Gallant with soldiers near Gaza
Gallant with soldiers near GazaAriel Hermoni/Defense Ministry

Today (Wednesday) Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant visited the troops of the 36th Brigade, which are deployed to the Gaza border. Minister Gallant held an operational assessment of the situation, and was briefed on the troops’ preparations for ongoing ground operations. He was also briefed on the troops’ achievements in eliminating terrorist cells and infrastructure.

The briefing was attended by Deputy Chief of the General Staff Maj. Gen. Amir Baram, Maj. Gen. Itai Veruv, Commander of the 36th Brigade Brig. Gen. Dado Bar Kalifa, Big. Gen. Ofer Winter and additional senior officials.

During his visit, Gallant stated: “Today I met IDF soldiers along the Gaza border, I heard their reports and am impressed with their activities. Our operations are forceful and effective in achieving their targets, as a result of the coordination between our ground, aerial and naval forces.”

“I would like to commend our troops for their important achievements in the field – striking terrorists of all ranks – from those fighting on the ground and all the way up to their commanders. IDF activities are exposing tunnels, forcing terrorists to exit these tunnels, and dealing them heavy blows,” the Minister of Defense said.

Acknowledging the loss of 15 soldiers who have fallen in battle so far, Gallant said: “Unfortunately, there is also a price paid [loss] on our side, as with every battle. We will carry on with full force. I wish to express my appreciation to all our troops – from the IDF Chief of the General Staff, to our soldiers on the field.”