IDF digging near northern border amid fears of Hezbollah attack tunnels

Military sources say drilling being carried out in response to request by local residents; add that no underground passageways have yet been located.

January 28, 2015 10:19
IDF bulldozer

IDF bulldozer. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The IDF has begun drilling in search for possible tunnels near the norther community of Zir'it, which is situated close to the Lebanese border.

Military sources on Wednesday said the drilling was being carried out in response to a request by local residents to rule out the possibility of Hezbollah attacks in the area.

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The sources have stressed that no tunnels have been located, and that it is not the first time that the army has launched underground searches in response to requests by local residents.

Tensions have been high on the norther frontier after a purported Israeli air strike in Syria last Sunday killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah operatives.

Lebanon has not recovered from its 2006 war with Israel and sending fighters to Syria has stretched Hezbollah's capabilities.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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