Currents News Staff
Israel announced Operation Northern Shield this morning to thwart and neutralize what they call cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israel.
The military has put its Northern Command on alert and closed some areas near the border as military zones. That being said no reserves have been called up at this point and there are no restrictions on civilians for now.
The first tunnel the military is dealing with is near Metula a town that sits right on the Israel Lebanon border. But the operation will continue. The military says all along the border. It’s estimated that there are less than 10 tunnels.
The military is aware of now that enter some dozens of meters into Israel. But more could be discovered as the operation continues. Israeli military says none of the tunnels were operational yet. This is far from Israel’s first effort to shore up its northern border.
For a few years now, Israel has been working to build a defensive wall on some sensitive parts of the border as well as creating cliffs in the mountains there to make it more difficult to go through the border. Israel has also cleared away vegetation along the Lebanese border to improve visibility there.