IDF destroys fifth attack tunnel crossing from Lebanon into Israel

"The IDF views the Lebanese government as responsible for the digging of the tunnels and for the consequences of its action," the IDF said.

December 26, 2018 18:45
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Fifth Hezbollah tunnel located and destroyed by IDF.

Fifth Hezbollah tunnel located and destroyed by IDF.. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)


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The IDF has destroyed another attack tunnel infiltrating Israel from Lebanon as part of Operation Northern Shield.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit reported that its soldiers located the tunnel a few days ago and carried out the destruction on Wednesday.

This marks the fifth tunnel that was demolished since the start of the operation on December 4.

According to the spokesperson’s statement, the tunnel originated in the Shi’ite village of Ayta-Shayeb in Lebanon and crossed into Israeli territory. It was destroyed with an explosive device. A notice was sent to the heads of the relevant authorities and to United Nations peacekeepers from UNIFIL, the statement added.
Documentation of the IDF destroying 5th Hebollah tunnel

“The IDF views the Lebanese government as responsible for the digging of the tunnels and for the consequences of its action. This is a serious violation of Resolution 1701 and the sovereignty of the State of Israel,” the statement read.

Fifth Hezbollah tunnel located and destroyed by IDF. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit)

The IDF launched Operation Northern Shield in order to detect and destroy cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah. Israel believes that the tunnels would have been used by the Hezbollah’s elite Radwan unit to infiltrate Israel in an attempt to take control of several communities and kill as many civilians and troops as possible.

A number of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite organization’s tunnels are believed to have been dug along the 130-kilometer-long border between the two countries, and the military said the operation would take weeks or even months to complete.

Anna Ahronheim contributed to this article.

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