Israel launches military operation against ‘Hezbollah tunnels’


The Israeli forces have launched what they describe as “an operation to expose and neutralise” tunnels between Lebanon and Israel, allegedly dug by armed group Hezbollah.

The operation was announced by the Israeli military on Tuesday.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told newsmen that the operation would only take place on Israel’s side of the border and that it would not extend into Lebanon.

In a tweet, Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee said the Lebanese government is responsible for the build-up of the tunnels, saying they are endangering Lebanese citizens.

Also on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country would continue to take action to ensure the “security of Israel”.

Hezbollah has not responded to the military operation yet, but the UN mission near the Israel-Lebanon border, UNIFIL, said in a statement that it was notified of the operation on Tuesday morning.