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PM: Israel faces ‘difficult, complex’ battle

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that “up until now, the campaign is progressing as planned, but we anticipate further stages,” and says “a difficult, complex battle ahead of us,” but does not elaborate.

“Until now, we hit Hamas and the terrorists hard, and as long as the operation continues, we will deepen our strikes,” he says, following a few hour-long security cabinet meeting.

The prime minister thanks the IDF, Shin Bet, and all branches of the security forces for “making every effort to avoid harming civilians, and if innocent people are harmed it is because Hamas deliberately hides behind Palestinian civilians,” he says.

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