Sanc­tions sought over tun­nels

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JERUSALEM — Is­rael’s prime min­is­ter Thurs­day asked the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to im­pose ad­di­tional sanc­tions on Hezbol­lah and con­demn the Le­banese mil­i­tant group in re­sponse to the dis­cov­ery of tun­nels stretch­ing from south­ern Le­banon into north­ern Is­rael.

Step­ping up an in­ter­na­tional pres­sure cam­paign against Hezbol­lah, Is­rael also hosted the com­man­der of a UN peace­keep­ing force, show­ing him one of the tun­nels and urg­ing the force to take ac­tion across the border.

The Is­raeli mil­i­tary this week launched an ope­nended op­er­a­tion meant to ex­pose and thwart what it says are tun­nels built by the Le­banese mil­i­tant group aimed at in­fil­trat­ing Is­rael.

The two sides are bit­ter en­e­mies and fought an in­con­clu­sive month­long war in 2006.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu toured the op­er­a­tion’s area with a group of for­eign am­bas­sadors Thurs­day.

“I told the am­bas­sadors that they need to un­equiv­o­cally con­demn this ag­gres­sion against us by Iran, by Hezbol­lah and by Ha­mas, and of course to also strengthen the sanc­tions against th­ese el­e­ments,” Ne­tanyahu said.

He also said he’ll de­mand the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil dis­cuss the mat­ter.

He said that at the end of the op­er­a­tion, the tun­nels “will no longer ex­ist and will no longer be ef­fec­tive.”

BEN­JAMIN NE­TANYAHU “Con­demn this ag­gres­sion”

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