UN forces in Lebanon (UNIFIL) today confirmed the existence of a tunnel on the Israeli side of the border, after Tel Aviv announced an operation two days ago accusing Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah of drilling tunnels from Lebanese territory to infiltrate.
In a statement, UN forces indicated that after visiting today an area near Metula, in northern Israel, "UNIFIL can confirm the existence of a tunnel in that site."
He noted that the Israeli Army told him he had "discovered a tunnel near the blue line," drawn by UN forces to guarantee the Israeli withdrawal from southern Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.
They added that "they will carry out an urgent follow-up since it is important to determine the full framework of this dangerous event" and that UNIFIL "will send its preliminary findings to the competent authorities in Lebanon."
The Israeli Army reported today a second cross-border tunnel that claims to have built Hezbollah from the Lebanese village of Ramyeh into Israeli territory and asked UNIFIL to neutralize it.
The "Escudo del Norte" operation, begun on Tuesday by Israel, continues and is being carried out at three points on the northern border where "various tunnels" cross-border have been detected, according to the Israeli Army, which accuses Hizbulá of having drilled tunnels from the Lebanese territory to supposedly infiltrate their country.
Hezbollah reacted today for the first time after the announcement of Israel and assured that they will face "the intentions of the Israeli enemy to provoke Lebanon".
However, still the leader of the Shiite group, Hasan Nasrallah, has not spoken about it, pending a possible speech in the coming days.