of cases has reached 426. This is the first time this turbulent part of northeastern Congo has had an Ebola outbreak.
    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas set to marry in royal style

    Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas set to marry in royal style

    News reports earlier stated she demand a bomb from Nick to get his hidden marriage shoes back as part of the wedding ritual. He took this as a good sign and said, "I'm going to put this ring on your finger now unless you have any objections".
  • Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas marry in India

    Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas marry in India

    The reason Priyanka is getting trolled on Twitter right now, has something to do with a social campaign she did some time back. He saw her approach in a Michael Kors dress, and he promptly got down on one knee and said, out loud, "You're real".
    Justin Trudeau Urged By Ukrainian Officials To Speak Out Against Russia

    Justin Trudeau Urged By Ukrainian Officials To Speak Out Against Russia

    The move comes after Kiev imposed martial law in border regions this week over the seizure. Meanwhile the Russians claimed that Ukraine illegally entered its waters.
    After G20 Photo, Saudi Prince Left Stage Quickly, Didn't Greet Leaders

    After G20 Photo, Saudi Prince Left Stage Quickly, Didn't Greet Leaders

    European Union leaders urged G-20 participants to address concerns about journalist safety and the Saudi-backed war in Yemen. Prince Mohammed also met Chinese president Xi Jinping on the summit sidelines, the Saudi Press Agency said on Twitter.


Popular

Samsung Promotes Galaxy Note 9 On Twitter…Using an iPhone
Credit: ShutterstockBy the time the device launches, AT&T's 5G network could be active in as many as 19 cities. The announcement by the companies may point to a 5G-capable Galaxy S10 that would be exclusive to Verizon .

British MPs find May government in contempt over Brexit advice
May and her government objected to this ruling, saying that it was pointless because they planned to go through with Brexit. MPs first rejected a Government amendment to the cross-party contempt motion by 311 votes to 307, a majority of four.

Ex-lawyer says he told Trump about Kremlin contact: court filing
Manafort succeeded Corey Lewandowski in directing Trump's campaign, and was essentially replaced in that role by Steve Bannon. There's an ongoing debate, however, about whether a president can be prosecuted for such transgressions while in office.

These are the final colorful socks worn by late President Bush
Jim McGrath , spokesman for the Bush family, tweeted out a photo on Sunday night, captioning it "mission complete". Bush's funeral in Washington, D.C. will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral.

Dubai Rugby Sevens: England third as New Zealand claim title
New Zealand won the Dubai Rugby Sevens title for a record-equalling sixth time after beating first-time finalists U.S. 21-5. South Africa were up against Fiji in the fifth place final duel, while Australia were to meet England for bronze play-off.

German police have raided Deutsche Bank headquarters
The corporation was also fined $700 million for allowing artificial trades in the UK, Russia, and the US. Deutsche Bank's Frankfurt headquarters and other offices were raided by German police on Thursday.

Rumor: Google to shut down Hangouts in 2020
Development on Google Hangouts effectively ceased in early 2017, with users of feature like SMS directed to switch to other apps. Hangouts for Enterprise customers was split into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet back then.

Powell Opens Door to Possible Pullback in Fed Rate-Hike Outlook
The impact of Powell's comments is visible in the spread of Euro-dollar interest rate futures between Dec 2018 and Dec 2019. Tom Porcelli of RBC Capital Markets said investors were wrong to interpret Powell's words as "dovish".

Video shows fight at Cleveland hotel involving Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt
Abigail Ottinger, 19, of Middleburg Heights, told police that Hunt assaulted her around 3:45 a.m. The clip, which came from an OH hotel hallway camera, was published by TMZ on Friday afternoon.

Unifor's Dias says Trudeau willing to join fight to save GM Oshawa
One potential partner could be Honda Motor Co., which already has r&d relationships with GM for fuel cell and autonomous vehicles. The two MI assembly plants GM announced will close are the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and the Warren Transmission Plant.