IDF chief meets with commanders of the 99th Infantry Division in Gaza

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (right) meets with Brig. Gen. Barak Hiram (left) the commander of the 99th Division in the Gaza Strip in this photo published on January 19, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (right) meets with Brig. Gen. Barak Hiram (left) the commander of the 99th Division in the Gaza Strip in this photo published on January 19, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi held a situational assessment with commanders of the 99th Division inside the Gaza Strip, the IDF says in a statement.

During the meeting, Halevi told the commanders that he understood the difficulties faced by reserve soldiers, who were pulled from their everyday lives at the start of the war.

“The tension between the battlefield and the home for reservists is understandable,” he said. “We’re following a plan, releasing some people while knowing that we will call them in again.”

During the situational assessment, Halevi met with the commander of the IDF’s Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman and the head of the 99th Division Brig. Gen. Barak Hiram, as well as the head of the Personnel Directorate, Maj. Gen. Yaniv Asor, the IDF says.

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