Israel Discovers Hezbollah Terror Tunnels, Launches Major Mission

Israel Discovers Hezbollah Terror Tunnels, Launches Major Mission

Israel Discovers Hezbollah Terror Tunnels, Launches Major Mission

"Air force, Navy prepared to engage Iran with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", the Israeli News Agency added.

Israel and Hezbollah have avoided any major conflict across the Lebanese-Israeli border since their last war in 2006, though Israel has mounted attacks in Syria targeting what it said were advanced weapon deliveries to the Shi'ite Muslim group.

Operation Northern Shield "is not expected to spark an escalation" between the IDF and Hezbollah, according to Haaretz, which adds, "The question is how Iran will respond". The paper opined that after Iran changed its behavior under Russia's pressures, the battle between Israel and Iran will be dragged into other countries. Israel holds the Lebanese government accountable for all terror activity emanating from Lebanon against Israel.

Chief of Staff of Israeli military, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, claimed that the so-called Operation Northern Shield had been launched before the tunnels were operational and "became an immediate and direct threat to northern communities and army bases".

Later, he addressed Pompeo in a tweet: " I look forward to discussing with you how we can together curb Iran's aggression in the region, in Syria, in Iraq, in Lebanon and elsewhere".

Russian Federation expressed tacit support on Wednesday for Israel's current operation to expose Hezbollah's cross-border attack tunnels, while calling on both sides to show restraint lest the volatile situation on the Lebanese border escalate.

It's called Operation Northern Shield.

Russian Federation on Wednesday gave its backing to an Israeli operation launched a day earlier to destroy underground tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israeli territory, but warned against violations of a United Nations armistice agreement that maintains calm on the border.

"Hezbollah's intention was to insert terrorists into our territory through these tunnels", he said. Israel is on high alert for any possible Hezbollah reaction. The Lebanese media are broadcasting factual reporting on the development, not making a big deal out of it. Politicians are also relatively quiet. Residents of the area told Israeli media they had been hearing digging noises for years and had reported their suspicions to the military.

In 2013, the army acted on reports that Hezbollah was digging tunnels, but failed to locate any, he said. "He is tilting at windmills in Lebanon in an attempt to evade it", the Hezbollah official said. One such flight to Beirut last Thursday was followed by an Israeli air raid. It threatened to retaliate against any Israeli attack, releasing a video showing targets in Israel with their coordinates.

The operation could have been a reaction to Iran test firing a ballistic missile.

It also expressed its "strong support" for Lebanon's "territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence" and called for respect of the Blue Line.

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has denied the missile's nuclear capability.

Berri also received a phone call from the U.S. Ambassador Elizabeth Richard.

Israeli officials have long warned the threat posed by Gaza's Hamas rulers pales in comparison to that of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah - a heavily-armed mini-army with valuable combat experience and an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets that can reach almost every part of Israel.

"Israel expects the worldwide community and the Security Council to condemn this activity by Hezbollah and to demand that the Lebanese government implement Security Council resolutions", he added.

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