The latest: Israeli Prime Minister confirms weekend attacks in Syria
JERUSALEM (AP) – The latest news about Israel's operation along the border with Lebanon (all times local):
The Israeli Prime Minister says the country has hit an Iranian arms depot at Damascus International Airport during the weekend.
Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks on Sunday during his weekly cabinet meeting mark a rare public recognition of the Israeli activity in Syria.
Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of air strikes against the Iranian and Hezbollah targets during the Syrian civil war, but has generally refrained from commenting on them for fear of being drawn into battle.
Only recently has it started to talk publicly about the thwarting of Iranian arms smuggling through Styria to Lebanon. Israel's outgoing military chief, Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot, did in several interviews last weekend.
File – In this file photo of Wednesday, December 19, 2018, Israeli soldiers are standing around the opening of a hole leading to a tunnel that the military says, crosses from Lebanon to Israel, near Metula. The Israeli army says it's Northern Operation & # 39; has closed by unraveling the sixth and final Hezbollah attack tunnel of Lebanon. (AP Photo / Sebastian Scheiner, File)
Netanyahu says Israel says the recent strikes prove: "We are more than ever determined to take action against Iran in Syria."
The Israeli army says that its troops have found the sixth and last tunnels dug by Hezbollah militants for cross-border attacks and that the operation on the Lebanese border has now ended.
Military spokesman Jonathan Conricus says the last tunnel is the largest that has been discovered so far and runs hundreds of meters from a Lebanese home to Israeli territory.
Israel last month launched the Operation Northern Shield & # 39; to detect and destroy a large network of Hezbollah tunnels, targeting militants who sneak across the border and carry out attacks.
Israel and the United Nations say that the tunnels violate a cease-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006. Conricus says the US peacekeeping mission, called UNIFIL, has been updated.
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