Israel President claims airstrikes on Hezbollah targets in Syria

A supporter of Lebanon's Hezbollah gestures as he holds a Hezbollah flag in Marjayoun Leban

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a recent Israeli airstrike in Syria targeted Iranian weapons.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) rarely acknowledge striking specific targets in Syria but its outgoing chief of staff just openly confessed to running a large-scale bombing campaign in its neighbor's territory. "The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised", he said as quoted by his office.

He praised the IDF chief's work against the manufacture of precision weapons in Lebanon, dismantling Hezbollah's attack tunnels during Operation Northern Shield, action against Hamas on the Gaza border and in thwarting hundreds of terrorist attacks in the West Bank.

Lt Col Conricus said the sixth tunnel started in the border town of Ramyeh and was 55m (180ft) deep and 800m (2600ft) long.

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.

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

Conricus said there were no more tunnels reaching Israel from Lebanon but the army was still monitoring "facilities" being dug by Hezbollah within Lebanese territory.

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"According to our intelligence, there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels into Israel".

Hezbollah has not commented on the tunnels, the existence of several of which has been confirmed by Unifil peacekeepers.

He also reiterated that Israel holds the Lebanese government accountable "for any act of violence or violation of 1701", the United Nations resolution that ended the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.

Neither Lebanon nor Hezbollah has commented directly on the end of the operation.

In recent years, Hezbollah has been bogged down in fighting in Syria on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.

In the wake of its discoveries, Israel has asked the worldwide community to impose tough sanctions on Hezbollah and begin to act against its state-within-a-state operation in 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.

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