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Report: Hezbollah Terror Tunnel Network Far ‘Bigger’ and ‘Sophisticated’ Than Hamas’s Network

Report: Hezbollah Terror Tunnel Network Far ‘Bigger’ and ‘Sophisticated’ Than Hamas’s Network

Hezbollah’s terror tunnel network has been financed by Iran and built by North Korean mining companies.

A day after an alleged Israeli drone strike eliminated Hamas’s second-in-command and a key planner of the October 7 massacre, Saleh al-Arouri, operating out of a Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon, the Iran-backed terrorist group has escalated its terrorist attacks along Israel’s northern border.

“Anti-tank fire from Lebanese territory slightly wounded two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers at a military post near the border, following an alleged Israeli targeted strike on senior Hamas officials in Lebanon,” the Israeli TV channel i24NEWS reported. “There were also at least three attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria revealed Tuesday night.”

Hezbollah, an even better funded terrorist group than Hamas, poses an even greater threat to Israel. While IDF soldiers and combat engineers risk their lives dismantling Hamas’s vast tunnel network spread across Gaza, Israel faces a much more significant challenge in the north, where the Iran-backed Hezbollah has created more extensive and far more advanced tunnel systems. Hezbollah’s terror tunnel network, financed by Iran, is larger and more sophisticated than what Hamas has managed to create at the cost of billions of dollars in Gaza.

Hezbollah, estimated to be the world’s biggest terrorist organization, has spent nearly two decades tunneling along Israel’s northern border. The underground web of terror tunnels in Lebanon is even bigger than Hamas’s ‘Gaza metro’, which is estimated to be over 300-miles-long. This subterranean network of tunnel shafts, command centers, and weapons depots has been financed by the Iranian regime and built by North Korean mining companies.

Writing for The Times of Israel, prominent Israeli journalist Tal Schneider reported Tuesday:

Two weeks ago, the IDF spokesman revealed one of the biggest attack tunnels in the Gaza Strip — four kilometers long, wide enough for vehicles to drive through, and running from Jabaliya, north of Gaza City, up until some 400 meters from the Erez border crossing into Israel.

While the tunnel did not cross the border, it presumably could have enabled terrorists on motorcycles and other vehicles to drive underground from the Jabaliya area and exit close to the border before IDF surveillance soldiers or patrols could block them. The IDF did not specify whether this was the case when 3,000 Hamas-led terrorists poured into Israel on October 7, slaughtering 1,200 people and abducting 240.

The uncovering of this vast tunnel, of which there are several more in Gaza, has revived discussion of similar tunnels near, at and under the Lebanon border — especially amid the ongoing clashes there with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist army, the forced evacuation of tens of thousands of Israeli residents of the north, and the Israeli leadership’s repeated insistence that Hezbollah must be forced back from the border and deterred.

The Lebanon tunnel project was begun and developed long before the one in Gaza. Existing intelligence indicates a vast tunnel network in southern Lebanon, deep and multi-pronged.

At the Alma Research and Education Center, which focuses on the security challenges on Israel’s northern border, researchers have spent many years investigating Lebanon’s underworld. Tal Beeri, the director of Alma’s Research Department, who served for decades in IDF intelligence units, has exposed that subterranean network in material based on considerable open-source intelligence.

Several years ago, Beeri managed to track down on the internet a “map of polygons,” covering what he called the “Land of the Tunnels” in southern Lebanon. “The map is marked, by an unknown party, with polygons (circles) indicating 36 geographic regions, towns and villages,” he wrote in 2021 paper.

“In our assessment, these polygons mark Hezbollah’s staging centers as part of the ‘defense’ plan against an Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Each local staging center (‘defense’) possesses a network of local underground tunnels. Between all these centers, an infrastructure of regional tunnels was built, interconnected [with] them.”

Beeri assessed that the cumulative length of Hezbollah’s tunnel network in south Lebanon amounts to hundreds of kilometers.

Since October 7, Hezbollah has relentlessly fired rockets and shells into northern Israel, displacing around 80,000 Israelis. Amid reports that the IDF is closing in on Hamas’s Gaza-based leadership, Hezbollah has intensified cross-border attacks, heightening the prospect of an armed conflict along Israel’s northern border.

Weeks after Hamas’s October 7 massacre, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made his first public statement, threatening to step up cross-border strikes on Israel. The Shia-Islamic terrorist militia has since escalated attacks in northern Israel.

We at the Legal Insurrection have long been reporting on the threat posed by Hezbollah’s terror tunnels. I noted in a March 2016 post that “Since 2003, North Korean engineers have been building underground facilities for the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, often drilling directly into solid rocks. Iran hired the North Korean mining company “Korean Mining Development Company” to build Hezbollah’s underground terror infrastructure.”

The Israeli think tank Alma Research and Education Center explained in a 2021 report that “after the Second Lebanon War of 2006, Hezbollah, with the help of the North Koreans and the Iranians, set up a project forming a network of “inter-regional” tunnels in Lebanon, a network significantly larger than the “Hamas” metro (in our assessment, Hamas used Iranian and North Korean knowledge to build its tunnels as well).”

