IDF chief visits troops in Gaza City’s Shejaiya after deadly ambush this week

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi visits troops of the Golani Brigade in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, December 14, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi visits troops of the Golani Brigade in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, December 14, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi visits troops of the Golani Brigade in Gaza City’s Shejaiya neighborhood, after a deadly ambush in the area earlier this week, during which nine soldiers were killed, including two senior commanders.

“Remember you are fighting now in Shejaiya, [in] Zeitoun hard battles, [in] dense [urban] areas. Behind you is Nahal Oz [and] Kfar Aza, these are areas that suffered very, very severe attacks,” Halevi says, referring to Hamas’s massacres on October 7 in the Israeli border communities.

“We need, as you do, to carry out very determined, very, very thorough [operations] so that we can return Nahal Oz and Kfar Aza to a very high level of security,” he adds.

The IDF says Halevi held an assessment with the commander of the 36th Division, Brig. Gen. Dado Bar Kalifa, and head of the Golani Brigade, Col. Yair Palai during his visit to Shejaiya.

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