Long wary of publicity around its operations against Iran-linked targets on its northern front, Israel has lifted the veil in recent days - a sign of confidence in a campaign waged amid occasional tensions with Syria's big-power backer, Russia.
It reached a few dozen metres into Israel, and at 55 metres under the ground was the deepest as well as "the longest and most detailed" of all the tunnels the army exposed, Conricus said. It has been clear about preventing the build-up of Iranian proxy forces near the Israeli occupied Golan Heights and the transfer of sophisticated missiles and equipment to the Tehran-backed Hezbollah.
The Army reiterated that it held Lebanon responsible for all activities that took place in its territory and thanked the residents of Israel's north for helping it achieve the operation's goals.
The tunnel will now be destroyed.
Ties between Israel and Lebanon further deteriorated after the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield in early December 2018, destroying suspected Hezbollah tunnels used to funnel militants and arms across the Israel-Lebanon border.
Benjamin Netanyahu has revealed today that Israel had carried out an air strike on Iranian weapons in Syria on Friday, in a rare public confirmation of such attacks.
UNIFIL, the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon, was informed of the latest tunnel, Conricus said. The tunnel wasn't operational or a threat to Israel's citizens, Israel's military says. In tandem we'll seize a number of locations in Lebanese territory from which Hezbollah digs tunnels that have not yet crossed into Israel. "We'll remain fully in the north despite the operation's completion in order to work in the region".
But with that civil war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.
Netanyahu also cited the Israeli military's assessment that it has completed its search-and-destroy mission against Hezbollah attack tunnels.
Israeli analysts see the operation as one of Eisenkot's important achievements.
The powerful Shiite Hezbollah group, which acts independently in Lebanon, has yet to comment on the tunnels.