UN force confirms existence of tunnel in Israel near Lebanon border


The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) confirmed on Thursday the presence of a tunnel on the border between Lebanon and Israel.

The tunnel originated under a residential building in the southern Lebanese village of Ramieh.

Israeli soldiers are seen from the village of Kfar Kila, in south Lebanon, Dec. 5, 2018.

UNIFIL "visited a location" near Metulla in northern Israel, it said, and "can confirm the existence of a tunnel at the location".

During UNIFIL's fact-finding mission, the commanding officer of Israel's Northern Command Maj. Mudallali stressed that Israel's actions are a violation of United Nations resolution 1701, which was approved resolve the Israel-Lebanon conflict and ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took Israel-based diplomats to the border with southern Lebanon Thursday, showing them the site of a "Hezbollah" tunnel and calling for sanctions against the group. UNIFIL's commander, Dick Cole, is in close contact with all the Lebanese armed forces and the Israeli army, and wants all sides to maintain calm.

"The regular Tripartite meeting" had been scheduled before the IDF launched its operation at its northern border overnight on Monday, said the statement.

By looking at the Zionist military moves, we realize that Israeli's operations are not a new issue or surprising change in terms of military and security affairs, because the Zionist military actions in the lines of confrontation on the border of the occupied territories have not stopped at all. "There were other reasons too, but that was one of them", he said.

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Israeli soldiers gather by an army vehicle at the Lebanon-Israel border wall near the site of an Israeli excavation site for reported cross-border Hezbollah-dug tunnels, December 5, 2018.

According to the unnamed diplomatic source, Russian and Israeli efforts inside Syria have seriously impacted Hezbollah's missile program, with the terror group only managing to convert a "few dozen" ordinary missiles into precision-guided ones.

"Israel's expectation is unequivocal condemnation of Hezbollah, additional sanctions on Hezbollah, and condemnation and demand from the Lebanese government to stop granting permission to use its territory for these attacks on Israel", he told 25 senior ambassadors from around the world. We encountered such tunnels in the Second Lebanon War. We passed a clear message of what we're doing and so far I can't tell you that the risk of escalation doesn't exist but I don't think it's quite as...

"Anyone who attacks us - is taking his life into his hands", he added.

Iran-backed Hezbollah is the only group in Lebanon not to have disarmed after the country's 1975-1990 civil war.

"When it ends, the tunnel weapon Hezbollah invested in will no longer be effective".

Hezbollah receives the majority of its funding from Iran, supplementing Iranian aid with a vast global criminal network that traffics in illegal narcotics and money laundering. "That enemy is called Iran", he said. "They declare so openly everyday". Bahrain has very good relations with the Trump Administration; the Crown Prince cemented agreements including an extension of the Bahrain - US Defense Cooperation Agreement, the purchase of F-16 fighter aircraft, and deals with American companies to modernize the BAPCO refinery and expand the ALBA aluminum smelter.