With discovery of sixth terror tunnel, Israel declares Operation Northern Shield complete

The border fence with Egypt in Eilat in southern Israel

The border fence with Egypt in Eilat in southern Israel

Syrian state media said at the time of the attack that the damage was limited to a hit on a warehouse at Damascus airport.

Netanyahuy said the Israel Defense Forces has attacked hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets. He said they'd successfully struck an Iranian weapons storage facility at Damascus International Airport, 'Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport, ' Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

Israel launched "Operation Northern Shield" early last month to detect and destroy what it called a vast network of Hezbollah tunnels aimed for militants to sneak across the border, capture territory and stage devastating attacks. "The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised".

On Tuesday, Eisenkot will be replace by Maj. Israel, coordinating with United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon, said it sought no escalation.

The latest tunnel, found on Saturday, began in the Lebanese village of Ramyeh, some 800 metres (yards) away from Israel, the army said.

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.

The tunnel would be destroyed in the coming days, Lt Gen Conricus said, adding that while more tunnels still existed on the Lebanese side of the border, this effectively marked the end of the ambitious military operation.

The IDF also said that the "operation stripped from Hezbollah the unique offensive ability that it had built for years as part of an attack plan into Israeli territory that it wanted to conduct to create emergency situations".

Israel has pledged to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime alongside Russian Federation and Hezbollah. It said the Iranian-backed organization Hezbollah dug. In tandem we'll seize a number of locations in Lebanese territory from which Hezbollah digs tunnels that have not yet crossed into Israel.

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.

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