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Israel launches operation to cut off Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

The said Tuesday it had detected tunnels infiltrating its territory from and had launched an operation to cut them off.

said the "attack tunnels" detected were not yet operational. He declined to say how many were detected or how they would be cut off.

All operations would take place within Israeli territory, Conricus said, though they were likely to boost tensions with Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group with which fought a devastating war in 2006.

The military has used various means to collapse or fill in tunnels from the

"We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by terror organisation from into Israel," Conricus told journalists.

The announcement of the operation comes after Israeli met US in on Monday night.

Netanyahu said he had planned to discuss with Pompeo "steps we are taking together to block the aggression of and its proxies in the north," referring to and

is backed by Iran, Israel's main enemy.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 13:30 IST