Hezbollah Operative Caught on Camera in 'Attack Tunnel' to Israel, Claims IDF

Hezbollah Operative Caught on Camera in 'Attack Tunnel' to Israel, Claims IDF

Livni told the Kan public broadcaster that while she and the rest of the opposition welcomed the army's operation to find and destroy the alleged tunnels, it "must be kept in proportion".

According to the security official, "Azaladin" trained with Mexican drug cartels near the United States border.

The confirmation by the United Nations came a day after Lebanon said Israel presented no evidence to prove its claims of a network of attack tunnels allegedly built by Hezbollah.

The Israeli military said it provided UNIFL with a map of the area around Ramieh village on which houses were marked which are "connected to another attack tunnel that has been dug from Lebanon into Israel", army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said.

Other reports said that Hezbollah was also deploying ‎short-range, Iranian-made projectiles in southern ‎Lebanon, adding that the group has blocked ‎dozens of roads in the area to allow the convoy ‎smooth transport.

Earlier on Thursday, a senior Israeli official said that Israel may need to take action inside Lebanon in order to achieve the goals of its ongoing operation on the northern border and destroy Hezbollah's attack tunnels.

"This is another example of Iran's revolutionary foreign policy that is expansionist and destabilizing for the Middle East when Iranian backed Hezbollah is digging tunnels into another country beneath their borders", said Brian Hook, the Trump administration's top Iran envoy.

"We are denying our enemies the weapon of tunnels systematically and decisively", he told the ambassadors. "Hezbollah knows this and Hamas knows that too".

Never remiss in raising the ultimate foe, Iran, he hailed Israel's great efforts as the single army in the world to take it on.

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In a statement on Thursday, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said it "visited a location near Metula in northern Israel" and "can confirm the existence of a tunnel at the location".

The IDF's plans for Operation Northern Shield were finalized a year ago but had been kept under wraps.

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

The Israeli military conducted operations to destroy the tunnels earlier this week, shortly after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a one-on-one meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels.

Ali Bazzi, a lawmaker from Berri's parliamentary bloc, said Israel had no evidence to its claims, calling them a "distraction" and an attempt by Netanyahu to "evade" possible new indictment at home for corruption charges. He said Israel demanded that UNIFIL investigate and "neutralize" the shaft of the tunnel.

There was no immediate reaction from Hezbollah or Lebanese authorities.

In a statement from his office, he said Israel plans to demand a response from the global community at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council called for by Israel.

This exclusive was revealed by i24NEWS defense correspondent Matthias Inbar.

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