Israel President claims airstrikes on Hezbollah targets in Syria

‘We struck thousands of targets’: IDF chief of staff on Israel’s ‘near-daily’ strikes in Syria

"Only in the last 36 hours did the air force strike targets in Syria and we have proven that we will not stop the settlement of Iran in Syria", Mr Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Netanyahu added that Israel had attacked Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria hundreds of times. "The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised", he said as quoted by his office.

Speaking Sunday at an Israeli Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said: "Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus worldwide airport".

Eisenkot, who will step down on Tuesday, will be replaced by Maj. "We will continue to monitor all activity by Hezbollah, and by Iran and its proxies". Israel's outgoing military chief, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, did so over the weekend in various interviews.

On Saturday, Syria said it filed complaints with the U.N. Security Council and with U.N. Secretary-General Antonia Guterres over Israel's alleged airstrikes.

A far more visible part of his legacy has been the recent Lebanese border operation, which the military said thwarted Hezbollah's prime strategic investment for its next potential war.

After previously reporting the discovery of five tunnels, the Israeli military said another had been found yesterday, 55 metres deep and reaching "a few tens of metres" into Israel from a point 800 metres within Lebanon.

Netanyahu also cited an Israeli search-and-dismantle mission against suspected Hezbollah attack tunnels along the border with Lebanon that was launched in December and deemed completed on Sunday.

He claimed the tunnel included stairs, a rail system, and a passageway to allow equipment and forces through.

"We have achieved the goal that we set out to achieve a month and a half ago", he said.

"According to our intelligence, there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels into Israel". Conricus said the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known as UNIFIL, was updated on the latest development.

In the wake of the tunnel discoveries, Israel has asked the worldwide community to impose tough sanctions on Hezbollah and launch action against its state-within-a-state operation in Lebanon.

Neither Lebanon nor Hezbollah has commented directly on the end of the operation. It said the Iranian-backed organization Hezbollah dug.

Israel has pledged to prevent its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime alongside Russian Federation and Hezbollah.

Israel has until now generally refrained from commenting about the strikes for fear of triggering a reaction and being drawn into the deadly fighting in neighbouring Syria's civil war.

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