Israel says that all cross-border tunnels of Hezbollah have been found
A photograph taken on 19 December 2018 during a tour of the Israeli army shows a soldier operating a pulley near a hole dug by the army to intercept a suspected transboundary tunnel between Hezbollah between Lebanon and Israel
Israel has discovered all the cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon and is now planning to start the operation and destroy it to an end, an army spokesman said Sunday.
"We have again found a cross-border Hezbollah attack tunnel from Lebanon to Israel," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters about the operation that began on December 4.
"According to our intelligence and our assessment of the situation, there are no more cross-border tunnels from Lebanon in Israel."
The newest tunnel, found on Saturday, started in the Lebanese village of Ramyeh, about 800 meters from Israel, the army said.
It reached a few tens of meters Israel, and at 55 meters below ground it was the deepest and also & # 39; the longest and most detailed & # 39; of all the tunnels that the army exposed, Conricus said.
The last tunnel was the sixth unveiled to the public and the army said that his discovery marked the end of the operation called "Northern Shield" by the army.
The final tunnel will be destroyed in the coming days.
"We have achieved the goal (to expose and destroy the tunnels from Lebanon) that we wanted to reach in the beginning," said Conricus.
Conricus said that there were no more tunnels that reached Israel from Lebanon, but the army was still guarding the "facilities" dug by Hezbollah on the Lebanese territory.
He also reiterated that Israel holds the Lebanese government responsible "for any act of violence or violation of 1701", the UN resolution that ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.
UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, was aware of the latest tunnel, Conricus said.
Israel claims that Hezbollah was planning to use the tunnels to abduct or kill its civilians or soldiers, and to capture part of Israeli territory in the case of hostilities. However, it said that they were not yet operational.
A one-month war in 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.
The strongly published Israeli operation to expose and destroy the tunnels has continued without drawing a military response from Hezbollah.
Israel says that all operations have taken place on its territory.
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