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Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah tunnels

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on Tuesday launched a military operation to destroy tunnels infiltrating its territory from which were allegedly dug by the

"We have just launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and neutralize cross-border attack tunnels dug by from to Israel," the (IDF) tweeted.

After the war with in 2006, began developing extensive and in 2012 launched operation 'Conquering the Galilee', IDF said.

Two years later, detected that the group had shared information with - the Palestinian Islamist movement that governs - which also developed a powerful at the border of the Strip with and

Israel then put together a joint force with the Northern Command, Israeli Combat Engineering Corps, and the to detect threats from the attack tunnels at the Lebanon border called the 'blue line'.

Conricus added that the tunnels represent a clear violation of Israel's sovereignty and demonstrate Hezbollah's indifference to the UN resolutions.

While the tunnels infiltrated Israeli territory, they were discovered before becoming operational and posed no imminent threat to the Israeli civilian population.

The tunnels were another example of Iran's "entrenchment" in the region, the said.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 13:38 IST