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IDF chief: Fighting in Gaza will continue for at least two more days

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

IDF Chief of staff Aviv Kohavi at a May 16, 2021 press conference (Screenshot)
IDF Chief of staff Aviv Kohavi at a May 16, 2021 press conference (Screenshot)

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi tells the heads of local governments around the Gaza Strip that the fighting in the enclave will continue for at least the next two days, but will continue “as long as it must.”

“Hamas made a mistake when it conducted that launch eight days ago toward Jerusalem. They didn’t think what happened would happen,” Kohavi says.

“Hamas was surprised by our power and techniques and our achievements. They are being struck very hard. The operation will continue as long as it must,” the army chief says.

An hour ago, a diplomatic source familiar with Egypt’s negotiations to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza told ToI that “we’re close” and that it should be reached in “two days maximum.”

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