IDF Engineering Chief: No Tunnels From Lebanon

Lt. Oshri Lugasy, top member of IDF Engineering Corps., says it's 'unlikely' Hezbollah has dug tunnels into Israel.

Yaakov Levi ,

Hamas terror tunnel (file)
Hamas terror tunnel (file)
Flash 90

Weighing on the “debate” over whether or not Hezbollah has dug tunnels under the border between Israel and Lebanon was Lieutenant Oshri Lugasy, a top member of the IDF Engineering Corps. According to Lugasy, it is very unlikely that such tunnels exist.

“Unlike in Gaza, the northern border does not have any tunnels,” Lugasy said. “As far as I know, there is no infrastructure under the border fence with Lebanon.”

In the wake of the discovery of dozens of tunnels under Gaza – some of them burrowing into Israeli territory – the IDF has been grappling with the question of whether the country could face the same danger on its northern border.

Reports said that the IDF has been quietly searching for such tunnels. Reservists who in recent months arrived to serve at the Lebanese border told Arutz Sheva that their own IDF officers have great concern for the presence of tunnels from Lebanon to Israel, and that instructions were given along the northern borders to dig to search for such tunnels.

Many residents of the north have reported hearing the sounds of digging and hammers from underneath their homes, coupled with evidence of active cement mixers and construction trucks carting out earth on the Lebanese side under the cover of greenhouse structures. The threat is more pressing given the wide network of lethal tunnels unearthed in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Those tunnels were revealed in reports to have been planned for use in a massive incursion on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, during which the Hamas terror group planned to commit a large-scale massacre of Israelis living in communities near Gaza.




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