IDF Southern Command chief holds assessment in central Gaza corridor

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

The chief of the IDF Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, meets with troops in central Gaza, April 19, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
The chief of the IDF Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, meets with troops in central Gaza, April 19, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

Yesterday, the chief of the IDF Southern Command held an assessment in the central Gaza Strip corridor, where the Nahal Brigade is operating, the military announces.

Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman met with the commander of the 162nd Division, Brig. Gen. Itzik Cohen, to “discuss the continuation of the fighting in the area,” the IDF says.

The so-called Netzarim corridor, built as a road south of Gaza City and north of Nuseirat, enables the IDF to carry out raids in northern and central Gaza while allowing Israel to control access to the north for Palestinians seeking to return after fleeing south.

The army says Nahal troops have carried out dozens of raids in the corridor, killing numerous gunmen and directing airstrikes.

Nahal is due to be replaced in the Netzarim corridor by a reserve brigade, to allow all of the division’s forces to prepare for future operations, including planned offensives in Rafah and central Gaza.

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