Israel Finds Last Tunnel, Ending Mission on Lebanese Border

The last such missile attack was carried out on December 25, 2018, during which the Israeli warplanes fired missiles on Syrian military depots in the western countryside of Damascus from inside the Lebanese airspace.

Despite the Lieutenant General's claim about a moral high ground in the battle against the perceived Iranian threat, the Israeli Air Force was caught in several reckless -and sometimes lethal- actions during their missions in Syria.

Israel said today it had completed a search for Hezbollah tunnels from Lebanon after uncovering at least six of the passages dug secretly under the border by the Iranian-backed guerrillas.

The attack was repelled by the Syrian Air Defence and most of the missiles were shot down, while a warehouse near Damascus International Airport was damaged by the strikes.

Syrian Foreign Ministry said last month that the repeated Israeli attacks on Syria aim to prolong the more than seven-year war in the country. The jet crashed in northern Israel and both pilots parachuted out before the impact. But with that war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.

The tunnel wasn't operational or a threat to Israel's citizens, Israel's military says. He said the military had carried out over 200 strikes in Syria over the preceding year and a half.

Earlier in the day, at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said Israel was behind the Syria airstrike, a rare acknowledgement of such a raid. While they have at times traded blows within Syria - where Hezbollah has been helping Damascus beat back rebels - the Israel-Lebanon border has mostly been quiet.

It rarely publicly confirms such strikes, though outgoing military chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot has spoken of them in interviews in recent days.

In a New York Times interview published Friday, Lt Gen Eisenkot - the man who is credited with marshalling Israel's Syria campaign against Hezbollah and Iran - revealed the government approved his shift in strategy in January 2017 to step up airstrikes in Syria.

Missile fire is seen from Damascus, Syria on May 10, 2018.

Vanessa Coleman

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