A senior Israeli military official said Thursday that the army is “nearing war with Gaza” and would evacuate Israelis living in communities adjacent to the border if necessary, following a major conflagration that saw over 180 rockets fired at southern Israel.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were mobilizing additional troops and aerial defense batteries in the region on Thursday in anticipation of a prolonged escalation that carried with it the threat of a full-blown war.
“We don’t see the end of the escalation. We are closing in on operation in Gaza,” the senior IDF official told Israeli media outlets, speaking on condition of anonymity. “We have more capabilities in our arsenal,” he warned. “We are ready to continue attacking, attacking and attacking. Our strikes deeply affect Hamas, it would be better off returning to the understandings reached after Operation Protective Edge,” he said, referencing the last war fought between the sides in 2014.
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