Israel uncovers 6th and largest Hezbollah attack tunnel

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion | 1/13/2019 | William A. Jacobson
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Israel’s Operation Northern Shield continues to uncover Hezbollah attack tunnels dug from Lebanese civilian areas under the border into northern Israel.

The purpose of the tunnels was to surprise Israel in the next war by infiltrating special Hezbollah commando units who have been tasked with capturing an Israeli town or border community. While such a capture would be temporary, it would be a large propaganda victory.

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The tunnels’ existence has been known to Israel for months or years, but Israel only decided to act starting in early December. The reason for that timing is not clear.

We have been covering the tunnel discovery efforts since they began in early December 2018:

Report - Hezbollah - Tunnel - Terrorist - Drug

Israeli Report: Hezbollah tunnel terrorist “trained with Mexican drug cartels near the United States border”

Israel now has disclosed a 6th tunnel, the largest and most advanced so far.

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The Jerusalem Post reports:

According to the military, the tunnel was the largest tunnel discovered so far, stretching hundreds of meters from the southern Lebanese village of Ramiya and infiltrated several dozen meters into northern Israel.

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The tunnel, which had been dug at a depth of 55 meters (180 feet), was the most important one detected since the operation began in December, IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said.

According to him, the stairs were built in the tunnel which contained “railroads to transport equipment, garbage, lighting equipment and ladders to enter Israeli territory. A lot of resources were invested in this tunnel.”

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With the discovery of this latest tunnel and its destruction set for the coming days, he added, “the threat posed by the tunnels has been eliminated.”

This satellite map shows how close the area is...
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