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Defense Minister Yoav Gallant

Israeli Defense Chief Warns Operation in Rafah Will Intensify As Commando Unit Is Deployed

Israel’s defense minister warned that the battles in Rafah will intensify and more troops will be deployed after a commando unit entered the city in southern Gaza.

Speaking to troops stationed along the Gaza border, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the IDF has already decimated parts of Hamas’ infrastructure in the outskirts of Rafah, with the military focusing on taking out the terror group for good.

“This operation will continue with additional forces that will enter [Rafah],” Gallant said in a statement. “Several tunnels in the area have been destroyed by our forces and more tunnels will be destroyed soon. “This operation will intensify, and Hamas is not an organization that can regenerate itself now,” Gallant added.

“It has no reserves, it has no ability to manufacture weapons, it has no supplies, it has no munitions, it has no ability to properly treat terrorists who are injured, and this means that we are wearing it down.”

To accomplish that goal, the IDF deployed members of its Commando Brigade Wednesday night, May 15, to join the 162nd Division and 401st brigade, which had already eliminated “several terrorist squads” stationed in eastern Rafah, according to the Israeli military. The reinvigorated forces in Rafah have now taken down several rocket launchers with long-range capabilities on Thursday, the IDF said. (NYP / VFI News)

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