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Gantz meets with military, security officials as hunt underway for terrorists

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

Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at a conference at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, on February 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks at a conference at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, on February 21, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is currently holding a meeting with top military and security officials on the manhunt for the terrorists who are believed to have carried out the murders in Elad on Thursday, his office says.

The closures of the crossings with the West Bank and Gaza Strip are also being discussed.

The closure was supposed to end on Thursday night after Independence Day, but due to the deadly terror attack in Elad, Gantz decided that it will continue until Sunday, at the earliest.

Military chief Aviv Kohavi, Shin Bet security agency head Ronen Bar, and other top IDF commanders and ministry officials are taking part in the meeting.

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