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IDF officer says Gaza-area closures will last ‘as long as necessary’

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

Brig. Gen. Nimrod Aloni issues a statement near the border with the Gaza Strip, August 4, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Brig. Gen. Nimrod Aloni issues a statement near the border with the Gaza Strip, August 4, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

The chief of the military’s Gaza Division tells residents of towns near the Gaza Strip that the road closures in the area will last “as long as necessary.”

“Forces of the Gaza Division have been on high alert in recent days. We have detected Islamic Jihad intentions to commit attacks against residents and soldiers, and therefore we have placed checkpoints throughout the area,” says Brig. Gen. Nimrod Aloni, in a video published by the Israel Defense Forces.

“The roadblocks will continue as long as necessary. The safety of the residents comes first,” Aloni says.

He adds that his division has been bolstered with troops in recent days, in case of a potential escalation.

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