This tunnel network runs across Lebanon, connecting the Hezbollah leadership to the forward terrorist bases. “It is not merely a network of offensive and infrastructure local tunnels, in or near villages, it’s a network of tens of kilometers of regional tunnels that extend and connect the Beirut area (Hezbollah’s central headquarters) and the Beqaa area (Hezbollah’s logistical operational rear base) to southern Lebanon (which is divided into two staging areas named by Hezbollah “the lines of defense”),” the think tank added.


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filiusdextris | January 3, 2024 at 1:16 pm

They’ll get their comeuppance when the southern front is closed.

Let’s hope the juices have been keeping a very close eye on these tunneling activities eh.

I think hesbollah are a totally different kettle of fish compared to Hamas in that their training and equipment is a number of times better??

    henrybowman in reply to mailman. | January 3, 2024 at 3:23 pm

    The mere headline information alone comports well with the relative frequency of IED “self-owns” experienced by the two groups.

Nuke em, and see how those tunnels hold up.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Wisewerds. | January 3, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    Yep, neutron bombs eliminate all lower life with minimal radiation and infrastructure damage, That would be similar to a huge microwave cooking them in their own juices.

      JohnSmith100 in reply to JohnSmith100. | January 3, 2024 at 3:19 pm

      To be clear, minimal lingering radiation, think of it like a flash of gamma, brief but deadly. And it passes through the ground.

        henrybowman in reply to JohnSmith100. | January 3, 2024 at 3:26 pm

        Yes, but suboptimal in two regards. One, a weapon that “kills people and not things” won’t really do much about the tunnels themselves, which is the target most justifiable under international law. And secondly, it will harm people on your own side of the border.

          JohnSmith100 in reply to henrybowman. | January 3, 2024 at 4:17 pm

          The tunnels can be dealt with as a separate operations, and neutron bombs set off further outside Israel’s boarder will not harm Israeli’s. Proximity is why neutron weapons are not suitable in many areas of Israel.

          broomhandle in reply to henrybowman. | January 4, 2024 at 12:48 pm

          Tunnels would offer good shielding from the effects of a neutron bomb. Lots of dead Lebanese people and animals but lots of living Hezbo terrorists afterwards.

Care how complex their tunnel system is, fill it with methane and then you can light it

    JohnSmith100 in reply to Ironclaw. | January 3, 2024 at 3:47 pm

    Process Pale crap and dead bodies for methane production, liquefy it, and use it for burning our tunnels. It is easier to use Propane or Liquefied Natural Gas or other flammable gas, or even finely powdered material like flower could be used, burning flour and breaded terrorists.

Imagine how many hundreds of billions of dollars of money these Muslim terrorist/Islamofascist groups such as Fatah, Hamas and Hezb’allah have squandered on weapons, terror infrastructure and materiel, over decades — money and resources that could have been spent on improving the lives of Arab Muslim “Palestinians” and Lebanese.

    Now imagine what percentage of that money came from American tax payers, handed over by sniveling, boot licking progressive c*nts like Barack Obama and Joe Biden*.

It will only take one tunnel under Israel with a nuke in it to destroy Israel. It might not take out the whole country but would make it unliveable. Iran is not too far away from having nukes so I think the handwriting is on the wall. A missile would be cheaper and quicker but Israel has the best air defense in the world and Iran would have to have many nuclear-armed missiles to ensure that at least one got through. One tunnel dug over time is more certain. How horrible it must be for the Israelis to have to live like this? In our country, we have no defense against the invasion ongoing now out in the open.

    guyjones in reply to inspectorudy. | January 3, 2024 at 7:27 pm

    “How horrible it must be for the Israelis to have to live like this? …”

    I don’t discount the gist of your rhetorical question, but, what’s interesting is that Israel has ranked very highly on past “happiness” surveys querying sundry countries’ citizens.

    My guess is that the Israelis are able to take terrorism in stride and still live and enjoy life, as a pointed middle finger to the vile and evil Muslim terrorists and Islamofascists who seek to commit genocide and other atrocities against them.

    That’s partially what the 10/7 attacks were about — not merely visiting acts of unprecedented (at least, in the current era) sadism and savagery upon Jews, disrupting Israel’s peace discussions with Saudi Arabia and other Sunni states, and, asserting Hamas’s relevance, but also attempting to traumatize Israeli Jews and to take away their ability enjoy life.

BierceAmbrose | January 3, 2024 at 9:09 pm

“Billion$” is a bit intellectual. I’m so old, I remember US anti-war folks accounting missiles and aircraft carries in units of textbooks.

What’s Lebanon territory known for that it could produce? Vacation resorts? Cedar forests (from ancient scriptures.) Spices?

“That’s a 375 college-education tunnel, right there. Not counting the arms stored, at about 1 working farm each.”

Tunnel networks dont seem useful except to store light arms and ammo. Limited strategic value. Tunnels actually trap the people who are sheltering in them. IDF will not doubt become experts at “tunnel warfare” and develop new tactics, like how to suck the oxygen out of tunnels.

I read the IDF is flooding the tunnels in Gaza with high pressure pumps from the Mediterranean. Same can be done in Lebanon.