UN peacekeepers confirm Israeli report of tunnel at Lebanon border

UN peacekeepers (UNIFIL) patrol the border with Israel, at the village of Kfar Kila, in south Lebanon on December 5, 2018. (Reuters)

UN peacekeepers in Lebanon have confirmed the existence of a tunnel discovered by the Israeli military close to the blue line separating the two countries, it said in a statement on Thursday.

The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is “engaged with the parties to pursue urgent follow-up action” and “will communicate its preliminary findings to the appropriate authorities in Lebanon”, it added.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said this week that Hezbollah was planning to send militants through the tunnels to launch attacks and he expanded on his comments on
Thursday.

“Hezbollah wants to insert several battalions to our territory with the aim of isolating communities, towns and kibbutzim (collective farms) to continue its reign of terror and abductions which could take place simultaneously,” he told a meeting of foreign diplomats.

He said Hezbollah’s tunnels were big enough to be used by motorcycles, small vehicles and groups of people.

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