Netanyahu confirms assaults on Damascus airport

The border fence with Egypt in Eilat in southern Israel

The border fence with Egypt in Eilat in southern Israel

A man stands next to a drill as Israeli military personnel continue work on exposing and thwarting cross-border tunnels dug from Lebanon into Israel near the town of Metula December 19, 2018.

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

The tunnels "defy UN Security Council Resolution 1701, jeopardize the security of the Lebanese people and undermine the legitimacy of Lebanon's state institutions", the US Embassy in Lebanon said in a statement issued ahead of the meeting.

With the sixth Hezbollah tunnel discovered Saturday afternoon, Israel declared victory and announced the completion of Operation Northern Shield on Sunday. In a New York Times interview published on Friday Eisenkot said that Israel "has struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit" as part of a shadow showdown with Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force.

The latest tunnel, found on Saturday, began in the Lebanese village of Ramyeh, some 800 metres (yards) away from Israel, the army said. Israel reported the tunnel's discovery to UNIFIL, the United Nations observer force responsible for ensuring that southern Lebanon remains free of hostile forces.

Israel alleges Hezbollah had planned to use the tunnels to kidnap or kill its civilians or soldiers, and to seize a slice of Israeli territory in the event of any hostilities.

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.

Long wary of publicity around its operations against Iran-linked targets on its northern front, Israel has been lifting the veil in recent days - a sign of confidence in a campaign waged amid occasional tension with Syria's big-power backer, Russia.

While the Syrian government repeatedly accuses the Jewish state of constantly violating its sovereignty and aiding the terrorists by their raids in the country's airspace, Eisenkot claimed the Israeli actions are justified - and that, anyway, neither Damascus nor Tehran can do anything about it. But with that war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.

"In just the last 36 hours, the air force struck Iran's warehouses, containing Iranian arms, in Damascus worldwide airport", he added, referring to a Friday night sortie that Syria said it had answered with anti-aircraft fire.

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