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Israel begins operation to expose Hezbollah ‘attack tunnels’ on Lebanon border

Israel begins operation to expose Hezbollah ‘attack tunnels’ on Lebanon border

Israel’s military said on Tuesday it was beginning an operation to “expose and thwart” cross-border attack tunnels from Lebanon dug by Hezbollah. A spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, said Israel’s military was aware of a number of tunnels crossing into the country from Lebanon to the north, and that the army would be operating within…

Israel’s military said on Tuesday it was beginning an operation to “expose and thwart” cross-border attack tunnels from Lebanon dug by Hezbollah.

A spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, said Israel’s military was aware of a number of tunnels crossing into the country from Lebanon to the north, and that the army would be operating within Israel only and not crossing the border.

The military said in a statement it had “enhanced its presence and readiness in the Northern Command and is prepared for various scenarios”.

Some areas near the border fence had been closed off.

The statement said: “The digging of the cross-border attack tunnels that the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) has discovered, before the attack tunnels became operational and posed an imminent threat to the safety of Israeli civilians, constitutes a flagrant and severe violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah last fought a war in 2006.

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