Gallant visits northern border, tells troops to keep killing Hezbollah commanders

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

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (left) walks with the acting commander of the 146th Division, Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher, in northern Israel, June 9, 2024. (Shachar Yurman/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant (left) walks with the acting commander of the 146th Division, Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher, in northern Israel, June 9, 2024. (Shachar Yurman/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant held an assessment with military officials on the Lebanon border today, his office says.

The assessment comes amid heightened tensions on the border with daily Hezbollah attacks on northern Israel.

The Defense Ministry says Gallant met with the chief of staff of the Northern Command, Brig. Gen. Sagiv Dahan, the acting commander of the 146th Division, Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher, and the commander of the 300th “Baram” Regional Brigade, Col. Ori Daube.

Gallant was briefed on recent IDF operations in the area and Israel’s efforts to foil Hezbollah’s drone attacks, the ministry says. Tellingly, it does not quote Gallant offering tough warnings about expanding Israel’s military operation should hostilities continue, as has become common as of late.

The minister “emphasized [to the officers] the importance of continuing to eliminate Hezbollah terrorists and commanders,” his office says.

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