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

Syrian air defense systems intercept Israeli missiles in the skies near Damascus late

Syrian air defense systems intercept Israeli missiles in the skies near Damascus late

He also added that "the accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, and we will strike harder in Syria if needed.".

The attacks against Iranian targets and not only on Hezbollah arms convoys, were authorised by cabinet in 2017, he explained in his interview to the USA newspaper.

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

After previously reporting the discovery of five tunnels, the Israeli military said another had been found yesterday, 55 metres deep and reaching "a few tens of metres" into Israel from a point 800 metres within Lebanon. Denmark-based Lebanese journalist Jerry Maher, who is a fierce opponent of Iran and its proxy Hezbollah, is apparently the one responsible for the reports about Nasrallah's medical condition.

Lt Gen Conricus said the latest tunnel originated from the Lebanese border town of Ramyeh.

The military said the tunnel ran nearly 800 metres, was fitted with a rail system and had a wide a passageway that allowed for the movement of equipment and a large number of forces.

Netanyahu also cited "the successful completion" of an Israeli search-and-dismantle mission against suspected Hezbollah attack tunnels from Lebanon that was launched in December.

Hezbollah and Israel last fought a war in 2006.

The last tunnel will be destroyed in the coming days. Israel reported the tunnel's discovery to UNIFIL, the United Nations observer force responsible for ensuring that southern Lebanon remains free of hostile forces.

The military said its forces will remain in the border area to monitor any further underground activity.

The powerful Shiite Hezbollah group, which acts independently in Lebanon, has yet to comment on the tunnels. But with that war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.

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