Friday, 14 December, 2018

United Nations force confirms presence of tunnel on Lebanon-Israel border

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reveals secret Hezbollah missile sites during his address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 27 2018 Israel launches military operation to destroy 'cross-border terror tunnels'
Kenny Thornton | 08 December, 2018, 22:12

A United Nations peacekeeping force on Thursday confirmed the presence of a tunnel in northern Israel near the Lebanese border, after the Jewish state accused Hezbollah of digging under the frontier.

In fact, Netanyahu, who was scared of the Palestinian resistance after his defeat, has taken measures to restore his domestic image, especially since charges were brought against him about corruption and bribery.

The IDF Northern Command has intelligence regarding roughly a dozen tunnels along the border with Lebanon, which they assume to be all of them, the officer explained.

"In 2012, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah proclaimed that he has a plan to conquer the Galilee", said Lt. Colonel Jonathan Conricus of the IDF Spokesperson's unit, in a briefing on the northern border called after the IDF launched an operation in the early hours of Tuesday morning to expose and neutralize Hezbollah tunnels crossing into Israel.

Lebanon's Prime Minister designate, Saad Hariri, said on Wednesday that the Israeli operation at the border should not lead to any escalation. "The Lebanese army is ready to deal with any possible incidents".

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday that the Israeli regime had failed to provide any evidence for alleged tunnels dug from Lebanon into the occupied territories by Hezbollah fighters. Lebanese army forces and UNIFIL troops are on standby in Lebanon.

"Your town will be exposed to danger because of the presence of tunnels linked to (Hezbollah) near your homes", the message reportedly said.

Netanyahu addressed the work of UNIFIL to the ambassador's on Thursday, calling on the force to expand its role on the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Venezuelan president arrives in Moscow seeking support
Maduro has repeatedly blamed a US-led economic war for the crisis, saying Washington is plotting to topple his government. Both leaders are battling financial crises and have clashed with the USA in recent months.

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

"We are aware of additional tunnels", he said.

The public identification of Iran isn't likely to surprise worldwide observers, but signals aggressive moves by the Trump administration to tie Iran to the rise of terrorism not just in Israel, but across the Middle East, where Iranian-backed militants continue to strike USA interests and allies.

"Today we have launched Operation Northern Shield".

Israel traditionally views Hezbollah's presence in Lebanon and Syria as a threat to its national security as the movement is backed by Iran, which is Israel's main rival in the region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.

USA officials fear these recent moves by Iran are a preview of its preparations for a "massive regional war". He added that the Trump administration will "do everything we can to starve the militias Iran funds and" choke off money being sent by Iran to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Hamas, Hezbollah, and a slew of other militant groups.

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