Watch: The Mood in Metulla as IDF‘s anti-tunnel operation is well underway

Operation Northern Shield, which was launched to expose and destroy Hezbollah tunnels along the border fence with Lebanon, is expected to continue for several weeks and the state of high alert in the North will continue, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday.

Presently, the IDF estimates that the operations will remain in Israeli territory.

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The work is being carried out by the IDF‘s engineering forces and fighters from the Yahalom unit, an engineering unit designated for special missions, using heavy engineering machines and other technologies.

The territory by the northern border, unlike the South where Hamas tunnels are located, is rocky, and the IDF‘s engineering work to uncover and neutralize the tunnels is complex. For example, the first exposed tunnel was some 25 meters deep, and its complete destruction requires many days.

Video taken by The Jerusalem Post will show that the mood in Metulla, the Israeli city closest to this operation, is very solemn indeed.

Citizens in the area wholeheartedly support the IDF‘s anti-tunnel operation and can be shown bringing food to the IDF soldiers, as well as giving comment to the affection of their daily lives.

While the mood remains solemn, the Israeli inhabitors of the region are positive that everything is under control, and are assured with the IDF‘s presence that they are being taken care of. Watch the video to learn more:

Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.

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