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IDF says it uncovered first Hezbollah tunnel, preparing to destroy it

The Israeli military says it has uncovered the first cross-border attack tunnel dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah terrorist group, south of the Lebanese village of Kafr Kila, across from the Israeli town of Metulla.

“At this time, having located the tunnel, IDF soldiers are conducting engineering and operational efforts before neutralizing it,” the army says.

The IDF says the “terror tunnel” penetrated Israeli territory from Lebanon.

It is the first tunnel that the army has said it uncovered as part of a newly launched operation — Northern Shield — to find and destroy the offensive subterranean passages from Lebanon.

“The tunnel crossed into Israeli territory, but did not present an immediate threat to residents of the area,” the army says.

An illustrative map provided by the IDF indicates that the tunnel entered Israeli territory south of Metulla.

— Judah Ari Gross

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