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Cabinet gives approval for IDF troops to help enforce virus restrictions

The cabinet approves the deployment of some 700 mostly unarmed IDF soldiers to Israel Police districts across the country to help officers enforce the government’s partial lockdown.

According to Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s office, the troops will conduct patrols with police officers. The soldiers will not carry weapons, except for commanding officers and those serving in West Bank settlements.

Erdan’s office says additional IDF soldiers may be deployed if the lockdown becomes more strict.

— Judah Ari Gross

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