The IDF has begun destroying the attack tunnels they have found along the Israel-Lebanon border during the ongoing Operation Northern Shield. The Times of Israel's Judah Ari Gross reports that Israeli soldiers warned Lebanese residents to stay away as they began getting rid of these avenues meant to be used to attack Israelis:
In the video, filmed Thursday night, an Israel Defense Forces officer can be seen speaking into a megaphone and urging resident of the Lebanese town of Ramyeh on the other side of the border to clear the area for their own safety.
“We are about to blow up this tunnel built by Hezbollah,” the unnamed officer can be heard saying. “We ask you to evacuate the area immediately. You are in danger.”
“The neutralization and destruction phase of Hezbollah’s cross-border attack tunnels begun yesterday and is led by the combat engineering units of the Northern Command and the Yahalom (Special Combat Engineering) Unit,” the military said in a statement.
“As part of this effort, a cross-border attack tunnel dug from the Shi’ite village of Ramyeh into Israel was detonated,” the statement said. “The IDF holds the Lebanese Government responsible for digging the attack tunnels and the consequences of this action. The IDF will continue to expose and neutralize cross-border attack tunnels in accordance with the approved plan.”
The military announced earlier Thursday that it had begun to seal off some of the Hezbollah attack tunnels dug into northern Israel from southern Lebanon.
In some cases, the tunnels will be plugged shut, while in others they will be destroyed with explosives...