Israel said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to “expose and thwart” cross-border attack tunnels from Lebanon dug by the Iran-backed movement Hezbollah and that their purpose was to send militants to attack Israel.
The Israeli military said its operations were currently confined to Israel and did not extend into Lebanon, where it said the tunnels originated.
The army released footage of tunnels and earth-moving equipment at work, carrying out what it said were “tactical preparations to expose Hezbollah’s offensive cross-border tunnel project”. Reuters could not immediately verify the footage.
The military said the tunnels were not yet operational, but posed “an imminent threat”. Its Arabic media spokesman posted a message on Twitter warning the Lebanese army and Hezbollah to stay away, saying: “Your lives are in danger, you have been warned.”
One tunnel originated under a house in the Lebanese border village of Kfar Kila and crossed the frontier near Israel’s northernmost town, Metula, the Israeli military said.
There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah. The Lebanese army said the situation was calm on its side of the border, as did U.N. peacekeepers operating there. It said the military was “fully prepared to face any emergency”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late on Tuesday the tunnels were a grave violation of Israeli sovereignty.
“Hezbollah’s intention was to insert terrorists into our territory through these tunnels,” he said.
“These cross-border terror tunnels were built by Hezbollah with direct support and funding from Iran. They were built with one purpose in mind – to attack and murder innocent Israeli men, women and children.”
Netanyahu, who on Monday met U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels to update him on the imminent operation, said it would continue for as long as necessary.
Read more: Af.Reuters
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Sep 23, 2020 Comments Off on In U.N. debut, Saudi king calls for comprehensive solution on Iran
Sep 08, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah Urged to Serve the Lebanese People and Stop Supporting Iran
Sep 05, 2020 Comments Off on Pakistan keen on highest level of trade with Iran: Pakistani Advisor
Aug 20, 2020 Comments Off on Hezbollah shipped explosive chemicals to Lebanon prior to Beirut blast: Report
Sep 26, 2020 Comments Off on How Germany was drawn to Iran ‘dual-use’ drone motors for Yemen Houthis
Sep 26, 2020 Comments Off on UAE: Iran’s aggressive policies made Arabs look at Israel
Sep 26, 2020 Comments Off on Any interference in Iran’s internal affairs ‘unacceptable’
Sep 25, 2020 Comments Off on Saudi King’s Misplaced Criticism Of Iran – OpEd
Jul 25, 2020 Comments Off on ‘Flagrant violation’: Iran protests US jet approach at UNIran has protested the “flagrant violation” of international law to the United Nations after it said United States fighter jets sparked panic on an Iranian passenger plane over Syria. ...
Jul 22, 2020 Comments Off on Ayatollah Khamenei Hints Iran Yet to Strike ‘Reciprocal Blow’ Against US Over Soleimani KillingThe January 3 drone strike assassination of Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad brought Iran and the US to the brink of war, with Tehran responding with missile strikes on...
Feb 10, 2020 Comments Off on Qasem Soleimani, a hero or a terrorist?On 3rd of January a news spread in social media regarding Qasem Soleimani and AbuMahdi Mohandes who has died by a US drone strike near Baghdad Airport and this was the end of their lives. In social media, especially Iranian users, there was a chaotic situation, some called of “the general of...