By: Lilach Shoval, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff – israelhayom.com
IDF says it has lined the tunnel with explosives • Tunnel, in an undisclosed location, exposed as part of Operation Northern Shield, launched Dec. 4 • Israel urges international community to impose sanctions on Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy, over the tunnels.
A fourth Hezbollah terror tunnel breaching Israeli territory from Lebanon has been exposed, the IDF said Sunday.
The tunnel was discovered as part of Operation Northern Shield, launched by the IDF on Dec. 4 to expose and neutralize Hezbollah tunnels snaking across the border into Israel under the security fence.
“Imagine terrorists digging an attack tunnel like this toward your home, hacking away, inch by inch, underground, in order to kill you and your family. Israelis don’t need to imagine. It’s our job to protect them,” the IDF posted on its English-language Twitter page.
The IDF did not disclose the tunnel’s location, saying only that it has lined it with explosives.
The IDF said any Lebanese soldiers or Hezbollah operatives approaching the tunnel on the Lebanese side of the border would do so at their own peril.
Israel has called on the international community to impose new sanctions on Hezbollah, Iran’s regional proxy, in the wake of the tunnels’ discovery.
The IDF said Operation Northern Shield would continue until all Hezbollah tunnels are exposed and neutralized.
The Shiite terrorist group has yet to issue any comment on the operation, but Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that as long as the Israeli operation does not infringe on his country’s sovereignty, it is unlikely to threaten the calm on the border.
”We take this issue – the presence of tunnels at the border – seriously and Israel informed us via the United States that its intentions are not aggressive,” said Aoun, a Hezbollah ally. He added that Israel has pledged to “continue to work” on its territory.