UNIFIL Chief asks Lebanese army for permission to enter tunnel villages

At a meeting on Friday, Dec. 7, UNIFIL’s Maj. Gen. Stefano del Col asked Lebanese Chief Gen. Joseph Aoun to allow his inspectors to enter South Lebanese villages and verify Israel’s complaint that they housed the starts of cross-border tunnels. On Thursday, the Italian general received detailed information on the Hizballah tunnels excavated in those villages from the IDF’s OC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick.
The international monitors are precluded from entering these villages without Lebanese army consent and escort. Neither party has released the content of the conversation between the generals and so Gen. Aoun’s reply to the UNIFIL request is not known. It is surmised in Jerusalem and IDF General Command that the Gen. Aoun promised to look into the request and then let the UN force have his answer.
Until then, the IDF is continuing to dig on the Israeli side of the border in areas marked out for Hizballah’s cross-border tunnels, despite the stormy weather, DEBKAfile’s military sources report. The operation is safeguarded by large-scale military forces. They stand opposite the Hizballah forces placed on alert on the Lebanese side of the border since Thursday, as earlier reported in this space.

Hizballah has placed its forces on combat readiness in nine regions of southern Lebanon in response to Israel’s demand that UNIFIL and the Lebanese Army dismantle a tunnel. DEBKA Weekly’s military sources report that Hizballah did not mobilize reserves but canceled leaves in all its military units and placed them at the ready for action, including the organization’s southern command at Ma’arub, whose 7,000 troops were moved north up to the Litani River.

This was Hizballah’s first response to the IDF’s Operation Northern Shield since it was launched on Tuesday, Dec. 4, for locating and disabling the cross-border tunnels which Hizballah had secretly run from Shiite villages into northern Israel.

On Thursday, OC IDF Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick met with the UNIFIL commander, Italian Maj. Gen. Stafano Del Col, to deliver a strong protest against Hizballah’s flagrant violations of UNSC Res 1701 by digging terror tunnels under the border. He gave him an aerial photo of a tunnel running from the Lebanese village of Ramaia up to Moshav Dovev in Western Galilee. The first tunnel was uncovered by the IDF two days earlier. Gen. Strick demanded that a UNIFIL force meet up with Lebanese army personnel at the tunnel’s opening without delay and disable it. Otherwise, the IDF would perform this task.

Hizballah chiefs are watching to see whether UNIFIL takes up the Israeli challenge and waiting even more tensely to see if the Lebanese army meets Israel’s demand. UNIFIL personnel will not enter Ramaiah village without a Lebanese military escort. Hizballah is poised to stall that event.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a group of 25 ambassadors invited to the scene of the IDF’s tunnel operation, “There is a “reasonable possibility Israel will have to “operate in Lebanon” to neutralize Hizballah’s attack tunnels.

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26 thoughts on “UNIFIL Chief asks Lebanese army for permission to enter tunnel villages

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 20:04 at 20:04

    Smart move on the Israeli side passing the destruction of the tunnel on the Lebanese side to UNIFIL.

    No reason to start a war over this, just block up the Israeli side and mine the area to prevent its use while UNFIL provides a long-term fix.

    • Dec 6, 2018 @ 22:09 at 22:09

      Once again, the Wisdom of the Descendants of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Elijah, Moses, David, Solomon, Herzl, and Ben-Gurion Sons and Daughters have been Beacon of Enlightenment Vigilance. As the Curse of the Fog of Ignorance among Iranian Shia, Hezboallah, and Hamas Leaders. It is yet another Prophetic Sign from G-d, Jehovah and Allah to Trust All Intelligence Comes From The Heart Of Life. And Not always from the Heads of Corrupt Regimes. As Hezbollah, Hams, and Iran Leaders have decided to disrespect their own Remarkable People. By misusing them as Shutting out the Divine Light within their Ill Windmills of their Confused Leaders Minds. Prime Minister Netanyahu has open the Eyes of 25 UN Ambassadors revealing the Tunnel Visions of Deceit by Hezboallah. Operation Northern Shield is another Brilliant Israel’s Campaign to expose Hezbollah’s Attack Tunnels before the entire world and brings IDF’s Defensive Legitimacy for future military actions at Israel’s Timetable of Choice, and the World will welcome it.

