UN Says Third Hizbullah Tunnel Crossed Lebanon-Israel Border

W460

A UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon Thursday said a tunnel discovered earlier this year by Israel had crossed the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the third such breach of a ceasefire resolution.

Israel in January accused Lebanese Hizbullah movement of having dug what it described as the deepest, "longest and most detailed" tunnel it had discovered.

The Israeli army said the tunnel from the Lebanese town of Ramyeh -- just 800 metres (yards) from the border -- reached a few dozen metres into Israel, and descended to 55 metres underground.

UNIFIL on Thursday said the tunnel was the third to have crossed the "blue line", a demarcation line drawn by the UN to mark Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.

"UNIFIL's independent assessment confirms that this tunnel crosses the blue line in violation of resolution 1701", which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah, it said.

"UNIFIL has informed the Lebanese authorities about the violation and has requested urgent follow-up actions," the UN force said in a statement.

Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war. Israel is currently building a wall along the 130 kilometre (80 mile) frontier to block Hizbullah attempts to infiltrate.

Since early December, Israel has said it discovered six tunnels, destroying them either with explosives or by filling them with a cement-like material.

Five have been confirmed to exist by UNIFIL.

"Of these, three tunnels have been found to be crossing the blue line," the peacekeeping force said.

Israel alleges Hezbollah had planned to use the tunnels to kidnap or kill its civilians or soldiers, and to seize Israeli territory in the event of any hostilities.

On January 26, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said it had taken Israel "years" to discover some of the tunnels, but did not specify who had constructed them.

Hezbollah is the only side not to have disarmed after Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war.

In recent years, Israel has repeatedly carried out air strikes against what it says are Hezbollah weapons convoys in war-torn Syria next door, where the group is backing regime forces.

The United States has designated Hezbollah a "terrorist" group since 1997, while the European Union blacklisted its military arm in 2013.

But it also functions as a political party, with posts in the current cabinet.

The United States on Monday offered a $10 million reward for information that would disrupt the group's finances.

Comments 8
Thumb janoubi 26 April 2019, 10:44

"UNIFIL's independent assessment confirms that this tunnel crosses the blue line in violation of resolution 1701", which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah, it said.

Yet, aoun and hariri keep telling us Lebanon is committed to resolution 1701.

Thumb janoubi 26 April 2019, 17:28

aoun and hariri enabled the terror group. One signed a MOU and the other shares a cabinet with them.

Thumb Mystic 26 April 2019, 23:53

And who are you? Israels spokesperson?

Thumb s.o.s 26 April 2019, 16:05

Persiæ delenda est.

Thumb whyaskwhy 26 April 2019, 17:52

Kizb is not a lebanese party but an Iranian one that has no sympathies with Lebanons drive for advancement. It serves Israel first and foremost with Iran and Syria in its initiatives.

Missing phillipo 26 April 2019, 19:34

"UNIFIL's independent assessment confirms that this tunnel crosses the blue line in violation of resolution 1701"
"Jamblatt states that Shabaa is not Lebanese territory"

So now, the whole world knows the truth. What is the Government of the Republic of Lebanon going to do about it? Almost certainly NOTHING. Other than to blame Israel for violations of 1701.

Missing keserwaniaseel 26 April 2019, 22:18

Same thing that the world did to israel after qana massacare and many other massacres my zionist enemy

Missing phillipo 27 April 2019, 13:49

Perhaps you should think a bit more into your answer and realise that Kafr Qana would not have happened if the Government of Lebanon had control over the whole territory of the Republic.