Germany on Wednesday condemned the Hezbollah terrorist organization for digging tunnels that infiltrated into Israeli territory.
“The German Government strongly condemns the aggressive behavior of Hezbollah, as manifested in the tunnel system built in violation of Israel's territorial integrity,” said Germany’s Ambassador to Israel, Susanne Wasum-Rainer, in a post on Twitter.
Britain’s Minister of State for the Middle East also expressed support for Israel’s efforts against Hezbollah.
“UK condemns Hizballah [sic] tunnels into northern Israel. This is a blatant disregard of UN resolutions, threatening Israel and Lebanon’s stability. UNSCR 1701 must be implemented. UK supports Israel’s right to defend itself,” he tweeted.
The IDF launched Operation Northern Shield overnight Monday in order to dismantle terrorist tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon into Israeli territory.
Within hours of the initial announcement, the IDF reported that it had uncovered a terror tunnel originating in the southern Lebanese village of Kafr Kela, and leading into Israeli territory. The tunnel was dug from a cement factory in the southern Kafr Kela area and which had been converted to a military site by Hezbollah terrorists.
Earlier on Wednesday, an IDF team participated in a pre-scheduled trilateral meeting, chaired by the UNIFIL Force Commander and Head of Mission Stefano Del Col, with a team from the Lebanese Armed Forces.
According to the IDF, the meeting focused on the IDF’s exposure of the Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel dug from Lebanon into Israel. The IDF expressed its protests regarding the severe violation of Israeli sovereignty and UN Security Council Resolution 1701.
The Israeli operation has received backing from the US, which condemned Hezbollah’s attempts to dig tunnels leading into Israel.
“The US strongly supports Israel's efforts to defend its sovereignty, and we call on Hezbollah to stop its tunneling into Israel and to refrain from escalation and violence,” said US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday.
“More broadly, we call on Iran and all of its agents to stop their regional aggression and provocation, which pose an unacceptable threat to Israeli and regional security.”
On Wednesday, the Russian government endorsed Israeli efforts to seek out and destroy tunnels constructed by Hezbollah, but also urged the Jewish state not to take military action inside of Lebanon.