According to a senior IDF officer, the operation, which is expected to last several weeks, has caught Hezbollah off guard and has very much embarrassed the Shi'ite militia.
"We called them "nature reserves", which served as underground command centers", a senior IDF officer said, as cited by Haaretz.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday to update him on the details of a military operation that will destroy cross-border tunnels between Israel and Lebanon, according to a statement released by his office.
The Trump administration fully supports "Israel in its military operation to address these tunnels", according to Hook.
Netanyahu urged the worldwide community to impose additional sanctions on Hezbollah, stating, "I told the ambassadors that they need to unequivocally condemn this aggression against us by Iran, by Hezbollah and by Hamas, and of course, to also strengthen the sanctions against these elements".
Israel launched an operation dubbed "Northern Shield" on Tuesday to destroy tunnels it said were dug across the border by Hizbullah.
Netanyahu also said he will demand the U.N. Security Council discuss the matter.
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Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, said three areas have been discovered that harbor tunnels. Gen. Yoel Strick, guided Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col, encouraged both sides to reduce "the high level of rhetoric", avoid misunderstandings, and ensure that security and stability along the United Nations -drawn Blue Line "is maintained and reinforced", United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in NY.
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) is "engaged with the parties to pursue urgent follow-up action" and "will communicate its preliminary findings to the appropriate authorities in Lebanon", it added.
Israel also showed its humanitarian side; a message ostensibly from Israel in Arabic on Lebanon's LBC TV posted an audio message to the cellphones of residents of a village in the area to steer clear of tunnels, stating, "Hezbollah is putting your lives in danger because of digging tunnels".
Following the announcement of the tunnel operation, the IDF said that Israel has seen over the years a concerted effort by Iran-backed Hezbollah to dig such tunnels, though emphasized that none were yet operational nor posed an imminent threat to Israeli civilians.
Israel holds the Lebanese government responsible for the actions of Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terror group that enjoys significant political power in Lebanon and maintains am global criminal network that traffics in illegal narcotics and money laundering. "These tunnels could explode. Anyone who is close to the tunnels is putting his or her life in danger".
"Lebanon condemns in the strongest possible terms the political and diplomatic campaign being waged by Israel against Lebanon, which it fears is a prelude to the launch of further attacks", the envoy said.
He also denounced Israel's encroachment on the Lebanese telecommunications network by sending recorded messages to the residents of Kfar Kila.