Eisenkot: UNIFIL has important role in neutralizing Hezbollah tunnels


In their late Saturday talks held at the initiative of Netanyahu, Putin told him that Israel must improve its military coordination with Russian Federation, the Kremlin said.

Qassem's warning came amidst what Israel has dubbed "Operation Northern Shield", which has seen Israeli forces uncover at least three Hezbollah-dug tunnels extending from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.

The Israeli troops deployed "very close" to Lebanese soldiers on the opposite side of the border, the Lebanese National News Agency said.

On Saturday, the IDF exposed a third cross-border attack tunnel built by Hezbollah that extended into Israeli territory from southern Lebanon.

Israeli military digger works on the border with Lebanon in the northern Israeli town of Metula, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.

Speaking over the phone, Putin and Netanyahu discussed the Israeli operations, the Kremlin said in a statement on Sunday.

In October, Moscow said it had delivered S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Syria, where Israel has struck Iranian targets.

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"The Lebanese government, under whose rule Hezbollah has established an underground network of missiles and has dug tunnels entering into Israel, is hypocritically seeking to condemn Israel, which is working to defend its citizens", said Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The tunnels's discovery and the subsequent IDF operation to destroy them has raised the specter of renewed conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

Israeli forces announced on Saturday that they discovered another Hezbollah tunnel dug from Lebanon, marking the second cross-border tunnel found since Israel began an operation to "neutralize" attack passageways dug by the Iranian-backed group.

"We think that Hezbollah should be condemned forcefully and universally on this act of aggression", Netanyahu said, as well as their backers Iran, and host country Lebanon.

Israeli officials have indicated that the IDF may operate within Lebanese territory destroy the tunnels. Tel Aviv and the populous central region of Israel were never in any direct danger at that time.

An Israeli incursion into Lebanon would likely spark a major confrontation with Hezbollah.