Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen reviews an honor guard in Naqoura, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Israel complained to European countries Wednesday that their UNIFIL contingents need to do more to rein in Hezbollah, after Washington reportedly rejected the Jewish state's request for sanctions against Lebanon.Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Washington rejected Israel's equating Lebanon with Hezbollah, saying that the latter is strictly the problem.Israel claims that Hezbollah has dug tunnels to infiltrate northern Israel in a future conflict.Separately, an Israeli military delegation briefed Russian defense officials in Moscow on the operation recently launched to block the alleged Hezbollah tunnels.The UNIFIL commander explained the force's role in the peace process between Lebanon and Israel during the meeting, the state-run National News Agency reported.Del Col also underscored UNIFIL's vital role in implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which was adopted in 2006 to end Israel's July War against Hezbollah.
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