Eight days after the deadly terror attacks in southern Israel, IDF Chief of Staff Major-General Benny Gantz on Friday patrolled along the Israel-Egypt border and was briefed about the threats and preparedness of military forces in the area.
"The IDF is acting determinately to thwart any attempts to harm the residents of the south," said Gantz.
The chief of staff was accompanied by GOC Southern Command Major-General Tal Russo, Gaza Division commander Brigadier-General Yossi Bachar and Southern Brigade Commander Colonel Tal Hermoni.
"Israeli residents living near the border are trusting in us to protect them," Gantz told the soldiers, adding that "terror organizations in Gaza are exploiting the situation in Sinai in order to carry out attacks at the border with Israel.
The chief of staff added that the peace with Egypt "has great strategic value."
After his visit to the border, Gantz met with Eshkol Regional Council head Haim Yalin and told him that the IDF "appreciates the support of residents.
"The residents' robustness enables the IDF to act against those who seek to harm us," Gantz added.
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