Alma’s following report exposes a new strategic challenge for IDF and Israel. After the Second Lebanon War of 2006, Hezbollah, supported by the North Koreans and the Iranians, established the “Land of the Tunnels”: a project of an “inter-regional” tunnel network of enormous magnitude.
It is not just a local set of tunnels, it is a network consisting of tens of kilometers of inter-regional tunnels that extend and connect Hezbollah’s three strategic areas:
1. Beirut area – Hezbollah’s central headquarters.
2. Bekaa area – Hezbollah’s logistical operational backbone.
3. Southern Lebanon – Hezbollah’s defensive positions.
Furthermore, they link the various sub-zones within southern Lebanon (the first and second lines of defense).
This tunnel allows Hezbollah to mobilize forces from one zone to another out of sight and in relative safety.