IDF Chief meets UNIFIL commander – IDF warns Lebanese to leave homes standing on top of terror tunnels
IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot met Sunday with Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon(UNIFIL), Major General Stefano Del Col, due to the advance of Operation Northern Shield.
During their meeting, the Chief of the General Staff emphasized that Hezbollah’s attack tunnels are blatant violations of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and were intended to be the surprise element of Hezbollah’s plan of attack against Israel.
Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot expressed the importance he sees in UNIFIL implementing the UN’s resolutions, working to neutralize the tunnels from the Lebanese side, and preventing Hezbollah from violating UN resolutions.
The Chief of the General Staff further emphasized that the responsibility for the construction of these terror tunnels by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon lies with the Lebanese government.
The IDF issued a warning on Sunday to Lebanese citizens to “temporarily leave” homes standing on top of cross-border attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, as troops began operating beyond the border fence.
“Hezbollah built terror tunnels under Kfar Kila and Ramiyeh that infiltrate into Israeli territory, making the area a barrel of explosives. We are determined to neutralize these tunnels, and we do not know the outcome of these actions on the relevant buildings on the Lebanese side”, the IDF’s spokesperson for Arabic media, Maj. Avichay Adraee tweeted
Pictures of IDF soldiers marking the borderline of an enclave— located beyond the perimeter fence at the Lebanese-Israeli border— were exposed by Hezbollah-affiliated TV channel Al-Manar on Sunday.
The pictures were taken at close range by Hezbollah’s terrorists.
Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed on members of his cabinet on the IDF effort to detect and destroy terror tunnels dug by Muslim terrorists from southern Lebanon, in order to infiltrate into Israel and slaughter Jews in their homes.
“IDF soldiers are working methodically and decisively around the clock, even in inclement weather, to expose and neutralize tunnel after tunnel,” he said.
IDF forces discovered a second Hezbollah’s cross-border terror tunnel dug by Muslim terrorists from southern Lebanon, in order to infiltrate into Israel and slaughter Jews in their homes. Hezbollah terrorists were active in the tunnel up until this week.
IDF engineers fitted the tunnel with explosives and warned against attempting to approach it.
Earlier on Saturday, the IDF fired towards three Hezbollah terrorists who were approaching IDF engineering units operating in the Lebanon border. According to the IDF spokesperson, all of them fled back.