      Once again, the Divine Truth that Hezbollah only has few dozen accurate missiles now explains the Impotence of another Embarrassment this time on Hezbollah before all Middle Eastern People. Moreover, the Divine Revelations of Israel’s Historical Factual Right to Existence among Jehovah G-d-Allah Bountiful Middle East Nations Blessing shows the ways for those following the Abram to Abraham Teaching combined with the Proper Beliefs, Prays, and to submit G-d’s Behavior. His is the only way, just as Western Civilizations that struggle until the Reformation, Renaissance, and Enlightenment proved turning Strangers into Families, Enemies into Neighbors Friendships, and both share as being makers of Customers in Mutual Trade for all. Just as Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad predicted as Messengers for all of Mankind from the Middle East.

      Iranian, Hezbollah and Hamas Hopes and Dreams expanding Terrorism throughout the Middle East are turning into Nightmares draining Money, Weapons, and Resources at the precise wrong time for all these Sponsors of Terrorism. Even Russian Troops chose to prevent the Precision-Guided Technology along with IDF Actions in Syria knowing it would have led to a vast devastation of the Middle East is not in Russian interest either. Meanwhile, as Syria’s Assad attempts to reconstitute his Power just to survive with the Kurds Northern Control of Syria. Iranian Regime Bleedership is already under Protests with Revolutionary Guards targeted dealing with Sunni Suicide Bombers within Iran. While Gaza lies in ruins due to Hamas’s Burden Governorship. As Yemen becomes a Houthi’s Humanity Catastrophe. The Fate of Hezbollah now waits by bringing Harms Ways back to Lebanon. This is more proof that Allah has abandon these previous Enlighten Islamic Civilizations by his Darkening of their Day-Times with Torturing Nightmares fort Iran, Yemen, Gaza, and now Lebanon on the Precipice of Entanglements of what happen to Syria.

      Every Ambassador Envoys present from EU, France, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Brazil, Austria, Ethiopia and Russia, now understands the Global Implications. The Middle East must confront Iran developing a Nuclear Arsenal and Conventional ICBM’s coming to the realization all these Nations and Hate Groups are a threat to Worldwide Security. As more Signs of the Iranian Regime Decline and not just from IDF Superior Divine Defense Intelligence, but that Worldwide Sanctions have hit the Regime’s Sins of Satan Sowing Seeds of Suffering.

      As over 700,000 Afghans and Pakistani left Iran as the Iranian Economy woes keep crumbling driven by massive currency devaluation now seeking to enter Turkey and Europe. At the precise time, when Europe and Turkey have major opposition on Migration. Once again, more Headaches for the Iranian Regime Myopic Policies of Shia Constitutional Caliph Devolution folly of fate by mistakes within Shia revised Scriptures. The World has finally realize that no one will be sorry when the Iranian Theocracy will be disrobed, disarmed, due to its own failures dating back to 1979. Only the Merchants of Death will mourn since they won’t be making bigger “Prophets” from Iranian Divisions. As in Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Gaza, the Shia Sowing Seeds of Suffering have been eaten up by “Chickens coming home to Roosts” bringing shame on Iran Robe’s Cowards of Chaos to Allah’s Ultimate Judgment after 40 years?

      In shāʾa llāh إن شاء الله‎, “If God Willing” Quranic Commands Muslims When Speaking Of Future Events!

    • Dec 6, 2018 @ 22:27 at 22:27

      Funny, as Hezbollah mobilizes on Lebanon Borders this means it can no longer fight in Syria, just when Syrians need them to help consolidate Assad Power, and the Northern Kurdish Men XYG=XYJ Women Young Fighters protect all Kurdish Neighborhoods in Northern Syria? Iran Shia Economic Problems only increase and can no longer help supply Yemen Houthis either. As Hamas Marches start their Autumn Failures as the Dead of Winter falls upon them.

      Just as American Carriers, French Intelligence, and IDF well Executed Plan of Patience combines with Sunni Arab Coalition continuing the pressures and now the UN, EU, India, China, and Russia have to accept what their Envoys have seen. This is not just Breaking News this the Beginning of the Iranian Caliphate Fate Ending with Bringing of Breaking of these Leaders Regimes. Just like what happen to Yassin, Hussein, Qaddafi, and now the Brimstone’s are in place to fall on Iran, Hizbollah, Houthis and Hamas as Assad does nothing?

      • Dec 7, 2018 @ 21:14 at 21:14

        Ginger, Ginger…

        How did you come by misapprehension to connecting Jehovah with the mecca moon god (lines 4 & 14 of your 22:09 above)? The moon god has no children, has created nothing, has followers die. Jehovah created, has one (resurrected) son sacrificed for many, who died and was buried three days for propitiation of sins for all.

        Just as there are many secret believers in Christ trapped in Islam, likewise millions in China, North Korea and other dark places. And in Eretz Israel…

    • Dec 7, 2018 @ 0:43 at 0:43

      Let us take the case of Canada, Germany, and France, for an analyze on smartness.

