Bahrain criticizes Hezbollah over terror tunnels

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister says Hezbollah threatens Lebanon's stability by digging terror tunnels into Israeli territory.

Ben Ariel,

Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Reuters

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, on Thursday blasted Hezbollah for digging terrorist tunnels from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

"Is the digging if tunnels by the organization not an open threat to the stability of Lebanon? Who bears responsibility when the neighboring countries take upon themselves the task of getting rid of the danger that threatens them?" he wrote in Arabic on Twitter.

The IDF launched Operation Northern Shield earlier this week in order to dismantle terrorist tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israeli territory.

The operation has been backed by the US, Germany, Britain, Russia and the European Union.

The Bahraini Foreign Minister’s comments follow recent reports that Israel is working to promote diplomatic relations with Bahrain, in light of the rapprochement with moderate Arab states, including Oman. However, Khalifa denied on Thursday that a visit by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to his country is imminent.

Bahrain has in the past been critical of Hezbollah and of Iran, which supports the terrorist group. In fact, in 2013 Bahrain became the first Arab country to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.


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