The Israeli military on Wednesday afternoon revealed details regarding the terror tunnel located along the Israeli-Lebanese border late last week.
The tunnel, the fourth of its kind discovered by Israeli forces since the launch of Operation Northern Shield earlier this month, was dug by the Hezbollah terror group from southern Lebanon into northern Israel.
On Wednesday, the IDF revealed that the tunnel originated inside the Shi’ite village of Ramyeh near the Israeli border.
“During the weekend, IDF soldiers exposed a Hezbollah attack tunnel that crossed into Israeli territory from Lebanon,” an IDF spokesperson said in a statement.
“Today, the location has been cleared for publication. The attack tunnel was dug in the area of the Shiite village Ramyeh and penetrated several meters into Israeli territory.”
“The efforts to expose and neutralize the attack tunnels will continue as necessary.”
The joint Taskforce of the IDF Northern Command and the Intelligence Directorate examined areas along the Blue Line – the line demarcating the border between Israel and Lebanon – that could be used by Hezbollah in their attack plan.
As part of the tracking methods in the forested areas next to the Shi'ite village of West Ramyeh and into Israeli territory, a number of unusual alterations of the landscape were identified that suggested Hezbollah was working on cross-border tunnels.
In May 2016, for instance, a lone tree was burnt. “Unusual movement of rocks and the creation of new manmade trails were also detected,” the IDF said.
“Concentration of widespread efforts over the past few years by a variety of means – visual and technological – led to the exposure of the attack tunnel routes in Israeli territory.”