Netanyahu confirms Israeli strike on Iran target in Syria

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkott speaks at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkott speaks at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya

Syria's official SANA news agency claimed it had shot down most of Israel's missiles, and that the attack was largely unsuccessful.

"We have found yet another Hezbollah cross-border attack tunnel from Lebanon to Israel", Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters of the operation that began on December 4.

'Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport, ' Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting today. "The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised".

Syria filed complaints with the UN Security Council over the airstrikes, the Times of Israel reported.

On Tuesday, Eisenkot will be replace by Maj.

It reached a few dozen metres into Israel, and at 55 metres under the ground was the deepest as well as "the longest and most detailed" of all the tunnels the army exposed, Conricus said. In a New York Times interview published Friday, Eisenkot said that Israel "has struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit" as part of his showdown with Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force.

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"Hezbollah's operational plan was to use the tunnels weapon to infiltrate many fighters, between 1,000-2,000 terrorists, into the Galilee to seize communities here".

Lt Col Conricus said: "We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve a month and a half ago".

With the sixth Hezbollah tunnel discovered Saturday afternoon, Israel declared victory and announced the completion of Operation Northern Shield on Sunday. Conricus said the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as UNIFIL, was updated on the latest development.

Israel says Iran is seeking to establish a military presence in Syria that could threaten Israeli security by trying to transfer advanced weaponry to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

Israel has long called for a crackdown on the Iran-backed Hezbollah, a heavily armed mini-army that is believed to possess an arsenal of some 150,000 rockets that can reach almost all of Israel.

The military said its forces would stay deployed along the border area to monitor for any other possible underground activity, and said it holds the Lebanese government responsible for everything happening in its territory.

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