?️ Operation Northern Shield – Latest: IDF calls up limited reserve forces
? Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a short security briefing Tuesday evening in the presence of the IDF Chief of Staff, the head of the National Security Council (NSC), and senior IDF and defense establishment officials.
? Israeli high-level security cabinet to hold a meeting at 6 p.m. to discuss the latest developments.
? Lebanese President Michel Naim Aoun wrote in his Twitter account that he is “following the developments on the border after Israel began digging on Lebanese soil.”
? The Lebanese president also said that he held a series of talks with Speaker of the Parliament of Lebanon Nabih Berri, Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad al-Hariri, and Lebanon Army Commander Joseph Aoun.
? IDF calls up limited reserve forces and moves artillery forces to the northern border as part of Operation Northern Shield.
? Senior IDF sources say the assessment is that Hezbollah has more than 50 terror tunnels from Lebanon reaching into Israel.
? Iranians continue to threaten Israel:
? Hezbollah continues to threaten Israel:
? A Hezbollah terror tunnel that was dug from southern Kafr Kela in Lebanon into Israeli territory, outside the Upper Galilee city of Metula, has been exposed.
? The IDF launched “Operation Northern Shield” to expose and neutralize cross-border terror tunnels dug by Lebanon’s Hezbollah into northern Israel, the IDF cleared for publication on Tuesday.
The IDF has been aware since 2006 that Hezbollah was seeking to build terror tunnels stretching into Israel at several points along the border. Since then, Hezbollah terror group chief Hassan Nasrallah has spoken of a plan to conquer the Galilee.
In 2013, the IDF discovered that Hezbollah was attempting to begin construction of the tunnels but could not locate any.
In 2014, the IDF decided to form a special team to locate these tunnels, and in 2015 began a project to build a barrier along the Lebanese border, creating a technological infrastructure that is the basis of Operation Northern Shield, and destroy the tunnels.
The IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said, “the fact that Hezbollah has tunnels crossing the border into Israeli territory is proof of a flagrant violation of Israeli sovereignty. We see this as a very serious situation that hurts Lebanon and the citizens of Lebanon, and we hold the Lebanese government accountable. We have indisputable proof that the Lebanese government is not in control of their border. Iranian money is behind these tunnels.”
According to Manelis, the IDF troops along the border have been reinforced, “We are in full control of the situation and are determined to remove the underground Hezbollah threat from the northern border. The tunnels do cross into Israeli territory, but the work on them was not complete.”