Photo Credit: Ariel Hermoni / Israel Ministry of Defense
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in a visit with IDF soldiers and commanders in Gaza. March 13, 2024

There is no safe haven for terrorists in Gaza, be it above or below ground, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Wednesday during a visit in western section of Gaza City with the soldiers of Division 162 under the command of Brigadier General Itzik Cohen.

Gallant also held an operational situation assessment during the visit together with Nahal Brigade Commander Colonel Yair Zuckerman and Brigade 401 Commander Colonel Benny Aharon.


“Our forces reach every location and we can conclude that there is no safe haven for terrorists in Gaza,” Gallant said.

“Even those who think we are delayed, will soon see that we will reach every location [necessary].

“We will bring to justice anyone who was involved in the events [massacre conducted] on October 7th,” Gallant pledged.

“We will either eliminate them [the terrorists] or bring them to trial in Israel. There is no safe haven: not here, not outside of Gaza, not across the Middle East. We will bring them to justice,” he promised.

Gallant also inspected work bein carried out in preparation for a maritime corridor to be used to facilitate entry of humanitarian aid to Gaza from the sea.

“The humanitarian element that will soon be addressed with the expected arrival of the vessels [carrying aid], is a central issue that will facilitate the delivery of supplies to civilians and not to Hamas,” Gallant said.

“Every action of this kind, weakens Hamas and strengthens us, and improves our ability to continue fighting.”

It is still not clear who will distribute the aid once it arrives from Cyprus, nor exactly how it will be delivered to civilians without Hamas being able to steal it.

Also on Wednesday, IDF soldiers spotted two suspects in diving gear entering the sea in northern Gaza.

Israeli Navy vessels tracked the two divers and fired warning shots to deter them from moving further north towards Israel.

Both suspects fled back to the Gaza coast, the IDF said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.