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Security Council to Discuss Hezbollah Terror Tunnels at Open Session Next Week

The United Nations Security Council will discuss the cross-border terror tunnels that Hezbollah has built from Lebanon to Israel in an open meeting, scheduled for Wednesday next week, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

While the Security Council has been discussing the tunnels since Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon will be able to present evidence that Israel has gathered to show that the terrorist group is violating UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which prohibits any armed forces south of the Litany River, except for the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Lebanon will also be filing complaints against Israel, including that Israel sent SMS messages to residents of southern Lebanon warning them to stay away from the tunnels.

Danon does not believe that the Security Council will condemn Hezbollah, but “that one of the aims of the meeting is to get the council to define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.” The ambassador added, “A draft resolution on this matter is being prepared.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to appeal to UN Secretary-General António Guterres and “demand” that he condemn the violation of Israeli sovereignty.

Earlier this month, Israel announced that it was beginning Operation Northern Shield with the express goal of locating and eradicating all Hezbollah’s terror tunnels. Subsequently, Israel has said that it exposed two more tunnels.

UNIFIL, the UN force which is supposed to enforce Resolution 1701 confirmed that one of the tunnels extended from Lebanon into Israel.

In August of last year, United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley upbraided the commander of UNIFIL for ignoring the “massive flow of illegal weapons” to Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon and called for the force to do more to stop these activities.

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