In Rafah, Halevi says dismantling Hamas battalions in southern Gaza city is a top priority

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

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (center) meets with officers in southern Gaza's Rafah, May 29, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi (center) meets with officers in southern Gaza's Rafah, May 29, 2024. (Israel Defense Forces)

IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi held an assessment in southern Gaza’s Rafah today, saying that dismantling Hamas’s battalions there is a top priority for the country.

“We are here for several reasons. Firstly, this is the last [Hamas] Brigade left with full capabilities, so we want to dismantle the Rafah Brigade,” Halevi says.

He says that dismantling Hamas’s battalions is a “national mission of the State of Israel.”

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