ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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IDF spokesperson says military has regained control of all Gaza border towns but terrorists may remain

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

The Israel Defense Forces’ top spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, says Israeli troops have regained control of all towns on the Gaza border.

He says incidents of clashes between troops and Palestinian terrorists in the last few hours have been “isolated.”

Hagari says that in the Shaar Hanegev Regional Council three terrorists were killed by troops; in Be’eri one was killed; in Holit and Sufa five were killed; and in Alumim four were killed.

He says that currently, there is no fighting in any of the towns.

“It is possible there are still terrorists in the area,” Hagari says.

Hagari says breaches of the Gaza border barrier will be physically secured by tanks, which will be supported by combat helicopters and drones.

He says the army has evacuated 15 out of 24 towns on the border, and will continue to evacuate the others in the coming day. Sderot will not be evacuated at this stage, he says.

Hagari says some 4,400 rockets have been launched toward Israel since the fighting started on Saturday morning.

Regarding the draft of reservists, Hagari says the IDF “has never mobilized so many reservists so quickly — 300,000 reservists in 48 hours.”

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