      Some low level of cowardice and weakness is acceptable, and so, to risk the life of the embassy personnel because being scared of terrorist attacks at home, is understandable.
      But now the threat of Hezbollah missiles is higher and foreign embassies would be in a much safer location in Jerusalem.

      If moving fast is impossible, temporarily moving high rank personnel in a Jerusalem building with title of consulate ensures the required timing. Hezbollah will not bomb Al-Aqsa which happens to be in the Israel capital.

      Not only that, but any dumb carpet cleaner in any Foreign Affairs in the whole world knows that the place of an embassy is in the capital of the state.

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 20:17 at 20:17

    Neither the United Nothing or the Lebanese army will do anything.They are on the side with Hezbollah, so it is up to the IDF to destroy these tunnels and the missiles plants without any delay.

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 21:08 at 21:08

    Nasrallah must come to the Peace/Surrender table and BOW, DEEPLY to Bibi Netanyahu.

    Then Nasrallah goes back to his cell and await his trial.

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 21:11 at 21:11


    Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col is a great buddy, may Allah keep him safe and bless him with great prosperity!

    Yes, it is true, in the beginning our commanders were pissed off with UNIFIL because they came with something never heard of : The Digging Safety Rules. And we were supposed to not dig on Sundays because the UNIFIL Workplace Safety inspectors were off for weekend on Sundays.

    But, after 2 years of hard work, we can proudly report zero jihad workplace accidents. There was however some resistance on the side of the UNIFIL troopers, due to the comfort issues while patrolling with hearing protection devices.

    Greetings to Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col from the highest place, we will defend you and your historic contribution to Jihad!

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 21:36 at 21:36

    The UN is the reason why Lebanon has been once again become a base for worldwide terrorism. Lebanon = Hezbollah/Iran. The UN is useless – merely a conduit for funds and support for Hamas and Hezbollah. The UN is the holy grail for leftists who see in the UN their chances for globalism, transfer of wealth, empowerment of Islam, and power and control over nations they want to erase and flood with low-lifers to bring western civilization down to a 3rd world status and Communist h%ll. The Useless Nuisances (UN) will always side with terrorists against Israel because Israel represents the strongest and most symbolic of the prize states they want to erase.

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 21:53 at 21:53

    “There is a “reasonable possibility Israel will have to “operate in Lebanon” to neutralize Hizballah’s attack tunnels.” — Not Hezbollah’s! But Lebanese! Why should I care what kind of games they play there in Lebanon? The tunnel comes from their territory! Who is the legitimate power, acknowledged UN member there? Who? The answer is: The Lebanese Government. Let them take responsibility.

    • Dec 7, 2018 @ 1:18 at 1:18

      There will not be whole Israel state to operate in Lebanon, only IDF, only temporarily, and only in the UNIFIL area. This is because UNIFIL does not have the machinery and work power to do it.

      After that, depending of the length deep inside Lebanon of the tunnels found, the UNIFIL area must be enlarged enough as to encompass with 10-20 kilometers that safety length. The only issue is here the UNIFIL safety, what if Hezbollah attacks UNIFIL?

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 22:43 at 22:43

    ALLAH protects the Jews, Israelis, and the Land of Israel.
    ALLAH exposes the enemies of Israel and they scurry like rates exposed to sun-shine!

    ALLAH protects the Jews and people of Israel !!!

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 22:56 at 22:56

    As we have seen, all the Iranian Regime has been doing is now Puffing Up Threats since the Sanctions have been put back on with stubborn denials from them?
    1. Hamas has been Huffing while Running back every time a March To Return is Rejected??
    2. Syria Assad just says Thank You but you may need go now on Advice from my Russian Counsel???
    3. The Houthi’s are in Complete Panic Mode they need more help than ever as the Ayatollah can’t even save Iranians Petro-Dollars for Persians let alone Houthi’s????

    Guess & Conclusion From Cross Questions From Many Crooked Bluffing Answers:
    I think Hassan Nasrallah now is Huffing, Puffing and Bluffing just to not become another Legacy of such as Hamas’s Yassin to escape the Trap Death he has set for himself if he dares to escalate anything he now knows can’t respond without that outcome.

  • Dec 6, 2018 @ 23:21 at 23:21

    As Iran continues to Decline and Weaken, Hamas continues to March on Muddy Marshes with lack of Footing, Houthi’s are near Exhaustion, Syria is in Critical Care Recovery, and Hezbollah’s Tunnels have been exposed with a show of shouts and spouts not a force anymore.

