UN confirms 3rd Hezbollah terror tunnel crossed into Israel – UNIFIL instructed to boost patrols
A UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon confirmed that a tunnel discovered earlier this year by Israel had crossed the Lebanese-Israeli border, in the third such breach of a ceasefire resolution.
Israel in January discovered the deepest, longest, and most detailed cross-border terror tunnel dug by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.
The IDF said the tunnel from the Lebanese town of Ramyeh — just 800 meters from the border — reached a few dozen meters into Israel, and descended 55 meters underground.
UNIFIL on Thursday said the tunnel was the third to have crossed the “Blue Line,” a demarcation line drawn by the UN to mark Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000.
“UNIFIL’s independent assessment confirms that this tunnel crosses the Blue Line in violation of Resolution 1701” which ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah, it said.
“UNIFIL has informed the Lebanese authorities about the violation and has requested urgent follow-up actions,” the UN force said in a statement.
Sources in Lebanon have accused the US and Israeli governments of pressuring UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Power in Lebanon) to boost and expand their patrols to new areas in a bid to better monitor Hezbollah weaponry, the Al-Akhbar newspaper, which is linked to the Iran-backed Shi’ite terror group, reported on Friday.
According to the report, the UN headquarters instructed UNIFIL to add fifteen new patrols – ten within the territory it patrols, and 5 within the western sector – to examine areas that Hezbollah makes use of to cover rocket and missile batteries.
Lebanon and Israel are still technically at war. Israel is currently building a wall along the 130-kilometer frontier to block Hezbollah terror group attempts to infiltrate into Israel in order to murder Jews.
The State and Treasury departments say the money will be paid to people who provide information such as the names of Hezbollah donors and financiers, bank records, customs receipts or evidence of real estate transactions.