Netanyahu Admits to Conducting Airstrikes in Syria

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

"Only a ministry of transport warehouse at Damascus global airport was hit", SANA cited the military source as saying.

"We have found yet another Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel from Lebanon to Israel", Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters of the operation that began on December 4.

"Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus worldwide airport", Netanyahu said on Sunday at the start of a cabinet meeting, according to his office.

"Overnight, the air force also attacked on the southern front against Hamas targets in Gaza and this morning we announced the exposure of an additional tunnel, a main tunnel, perhaps the most important, that crossed the border into our territory".

"The accumulation of recent attacks shows that we're more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria, just as we promised".

It rarely publicly confirms such strikes, though outgoing military chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot has spoken of them in interviews in recent days. He will be replaced on Tuesday by Maj.

Conricus said the latest tunnel originated from the Lebanese border town of Ramyeh, was 55 meters deep and ran 800 meters inside Lebanese territory and also "dozens" of meters into Israel.

"Hezbollah's operational plan was to use the tunnels weapon to infiltrate many fighters, between 1,000-2,000 terrorists, into the Galilee to seize communities here".

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"We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve", he said.

Israel and the United Nations say the tunnels violate a ceasefire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

Hezbollah has not commented on the tunnels, the existence of several of which has been confirmed by Unifil peacekeepers.

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

Israel has long called for a crackdown on the Iran-backed Hezbollah, a heavily armed mini-army that is believed to possess an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets that can reach almost all of Israel.

Conricus said there were no more tunnels reaching Israel from Lebanon but the army was still monitoring "facilities" being dug by Hezbollah within Lebanese territory.

But with that civil war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.

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