The Hezbollah terrorist who carried out the attack at Megiddo junction in the North last week did not infiltrate from Lebanon through a tunnel, the IDF said Monday night.
Around four years ago, Israel undertook a special operation to eliminate all remaining Hezbollah attack tunnels.
After the terrorist succeeded in setting off an explosive device at Megiddo junction last week, however, speculation was rife that Hezbollah may have snuck a new cross-border attack tunnel past the IDF.
No definitive info on how the terrorist entered the country
The IDF statement did not give a definitive account of how the terrorist penetrated Israel’s border and said the incident was still being probed.
One difficulty in uncovering the techniques of the terrorist is that he was shot and killed by security forces. Only his driver, who may not know all of the operation’s details, was captured.
The IDF has acknowledged that despite heavy security on the border with Lebanon, the border is vulnerable.
There have been a number of incidents of small and short-lived penetrations over the years, especially by migrant workers or mentally ill persons.
Last week’s incident was unique in that Hezbollah was involved, and the terrorist succeeded in penetrating deep into Israel’s interior for an extensive period of time.