Israel Acts Against Hezbollah Tunnels

On 4th December Israel announced that it had started military operations to block tunnels dug into its territory by the Hezbollah terrorists based in Lebanon - tunnels which were intended to enable Hezbollah to attack Israeli citizens and take some hostage.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, explained that they had decided to act in order to foil a plot by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. He said:

“This is a grave violation of Israel’s sovereignty, and
a gross violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 …
Israel holds the Lebanese government accountable for all terror activity
emanating from Lebanon against Israel.”

By 18th December the Israelis had found four tunnels, described as very sophisticated and dug through rock – not a minor undertaking. At least one of them was reported to have been started from beneath a civilian home in Lebanon.

The UN Security Council failed to take action on Hezbollah’s violation of Resolution 1701 when it met on Wednesday 19th December. But a number of countries sided with Israel, with Sweden’s representative saying that Hezbollah’s military capabilities pose a “clear risk” to regional stability.

Today, Friday 21st December, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) published a video showing their demolition of one of the tunnels. The proximity of the tunnels to civilian homes in Lebanon made it necessary for the Israelis to issue a warning before detonating their explosives. Video footage shows an IDF officer using a loud hailer to warn:

“We will blow up the tunnel built by Hezbollah, and
I ask you to evacuate the area at this very moment, you are in danger.”