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  • Operation Northern Shield: IDF says 200-meter attack tunnel from Lebanon uncovered

    I first posted about this in a separate thread dedicated to events on Israel's Northern border, but the scope and risk are such that another dedicated thread is warranted.

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    TERROR TUNNEL ORIGINATED UNDER LEBANESE HOME IN KAFR KILA'
    IDF says 200-meter attack tunnel from Lebanon uncovered as operation launches

    Army releases photograph from inside subterranean passage, which it says penetrated 40 meters into Israel near northern town of Metulla but was not yet a threat to residents

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-sa...tion-launches/

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    Bolton: US ‘strongly supports’ anti-tunnel operation in Israel’s north

    Trump’s national security adviser warns Hezbollah not to exacerbate situation as military works to destroy cross-border passages

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/bolton...israels-north/

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    • #3
      From the following article PM threatens more operations, says Hezbollah will pay ‘heavy price’ -

      The statement did not mention UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force also charged with keeping Hezbollah out of southern Lebanon.
      UNIFIL I and UNIFIL II never had that as any part of their respective mandates.

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      • #4
        Amid tunnel-busting effort, IDF brings in air defense, engineering reservists

        Army girds for potential Hezbollah retaliation to operation targeting subterranean passages from Lebanon, but refrains from large call-up of reservists

        https://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-t...el-reservists/

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        • #5
          IDF footage from attack tunnel shows alleged Hezbollah members still inside

          Israeli military robot films within cross-border tunnel 25 meters belowground, detonates small charge next to suspected terror operative, scaring him away

          https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-fo...-still-inside/

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          • #6
            NO SURPRISES HERE, SAY RESIDENTS IN REACH OF NETWORK OF HEZBOLLAH TUNNELS

            https://www.jpost.com//Arab-Israeli-...tunnels-573528

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            • #7
              Where is the Russian censure of Lebanon's violation of 1701?

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              RUSSIA OFFERS RESERVED SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL'S ANTI-TUNNEL OPERATION

              https://www.jpost.com//Arab-Israeli-...eration-573569

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              • #8
                Analysts: Tackling tunnels is first step before IDF takes on Hezbollah missiles

                Explaining Northern Shield op, Netanyahu says ‘only a small piece of the big picture’ of Israeli efforts to counter the Lebanese terror group has been revealed thus far

                Israeli security analysts believe that Tuesday’s launch of an IDF operation to tackle Hezbollah attack tunnels, swiftly followed by the exposure of a first such tunnel found extending into Israel, is a precursor to a larger Israeli operation to remove the threat posed by precision missiles being developed by the Lebanese terror group together with its Iranian sponsors.

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                The MORE CRITICAL CHALLENGE, stopping the “Precision Project” is still ahead, with legitimacy issues and escalation risks at a totally different level,” Yadlin wrote on Twitter, adding that it was also an important message to Hezbollah.
                “The tunnels’ exposure carries a message to Hizbullah, who based its operations on secrecy, covert action and surprise. It needs to consider that it is in fact, exposed and vulnerable to Israel’s Intel. Its safe and secret posts may prove as death traps to his terrorists,” he wrote.

                https://www.timesofisrael.com/expert...fter-missiles/

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                • #9
                  IDF CHIEF: WE'VE GOT HEZBOLLAH'S 'OFFENSIVE TUNNELING PLANS'

                  Netanyahu: Hezbollah tunnels part of plan to capture ‘parts of Galilee’

                  PM takes aim at Iran, says ‘Northern Shield’ will continue until ‘outcome is achieved,’ dispels claim it was initiated to distract from his legal woes

                  https://www.timesofisrael.com/netany...ts-of-galilee/

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                  • #10
                    HEZBOLLAH TUNNEL WAS TO BE USED TO CUT OFF METULLA: SENIOR IDF OFFICER

                    The cross-border Hezbollah tunnel discovered early Tuesday morning by the IDF outside of Metulla would have been used by the terror group to send militants from their elite Radwan unit to cut the community off from Route 90, a senior IDF officer said on Wednesday.

                    Speaking to reporters meters away from the Hezbollah tunnel, he said that the military decided to launch Operation Northern Shield to expose and destroy cross-border Hezbollah attack tunnels before they were operational and posed an imminent and direct threat to Israel, as “the tunnels were something that we could not wait to deal with until a war were to break out.”

                    https://www.jpost.com//Israel-News/S...Lebanon-573581

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                    • #11
                      All may not be as it seems as IDF, Hezbollah play hide and seek over tunnels

                      Army promises more ‘surprises’ for the Lebanese terror group as it reportedly expands its tunnel-busting operation to two other locations

                      https://www.timesofisrael.com/all-ma...-over-tunnels/

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                      • #12
                        LEBANESE PM: NO NEED FOR AN ESCALATION
                        London, Berlin condemn Hezbollah tunnels, back Israeli border operation

                        Diplomats for European nations say Lebanese terror group showing ‘blatant disregard’ for UN resolutions in its ‘aggressive behavior’ along Israel’s northern frontier

                        https://www.timesofisrael.com/london...der-operation/

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                        • #13
                          Israel may have to act inside Lebanon, senior official says

                          Hezbollah’s terror tunnels were designed to for carrying out a ‘killing spree,’ official says; PM briefs foreign diplomats about current IDF op at northern border

                          A senior Israeli official on Thursday indicated the IDF may have to extend its current operation to detect and destroy Hezbollah’s attack tunnels at Israel’s northern border and take action on the Lebanese side of the Blue Line.

                          “It is possible that we will be required to act inside Lebanon,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

                          https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel...official-says/

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                          • #14
                            IDF finds 2nd Hezbollah tunnel inside Israel; calls on UN, Lebanon to destroy it

                            Military says passage originated under homes in Lebanese village of Ramyeh and crossed into Israel’s western Galilee

                            https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-fi...to-destroy-it/

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GB_FXST View Post
                              Hezbollah’s terror tunnels were designed to for carrying out a ‘killing spree,’ official says; PM briefs foreign diplomats about current IDF op at northern border
                              It's more likely they intended to use them for hostage taking. Their leadership is lucid enough to know that Israeli retaliation for murder spree would be massive, weakening them a great deal and emboldening their opponents within Lebanon, while with live hostages they could curtail the Israeli response to an extent and the negotiate a propaganda victory.

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