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Beirut - Israel Gave No Proof Of Border Tunnels, Says Lebanon's Berri

Published on: December 5, 2018 09:12 AM
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Israeli soldiers patrol on the Israel border with Lebanon, near the northern Israeli town of Metula, 05 December 2018. EPAIsraeli soldiers patrol on the Israel border with Lebanon, near the northern Israeli town of Metula, 05 December 2018. EPA

Beirut - Israel provided no evidence of cross-border attack tunnels in a meeting with U.N. peacekeepers on Wednesday, Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said.

The Israeli military launched an operation on Tuesday on its side of the border to “expose and thwart” tunnels into its territory, which it said originated from Lebanon.

Israel accused Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement of digging across the common frontier, saying they did not function yet but posed “an imminent threat”.

There was no comment from Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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“The Israelis did not present any information,” at the meeting with the Lebanese army and the UNIFIL peacekeeping force, a statement from Berri’s office said, adding that geographic coordinates had been demanded but not received.

“This (Israeli accusation) is not based on any real facts at all,” Ali Bazzi, a lawmaker from Berri’s parliamentary bloc cited the speaker as saying after a meeting.

Mechanical diggers, drills and other heavy machinery were seen from south Lebanon throughout Tuesday, working on the Israeli side of the heavily-guarded border. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late on Tuesday the operation would continue for as long as necessary.



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 Dec 05, 2018 at 09:28 AM Phineas Says:

Why would Israel provide information?

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 09:36 AM Barzilai Says:

Oy, he missed a real opportunity. He should have said "First of all, there are no tunnels there. Second of all, the so called tunnels are natural, they've always been there. Third of all, Israel is the one that dug them." And the media would have reported his wise words as self evident truths.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 10:34 AM elyeh Says:

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Barzilai Says:

Oy, he missed a real opportunity. He should have said "First of all, there are no tunnels there. Second of all, the so called tunnels are natural, they've always been there. Third of all, Israel is the one that dug them." And the media would have reported his wise words as self evident truths.

Thank you for your very wise words.

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 Dec 05, 2018 at 01:36 PM Barzilai Says:

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elyeh Says:

Thank you for your very wise words.

You're welcome.
What is really surprising to me is that Israel really doesn't make tunnels to Gaza and Lebanon. That would be better than telegraphing invasions.

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