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Gantz talks Gaza tensions with UN envoy, urges ‘immediate cessation of violence’

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz (R) meets with United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland on April 26, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Benny Gantz (R) meets with United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland on April 26, 2021. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)

Defense Minister Benny Gantz meets with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Wennesland — a major intermediary between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip — regarding the escalating violence from the Palestinian enclave, his office says.

“I expressed the urgency of the immediate cessation of violence from Gaza and reiterated Israel’s unyielding commitment to protecting its citizens and sovereignty,” Gantz says in a statement.

Over the past three nights, terrorists in the Strip have fired some 45 rockets at southern Israel, causing damage to several Israeli communities near the border. In response, the IDF has conducted a limited number of airstrikes on sites controlled by the Hamas terror group, which rules the enclave, and barred Palestinians from fishing off the Gaza coast.

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