IDF begins installing sensors to detect Hezbollah terror-tunnels along the Lebanese border
BREAKING: The IDF began laying equipment to detect underground Iran-backed Hezbollah terror tunnels along the Lebanese border.
“We have started deploying highly-sophisticated technical infrastructure along Israel’s border with Lebanon. These sensors will identify and prevent the underground construction of attack tunnels into Israel by the Hezbollah terror organization in Lebanon”, the IDF said in a statement.
The current operation had been planned for several months, and today’s announcement was only intended to prevent misunderstandings with Lebanon and to allay possible concerns among Israeli citizens living near where the works are being carried out, the IDF said.
In December 2018, the IDF launched “Operation Northern Shield” to expose and neutralize cross-border terror tunnels dug by Lebanon’s Hezbollah into northern Israel.
The tunnels were an Iranian-backed terror strategy in which Muslim terrorists would have invaded deep into the Galilee, while other terrorists crossed above ground.
“Iran’s annual funding of Hezbollah in Lebanon to attack Israel: 1 billion dollars. Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel: A few million dollars. Destroying this attack tunnel and protecting Israeli civilians: Priceless”, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit tweeted at the time.
In January 2019, the IDF announced that Operation Northern Shield officially concluded after the sixth terror tunnel was destroyed.
The final tunnel was also the longest of the exposed cross-border terror tunnels, extending 800 meters in Lebanon and 10 meters into Israel.
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 was the basis of Operation Northern Shield.