    The one Middle Eastern People Growing Stronger more every day are the Kurdish People Living is parts of Syria, Turkey, Iraq, and Iran protecting their Homes, Families and Neighborhoods. The Kurds are in position to take great advantage of the developing situations and dangers now facing Iran & Iraq Shia, Syria, and Lebanon all due to the Iranian of Funding of Caliphate Chaos that has weaken every Iranian Servant State and Group of Hate.

    If there is a conflict in the Middle East, America, NATO, Arab Sunni Coalition, and Israel will stand up and defend their Allies together. Turkey will be wise to sit it out!

    It is now that Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Gaza finding themselves on more than One Front and they are surrounded in positions that they cannot fight on a Dozen Fronts. While the Kurdish People know how to fight and win against ISIL far tougher than Revolutionary Guards, Iraqi Shia Militias, Hamas Marchers, and even Hezbollah Rocket Men of Whistling “MISS-iles”?

    What a Great Opportunity for a New Kurdistan joining Israel as another Democracy in the Middle East!

  • Dec 7, 2018 @ 2:10 at 2:10

    Hizbalah is digging terror tunnels under the border, a clear violation and act of aggression. IDF have to destroy the tunnels to protect Israel’s citizens.

    • Dec 7, 2018 @ 17:49 at 17:49

      Of course you are correct. Hamas fires 400 missiles into Israel and a good portion of the UN does not condemn this violation. The UN needs to be re-booted or eliminated. It is a partisan and corrupt organization.

  • Dec 7, 2018 @ 9:02 at 9:02

    I read somewhere that Lebanon will cease to exist soon. I’m kind of wondering if this is it. It’s usually the case when destruction is knocking at the door, it not heard. Again the question resonates: what in the world does Hezbollah want? How is it that peace is so unattractive? Why start a fight you so well know you will loose? I had watched Lebanese prime minister, a full grown man, weep in front of camera begging Israel to stop bombarding in 2006. I am guessing there will truck full of handkerchief en route Lebanon this time, if there will eyes left in their sockets to weep.

  • Dec 7, 2018 @ 21:01 at 21:01

    Israel should just fill the tunnels with a biological nerve agent that lingers for years and seal it off.

  • Dec 7, 2018 @ 23:27 at 23:27

    Now, that the news about the new Islamic Metro Subway system have been already leaked out, and so early, I have to reveal the whole shebang for a better understanding.

    Most, if not all ancient monuments in Lebanon, are above ground, and tourists could not visit and see the beauty of rocks and the softness of the ground in the underground.

    This is why The Ministry of Cemeteries and Diggings of Hezbollah has had this initiative with implementation of an Islamic Metro Subway system for tourism. Tickets and metro card sold also by UNIFIL.

  • Dec 7, 2018 @ 23:38 at 23:38

    Wrong information, possibly an intoxication operation!
    There are no “tunnel missiles” only underground submarines with the capability to carry tunnel torpedoes. But they swim pretty slow.

    • Dec 8, 2018 @ 1:02 at 1:02

      Nope! All Israel’ submarines are in mission, some ready for blockade of the ports of Beirut, Chekka, Jounieh, Selaata, Sidon, Tripoli, and Zahrani, and some watching in the Gulf for any new developments on the truce with Iran.

      For the port of Tyre, no need of submarine, is at less than 25 km away.

  • Dec 8, 2018 @ 2:28 at 2:28

    And Lebanon ask the UN chief to inspect all the Jews Violation of it’s airspace!

  • Dec 8, 2018 @ 7:44 at 7:44

    Unfortunately, mu impression has been that the Kurds hate the Jews just as much as they hate the Turks. If there are Kurds here and I am wrong let them speak up and I will change my opinion. I have not heard of any contact between the Kurds and Israel.

  • Dec 8, 2018 @ 11:51 at 11:51

    The UN’s idea of disabling terror tunnels is to put up police tape at their entrances. Never trust the UN to do what is right and helpful to extinguish terrorism.

  • Dec 8, 2018 @ 16:12 at 16:12

    Make “Lebanon” Christian again!
    Jizzbolllah occupies Christian land that they ethnicity cleansed. May the resistence to arab/muslim supremacy triumphs.

  • Dec 9, 2018 @ 18:10 at 18:10

    Israel should have never given up Southern Lebanon up to the Litani River. The Lebanese Christains were their allies and kept the Radicals away from Northern Israel. Now Israel is faced with the Iranian group Hezbollah that will never allow Israel to rest. In what Hezbollah calls occupied territory; which means all of Israel….

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