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.


An IDF bulldozer digs near the Israel-Lebanon border |
 Photo: Reuters

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.


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