Head of IDF’s Southern Command meets with commanders in Rafah after Saturday’s deadly blast

IDF Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman met with commanders serving in the southern Gaza city of Rafah earlier today to discuss operational achievements and developments in the offensive against Hamas, the IDF says.

During the meeting, Finkelman referred to the deadly explosion in Rafah a day prior, where eight troops were killed inside a Namer armored combat engineering vehicle.

“We are here after a painful incident that occurred yesterday,” Finkelman says, “we lost fighters and we lost commanders during the attack. These are our best sons.”

Despite the heavy losses, he adds, “Our imperative is to continue moving forward. You are attacking [Hamas’s] Rafah brigade, and we will continue until we defeat it.”

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