JERUSALEM | Israeli operation targets Hezbollah cross-border tunnels

JERUSALEM | Israeli operation targets Hezbollah cross-border tunnels

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military launched an open-ended operation Tuesday to destroy what it said was a network of attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, saying it had foiled a plot by the Iranian-backed militant group to carry out a deadly infiltration in northern Israel.

Israeli forces did not enter Lebanese territory, and there was no immediate reaction from Hezbollah. But the Israeli announcement threatened to push the bitter enemies closer to an open confrontation for the first time since a bruising 2006 war.

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