ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 144

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Gallant: Fate of Hamas gunmen in south Gaza will be ‘same and worse’ as in north

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant observes the northern Gaza Strip from the border, December 4, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant observes the northern Gaza Strip from the border, December 4, 2023. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Observing the northern Gaza Strip’s city of Jabaliya and Shejaiya neighborhood from the Israeli border, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says IDF troops will remain there until Hamas’s infrastructure is completely destroyed, and threatens the terror group in southern Gaza.

“Golani troops have returned to Shejaiya to ‘close a circle.’ This time they will not leave it until all the terror infrastructure located there is eliminated,” Gallant says, referring to a difficult battle led by the brigade in the Gaza City neighborhood in 2014.

“The army is working at its best, the chief of staff is managing things fearlessly and with great success. This action that is happening now, in the north of the Gaza Strip, will soon lead to shattering [Hamas in] the entire area of ​​Gaza City and the north of the Gaza Strip,” he says.

“At the same time, the IDF has begun to work in the south of the Gaza Strip. The fate of the terrorists in the Hamas battalions there will be the same as those in the north and worse,” Gallant warns. “We will continue until victory and until all goals are achieved: the elimination of Hamas and the return of the hostages to Israel.”

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