Israel says it has completed hunt for Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon

Israel says it has completed hunt for Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed his nation destroyed Iranian weapons caches in Syria's Damascus airport during airstrikes over the weekend.

Netanyahuy said the Israel Defense Forces has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

It rarely publicly confirms such strikes, though outgoing military chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot has spoken of them in interviews in recent days.

Eisenkot told the New York Times on Friday that "we struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit".

Netanyahu says Israel says the recent strikes prove "we are committed more than ever to act against Iran in Syria".

A month-long war in 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield" early last month to detect and destroy what it called a vast network of Hezbollah tunnels aimed for militants to sneak across the border, capture territory and stage devastating attacks.

The latest tunnel, found on Saturday, began in the Lebanese village of Ramyeh, some 800 metres (yards) away from Israel, the army said.

He claimed the tunnel included stairs, a rail system, and a passageway to allow equipment and forces through.

It reached a few dozen metres into Israel, and at 55 metres under the ground was the deepest as well as "the longest and most detailed" of all the tunnels the army exposed, Conricus said.

The military said its forces would stay deployed along the border area to monitor for any other possible underground activity, and said it holds the Lebanese government responsible for everything happening in its territory.

Under Eisenkot's command, Netanyahu said the IDF made "great achievements", but added that there "was much more work to be done, which we will do".

Israel says Iran is seeking to establish a military presence in Syria that could threaten Israeli security by trying to transfer advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

But with that civil war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.

Israel has called on the worldwide community to impose tough sanctions on Hezbollah and act against the state within a state operation in Lebanon.

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