Israel tells Lebanon and United Nations peacekeepers to destroy attack tunnel

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He explained that after tunnels dug by Hamas were discovered in southern Israel, the country's northern residents realized that it was possible that they would face the same threat one day.

"Azaladin" who is in his 30's, has a PhD in mechanical engineering from Tehran's University of Technology and is married with two children.

He confidently asserted that when Israel is done with the tunnels, they "will no longer exist and will no longer be effective". "Cruz has also been unequivocal that our Israeli allies have an absolute right to defend themselves, especially against threats and violations of their sovereignty like these attack tunnels".

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has instructed the country's envoy to the U.N.to complain that Israel is waging "a diplomatic and political campaign against Lebanon in preparation for attacks against it", Hezbollah's al-Manar TV said. Gen. Yoel Strik met with his counterpart from United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major General Stefano Del Col on Thursday, presenting him with visuals of houses in southern Lebanon where the cross-border tunnels are being dug from leading into Israeli territory.

Netanyahu also pointed to the hegemonic and nuclear aspirations of Hezbollah's state-sponsor Iran.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed diplomats from across the globe on Hezbollah's terror tunnels, calling on the world to denounce and sanction the group.

The cross-border tunnels "are wider and larger, and their goal is to transfer battalions, large forces, into Israeli territory, in order to come in and carry out a killing spree and kidnappings and to capture villages", the Israeli premier stated.

Meanwhile, the head of IDF's northern command Maj.

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"They don't know exactly the extent of our knowledge on their tunnel project or their plans, but we know a lot", a senior military source emphasized.

"We are not now in a situation where our soldiers are behind enemy lines".

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.

At a press conference last week, Netanyahu said he would visit more Arab states soon, without naming which countries. He said Israel demanded that UNIFIL investigate and "neutralize" the shaft of the tunnel.

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.

In Metullah, residents seemed unfazed by the increased military presence in their small town, which sits just a half-mile from the Israeli-Lebanese border.

The U.N. mission, known as UNIFIL, said its regular weekly meeting with the Lebanese and Israeli armies discussed Israel's "activities" searching for suspected tunnels.

This exclusive was revealed by i24NEWS defense correspondent Matthias Inbar.

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