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Gantz orders ‘various measures’ to return Gaza-area communities to ‘full normalcy’

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

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (center) meets top military and security officials at the Defense Ministry offices in Tel Aviv, August 4, 2022. (Nicole Laskavi/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (center) meets top military and security officials at the Defense Ministry offices in Tel Aviv, August 4, 2022. (Nicole Laskavi/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz instructs security officials to prepare “various civilian and military measures” in order to remove the threat of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack on the Gaza border.

According to Gantz’s office, during a meeting with top military and security officials, he has also instructed the security establishment to assist residents of towns along the border, some of which are locked down entirely due to movement restrictions, and to continue to assess the situation so that southern Israel can return to “full normalcy.”

“The defense minister emphasized that all operational activity in all areas will continue,” his office says.

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