Israel starts to lay equipment to detect cross-border tunnels from Lebanon

Sunday, 2020-01-19 15:17:12
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The inside of a cross-border tunnel which Israel said was dug from Lebanon into Israel, is seen during a media tour organised by the Israeli military near Zar'it in northern Israel, June 3, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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Israel began on Sunday (January 19) to deploy equipment designed to detect underground tunnels crossing its disputed border with Lebanon after months of planning, the army said.

The technological infrastructure is based on "a unique technology, designed to fit the terrain characteristics of the northern border," a military spokesperson said in a statement.

The equipment will be used for defense purposes in case additional cross-border tunnels will be construed by Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Lebanese armed group, according to the statement.

The deployment is part of Israel's effort to fortify its border with Lebanon.

Works to construct a concrete wall along the 130-km border with Lebanon begun in 2018, before Lebanon complained to the UN Security Council in 2019, saying part of the wall is being built on the Lebanese land.

Israel carried out an operation dubbed Northern Shield about a year ago, in an attempt to expose and destroy six "attack" tunnels excavated by Hezbollah.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a bloody war in 2006.