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Kohavi: Strikes on Hamas and PIJ members to continue, troops to be bolstered at Gaza border

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi speaks at a ceremony in the military's Kirya headquarters in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi speaks at a ceremony in the military's Kirya headquarters in Tel Aviv on June 18, 2020. (Israel Defense Forces)

Army chief Aviv Kohavi orders the military to continue its strikes on rocket production facilities in Gaza controlled by the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror groups, as well as other targets in the Strip, the Israel Defense Forces says.

IDF Chief of Staff Kohavi also gives the IDF a green light to strike Hamas and PIJ members operating in Gaza, the military says.

“The chief of staff said the IDF will continue to act determinedly in order to return security to residents of the south and all headquarters should prepare for a wider conflict, which has no time limit,” the IDF says.

Soldiers from the IDF’s Golani Infantry Brigade and 7th Armored Brigade are also sent to the Gaza border as reinforcements and additional troops are called in to aerial defense, intelligence and air force units, the military says.

In light of the situation, Kohavi also postpones a major IDF exercise planned for this month until at least the middle of next week.

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