Israel PM confirms attacks on alleged Iranian targets in Damascus

Tunnel used for militant attacks had stairs and rail system, Israel says

With sixth Hezbollah tunnel discovered Saturday afternoon, Israel declared victory and announced the completion of Operation Northern Shield on Sunday. Israel reported the tunnel's discovery to UNIFIL, the United Nations observer force responsible for ensuring that southern Lebanon remains free of hostile forces.

But recently Israel has spoken publicly about thwarting the weapons smuggling into Lebanon and Mr Netanyahu had said "we are committed more than ever to act against Iran in Syria". "During this time we worked together against varied threats in order to build up Israel's security", Netanyahu said. There is no underground infrastructure now that allows crossing from Lebanon into Israel.

Hezbollah and Israel last fought a war in 2006. Gadi Eisenkot claimed that the attacks mostly hit Iranian targets. It has been clear about preventing the build-up of Iranian proxy forces near the Israeli occupied Golan Heights and the transfer of sophisticated missiles and equipment to the Tehran-backed Hezbollah.

Israel has called on the global community to impose tough sanctions on Hezbollah and act against the state within a state operation in Lebanon.

Israel has pledged to prevent its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime alongside Russian Federation and Hezbollah.

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Israel's vulnerability to tunnels was laid bare during its war with Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza in 2014 when Palestinian fighters used dozens of secret passages dug from Gaza into Israel to launch surprise attacks.

The highly publicized Israeli operation to expose and destroy the tunnels has gone ahead without drawing a military response from Hezbollah.

The Army reiterated that it held Lebanon responsible for all activities that took place in its territory and thanked the residents of Israel's north for helping it achieve the operation's goals.

"In the last 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian warehouses with Iranian weapons at the global airport in Damascus", the Israeli prime minister said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. Meanwhile, Israel's outgoing army chief also confirmed that Tel Aviv has conducted thousands of airstrikes inside Syria over the past two years, without claiming responsibility.

He pledged continued support for the Lebanese military and security forces and said that while Lebanon has the right to defend itself, "that is the right of the Lebanese state alone".

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