UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon) inspectors have confirmed the existence of a tunnel in northern Israel, a statement from the United Nations peacekeeping force reported on December 6th.
This follows General Stefano Del Col, head of UNIFIL, heading a regular tripartite meeting between the Lebanese Army, UNIFIL and the Israeli army on December 5th, a day after Israel launched an operation to block tunnels it claimed were dug by Iran-backed Hezbollah militiamen from Lebanon into Israel.
Israel dubbed the operation “Northern Shield,” with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing it will last as long as necessary to deter the imminent threat posed by the underground network.
General Del Col, accompanied by a technical team, visited a location near the northern Israeli town of Metulla to investigate Israeli allegations of a tunnel close to the Blue Line that demarcates Lebanon’s border with Israel. “UNIFIL is now [pursuing] urgent follow-up action,” the statement said. “It is very important to determine the full picture of this serious occurrence.”