United Nations in Lebanon Confirms Israel Claim of Border Tunnel

United Nations in Lebanon Confirms Israel Claim of Border Tunnel

The statement reads, "The situation on the Lebanese side is calm and stable, and it is being scrutinized, despite the fact that Israel launched Northern Shield operation over the alleged Hezbollah's tunnels in southern Lebanon on Tuesday morning".

Israel launched an operation dubbed "Northern Shield" on Tuesday to destroy tunnels it said were dug across the border by Hizbullah.

"We are denying our enemies the tunnels weapon in a systematic, determined manner and we will do whatever it takes", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told visiting ambassadors at a briefing Thursday.

Meanwhile, Russia has called on Israel to uphold UN Security Council Resolution 1701 in the wake of its recent military activities near the border with Lebanon.

Hezbollah also continues to operate with impunity in territory that is ostensibly under the control of the Lebanese army and UNIFIL, a United Nations peacekeeping force that critics say has been largely ineffective in carrying out its mandate.

Officials said the tunnel is being dug from the Lebanese village of Ramyeh and has already crossed into Israeli territory.

It said it had contacted the peacekeeping force which monitors the border region regarding a tunnel originating on the Lebanese side of the border.

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"I assess that we have a clear picture of all of the tunnels, but you can never be sure", he said.

So far, the IDF has said it has found two cross-border tunnels, believed by Israel to be part of a Hezbollah plan to conquer parts of the Galilee territory in the country's north, one of which has been confirmed to exist by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). "What we are doing with Hamas and with Hezbollah as well - we're doing everything we need to do".

The IDF located a second Hezbollah terror tunnel and called on the LAF and UNIFIL to destroy it. In Gaza, Israel is always sought to uncover Hezbollah tunnels, and in southern Syria, the movements of this regime have not stopped in the occupied the Golan Heights. Earlier in the week, the Israeli leader said that he asked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to consider slapping new U.S. sanctions on the Iranian proxy. Last November, Israeli jets flew over Northern Lebanon, the Bekaa Valley and the South.

Asked about European allies, particularly Germany and France, who are plotting methods to skirt the US sanctions, Hook said the United States is uniquely placed to enforce the new sanctions. It accused Israel of hacking its mobile network and sending messages to residents, warning them of bombings.

Some in Lebanon have questioned the IDF's tunnel claims despite a number of images and footage released by Israel purportedly documenting the sophisticated 6-by-6-foot underground passageway. They told the IDF about it.

Iran-backed Hezbollah is the only group in Lebanon not to have disarmed after the country's 1975-1990 civil war.

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