Lapid says he sympathizes with Gaza-area residents, force may be used to resume normalcy

Prime Minister Yair Lapid holds an assessment with security officials at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv, amid sweeping Gaza-area road closures due to fears of an attack by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in response to the arrest of its West Bank chief.

“We understand the difficulty experienced by the southern residents, and we share it,” Lapid is quoted by Ynet as saying. “We won’t accept a situation in which terror groups disrupt the residents’ daily lives.”

“We won’t shy away from using force to resume daily routine in the south, and we won’t stop the policy of arresting terror operatives” in the West Bank, he adds.

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