Israel claims Syria air strike, says hunt for Hezbollah tunnels over

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Israel has acknowledged carrying out air strikes on Damascus International Airport in Syria over the weekend in what it says was an operation to target an Iranian weapons warehouse.

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

"We have been taking action with impressive success to arrest Iran's military entrenchment in Syria", Netanyahu told his cabinet in televised remarks, saying this entailed "hundreds" of attacks over the past several years of Syria's civil war, in which Iranian and Hezbollah forces have backed the Damascus government against rebels and Islamist insurgents. He added that Hezbollah retained underground facilities on the Lebanese side.

The tunnel, the second discovered coming from the Lebanese town of Ramieh, went 180 feet deep and crossed 2,624 feet of Lebanese territory and dozens of yards into Israel. It says it has now found all Hezbollah tunnels on the Lebanon border. Denmark-based Lebanese journalist Jerry Maher, who is a fierce opponent of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah, is apparently the one responsible for the reports about Nasrallah's medical condition.

He claimed the tunnel included stairs, a rail system, and a passageway to allow equipment and forces through.

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"We have achieved the goal (to expose and destroy the tunnels from Lebanon) which we set out to achieve at the beginning", Conricus said.

Lt Gen Conricus says the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as Unifil, had been updated on the latest development.

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.

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

The powerful Shiite militant Hezbollah, which acts independently in Lebanon, has yet to comment on the Israeli discoveries.

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