Gallant: IDF troops withdrawn from Khan Younis to prepare for Rafah operation

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

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant during an assessment at IDF Southern Command, April 7, 2024. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant during an assessment at IDF Southern Command, April 7, 2024. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says Israeli troops were withdrawn from the Khan Younis area of southern Gaza to prepare for the expected offensive in Rafah.

“The forces came out [of Gaza] and are preparing for their future missions, we saw examples of such missions in action at Shifa [Hospital], and also for their future mission in the Rafah area,” Gallant says following an assessment at the IDF Southern Command.

“We will reach a situation where Hamas does not control the Gaza Strip and where it does not function as a military framework that poses a risk to the citizens of the State of Israel,” he adds.

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