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Visiting Gaza border area, IDF chief orders increased readiness for potential Islamic Jihad attack

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

IDF chief Aviv Kohavi (right) speaks with Nimrod Aloni, chief of the Gaza Division, near the border with the Gaza Strip, August 4, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
IDF chief Aviv Kohavi (right) speaks with Nimrod Aloni, chief of the Gaza Division, near the border with the Gaza Strip, August 4, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israel Defense Forces chief Aviv Kohavi has instructed staff to increase the military’s readiness for an escalation, strengthen defenses, and increase intelligence efforts, during his visit to the Gaza Division earlier today.

According to the IDF, Kohavi has also approved plans for offensive actions in the event of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad attack on the border, expected in response to Israel’s arrest of a senior member of the terror group earlier this week in the West Bank.

Kohavi is presented with an intelligence assessment of the situation along the Gaza Border, as well as how tanks and artillery units are preparing in the area.

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