IDF’s Halevi: We’re trying to make amends for shortcomings

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

IDF chief of staff Herzi Halevi says the IDF is working to allow civilians to return to their homes in border communities in the north and south as soon as possible.

“We know we will need more forces on the border, better abilities… This is what we will do,” he says.

“We will do everything to amend what was harmed. For the murdered, it’s too late. But for the living, for the continued living in Israel, these amends are necessary,” he says.

Responding to a question on the well-being of the hostages, Halevi says the IDF is working constantly to find out information on the hostages.

“We don’t have full information of course. We are working to release them, and not to harm them,” he says.

“Regarding the female hostages, we have great concern for everyone who is held by Hamas. And we know why we are worried,” he adds, in an apparent reference to claims of sexual violence against those being held in Gaza.

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