The Israeli military fired warning shots at three supposed personnel of Hezbollah who approached one of its units while it was carrying out a mission near the separation line with Lebanon as a part of Operation Northern Shield, Lieutenant Colonel Avichay Adraee, a spokesman for the Israeli military, announced on December 8.
“The Israeli Defense Forces [IDF] warns from approaching the area near the fence or its operation to discover and neutralize the terrorist tunnels. Anyone who tries to approach and sabotage the IDF efforts will be risking his life,” Adraee said on Twitter.
From its side, the Hezbollah media wing said that the personnel who approached the separation line were of the Lebanese military intelligence. According to the source, a unit of the Israeli military was planting vibration sensors next to the fence when the incident occurred.
The Israeli military launched Operation Northern Shield on December 4 to destroy cross-border tunnels between Lebanon and Israel. So far, only two short tunnels have been allegedly discovered.
Today’s incident shows that the situation in southern Lebanon may escalate further. Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister warned that the Israeli military may have to operate in Lebanon to counter the threat of Hezbollah tunnels.