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Israel: Why Israel Launched a Military Operation Beneath Its Border With Lebanon

Dec 4, 2018 | 21:02 GMT

The animosity between Israel and Iran is simmering beneath the Israel-Lebanon border. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced Dec. 4 that they had launched Operation Northern Shield the night before to destroy a small number of cross-border tunnels. Excavated by Iran-backed Hezbollah, the tunnels reportedly cross Israel's northern border with Lebanon, near the Israeli village of Metula just west of the Golan Heights. According to IDF spokesman Ronan Manelis, the IDF has long prepared for this operation. As the IDF assesses Hezbollah's potential reaction, Israeli authorities have warned northern farmers not to approach the border, called up some reservists and mobilized artillery units....

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