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News and updates about Southern Command

IDF launches surprise drill in the south

More than 3500 reservists will be mobilized for an extensive logistical drill in Israel's southern commands.

IDF launches surprise drill in the south

IDF commander: Barel Shmueli fired 7 bullets before he was shot

"There's no such thing as security without casualties," says commander of Gaza border region. "Nothing wrong with open-fire regulations."

IDF commander: Barel Shmueli fired 7 bullets before he was shot

PM: Hamas will receive blows it didn't expect

Netanyahu visits Southern Command as rockets continue to rain down, promises harsh response against Hamas, Islamic Jihad.

PM: Hamas will receive blows it didn't expect

'Terrorists now know we can hit them wherever they hide'

PM holds security meeting with DM Bennett, military leaders at Southern Command headquarters, noting: "The equation has changed."

'Terrorists now know we can hit them wherever they hide'

Netanyahu: We have renewed policy of targeted killings

PM holds security assessment at southern command, warns violent confrontation with Gaza not over.

Netanyahu: We have renewed policy of targeted killings

Rethinking military kitchens

Southern Command completely remodels the base's kitchen, introduces far richer, more varied menu.

Rethinking military kitchens

Gaza terrorists threaten head of Southern Command in video

'Al-Mujahideen Brigades' releases video showing commander responsible for Gaza region in sniper crosshairs, and threatening action.

Gaza terrorists threaten head of Southern Command in videoplayer

'Our mission is not over until we return the soldiers'

Chief of Staff addresses recent challenges faced by Southern Command. 'While Hamas invests in terror, the IDF stands as a defensive shield.'

'Our mission is not over until we return the soldiers'

Officer responsible for losing classified plans imprisoned

IDF imprisons officer for 28 days after a top-secret document detailing IDF war plans against Hamas 'stolen' from Southern Command.

Officer responsible for losing classified plans imprisoned

'Now is the time to hit Hamas'

Brigadier General (res.) Tzvika Fogel says Israel has nothing to gain by pushing off inevitable confrontation with Hamas terrorist group.

'Now is the time to hit Hamas'

Watch: IDF Southern Command simulates terrorist infiltration

The IDF Southern Command in coordination with police and emergency bodies conducted a simulation of various terrorist infiltrations.

Watch: IDF Southern Command simulates terrorist infiltrationplayer

Southern Command: Hamas is ready for the next war

Southern Command chief, Eyal Zamir, at a conference for southern residents explained that Hamas is preparing for the next round of fighting.

Southern Command: Hamas is ready for the next war

President Rivlin visits the Gaza border

President Rivlin reviewed military operations in the Southern Command, and thanked the soldiers for their 'sophistication and power.'

President Reuven Rivlin visits Gaza border

IDF holds surprise drill in the Gaza region

General staff drill to take place in southern region, with residents likely to feel heavy presence of vehicles and jets.

IDF holds surprise drill in the Gaza region

IDF Ups Presence Near Sinai Border

Southern Command deployed in response to heightened tensions between Egypt, Sinai terror groups. 'We don't take risks,' officer explains.

IDF Ups Presence Near Sinai Border Amid Heightened Tensions

IDF Official: We Will Destroy All the Tunnels

The head of the IDF’s Southern Command says Hamas has more terror tunnels and vows that the IDF will destroy them all.

IDF Official: We Will Destroy All the Tunnels

IDF Cmdr. 'Surprised' by Quick Halt to Rocket Fire

The head of the IDF’s Southern Command says he was “surprised” at how quickly the rocket fire from Gaza stopped last week.

IDF Commander 'Surprised' by Quick Halt to Rocket Fire

IDF Not Ruling Out Gaza Ground Offensive

The head of the IDF’s Southern Command says that the option of a ground operation in Gaza remains on the table.

IDF Not Ruling Out Gaza Ground Offensive

Gov't Plays Defense against Gaza Attacks

Cabinet will approve fortification of Gaza Belt communities. Soldier still in serious condition after attack.

Gov't Plays Defense against Gaza Attacks

'It's Not Over Till It's Over', Says IDF Commander

Major General Tal Russo, commander of IDF Southern Command, predicts the latest escalation is far from over.

'It's Not Over Till It's Over', Says IDF Commander

Facing Sinai Terror: Elite Unit's New Commander

The unit was founded two years ago, when the terror threat from Sinai became a pressing problem.

Facing Sinai Terror: Elite Unit Welcomes New Commander

Officer: Egypt 'Works Tirelessly' against Terror

Col. Tal Hermoni: "Terrorists infiltrated under foggy conditions. Attack could have been worse."

Officer: Egyptians 'Working Tirelessly' against Terror

Back to Normal on Southern Border

IDF no longer thinks there is a terrorist on the loose. Two or three terrorists were killed by Golani.

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Fallen IDF Soldier Receives Posthumous Citation

First Sergeant Moshe Naftali, who was killed in a terror attack near Eilat, received a citation from the Head of Southern Command.

Fallen IDF Soldier Receives Posthumous Citation

General: IDF Readying New Tools against Gaza

Southern Command Head Maj. Gen. Russo: Israel's south was the first to feel the brunt of "Arab Spring."

General: IDF Readying New Tools against Gaza

IDF 'Granite' Vehicle Debuts

New field intelligence vehicle – based on a Ford model – is to arrive in the south for tests.

IDF 'Granite' Vehicle Debuts