Israel Confirms Syria Strike, Ends Mission on Lebanon Border

Israel Confirms Syria Strike, Ends Mission on Lebanon Border

Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source saying on Friday that Syrian air defences had shot down Israeli missiles, but a warehouse had been hit.

Israel said today it had completed a search for Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon after uncovering at least six of the passages dug secretly under the border by the Iranian-backed guerrillas.

"Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the worldwide airport in Damascus".

Netanyahu said Sunday: "The accumulated number of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to act against Iran in Syria".

On Saturday, Syria said it filed complaints with the U.N. Security Council and with U.N. Secretary-General Antonia Guterres over Israel's alleged airstrikes.

Only recently has it begun to speak publicly about thwarting the weapons smuggling from Iran through Styria into Lebanon. He will be replaced on Tuesday by Maj.

In a New York Times interview published Friday, Lt Gen Eisenkot - the man who is credited with marshalling Israel's Syria campaign against Hezbollah and Iran - revealed the government approved his shift in strategy in January 2017 to step up airstrikes in Syria.

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"According to our assessments, there are no longer any tunnels crossing into Israel", military spokesman Lt. -Col.

The Israeli military said a sixth tunnel was found on Saturday, 55 meters (yards) deep and reaching "a few tens of meters" into Israeli territory from 800 meters within Lebanon.

A month-long war in 2006 between Israel and Hezbollah killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and more than 160 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

"We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve", he said.

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

Israel has long called for a crackdown on the Iran-backed Hezbollah, a heavily armed mini-army that is believed to possess an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets that can reach almost all of Israel.

In the past days, Eisenkot gave a series of interviews with both Israeli and foreign media, warning Iran against entrenching itself militarily in Syria. But with that war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.

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