Israel locates Hezbollah tunnel on Lebanon border

30 2018 a convoy of US military vehicles rides in Syria's northern city of Manbij

30 2018 a convoy of US military vehicles rides in Syria's northern city of Manbij

Israel acknowledged on Sunday that it carried out a weekend air strike on what it called an Iranian arms cache in Syria, and that it also completed a hunt for cross-border tunnels dug by Tehran-allied Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

It reached a few dozen metres into Israel, and at 55 metres under the ground was the deepest as well as "the longest and most detailed" of all the tunnels the army exposed, Conricus said.

Israel and Hezbollah last clashed in 2006, with Israeli forces invading Lebanon after Hezbollah kidnapped two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid.

The army said its discovery marked the end of the operation launched on December 4 and that the last tunnel would be destroyed in the coming days.

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"The Israel Defense Forces has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets".

The highly publicised Israeli operation to expose and destroy the tunnels has gone ahead without drawing a military response from Hezbollah.

The military said the tunnel ran nearly 800 metres, was fitted with a rail system and had a wide a passageway that allowed for the movement of equipment and a large number of forces.

Israel and the United Nations say the tunnels violate a ceasefire resolution made after a 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

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The tunnel wasn't operational or a threat to Israel's citizens, Israel's military says. UN's peacekeeping mission Unifil has been updated on the latest position.

Netanyahu has vowed to intensify Israeli action in the wake of the United States' withdrawal.

Hezbollah has not commented on the tunnels, the existence of several of which was confirmed by United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon.

Iranian and Iran-backed groups including Lebanon's Hezbollah have deployed into Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government during the war.

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Israel has until now generally refrained from commenting about the strikes for fear of triggering a reaction and being drawn into the deadly fighting in neighbouring Syria's civil war.

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