IDF Southern Command chief says coming ground offensive will be ‘long and intense’

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

File: Head of the IDF Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, speaks to troops near the Gaza border, October 19, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
File: Head of the IDF Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, speaks to troops near the Gaza border, October 19, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

The head of the IDF Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Yaron Finkelman, says the expected ground offensive in the Gaza Strip will be “long and intense.”

“This war was forced on us, with a cruel enemy that harmed us greatly. But we stopped them… we are striking them heavily,” Finkelman says to troops near the Gaza border today.

“Now, the maneuver is going to move the fighting to their territory. We are going to beat them in their territory,” he says. “It’s going to be difficult, long and intense.”

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