Israeli soldiers block the road on the border with Lebanon in the northern town of Metula, December 4, 2018. (AP)

December 26, 2018

Israeli military spokesman Ronen Manelis announced Monday that Iran no longer has missile factories in Lebanon.

In conversation with Kol BaRama radio Manelis said that “the sites to which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed to when he was speaking in the UN are no longer active,” reported Israeli media.

He refused to reveal details over the reason of the closure, on whether it was made by a third party or Iran.

“Israel is operating against Hezbollah on three fronts,” he went on to say. On the first front, it wants to prevent it from obtaining precision missiles. On the second, it wants to keep it away from the Golan Heights in Syria and open a new front there. On the third, Israel wants to prevent Iran from sending military means to the Lebanese party. He did not elaborate on what those military equipment were.

On the Hezbollah tunnels along the Lebanese-Israeli border, Manelis said that operation Northern Shield that Tel Aviv launched earlier this month is aimed at destroying these tunnels.

The four tunnels that have been exposed so far penetrate Israeli territory, he revealed. They stretch between 70 and 80 meters.

On whether the operation was politically motivated, he stated that the military had demanded its launch over a year ago but “circumstances were not appropriate at the time.”

Asharq Al-Awsat

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