Israel launches attack on Lebanon, claims destroying Hezbollah tunnels

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich speaks at a press conference at the police headquarters in Jerusalem

Hezbollah would use firepower and ground units and "the surprise component of that plan was supposed to be tunnels that would allow infiltrators into Israel", he claimed. "We will continue to do so until all of the tunnels are destroyed".

Israeli army spokesperson Jonathan Conricus said the "attack tunnels" detected were not yet operational.

The IDF said that "Operation Northern Shield" was initiated under a special task force that has since 2014 been leading operational, technological and intelligence efforts on the issue of tunnels on the northern border and has "developed vast abilities and knowledge on Hezbollah's attack tunnel project".

"Iran backs Hezbollah, which Israel says has amassed thousands of rockets since 2006".

The operation was launched before dawn on Tuesday, with the army declaring some areas adjacent to the Lebanon border a closed military zone and deploying additional forces to the north. Since then, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has touted plans to take over parts of Galilee in northern Israel in a future conflict.

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Suggesting the military operation had been long-planned, the newspaper also said military censors had recently imposed "heavy restrictions" that limited its ability to report on the IDF's plan to destroy the tunnels. "For the last four years, we have been monitoring their activity, following what they have been doing quite closely", he said. It accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of launching the military operation along the Lebanese border in order to distract from his domestic woes.

It said the army had boosted its presence and readiness and was prepared for "various scenarios".

Netanyahu has spoken of a sensitive security situation in recent days without providing details, particularly after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned over a controversial Gaza ceasefire last month.

Lieberman's resignation threatened to provoke early elections, but Netanyahu worked to hold his coalition together and is now clinging to a one-seat majority in parliament.

His comments were seen by some at the time as an attempt to save his government, with polls showing wide disapproval among the Israeli public of his handling of the Gaza flare-up in November.

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Conricus rejected suggestions of politics influencing the announcement.

Israel views the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its vast weapons cache as a major threat.

The Lebanese terror group has yet to release an official response to the start of the Israeli operation, but an unnamed Hezbollah source told the al-Nahar news outlet that it showed Netanyahu in "crisis mode" over political and legal woes at home.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and deliveries of advanced arms to Hezbollah.

Russian Federation subsequently upgraded Syrian air defences with the delivery of the advanced S-300 system, which Damascus had said last month would make Israel "think carefully" before carrying out further air raids.

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