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In order to fight comprehensively against the smuggling of weapons into the Palestinian territories, Israel needs to embark on a full-scale operation in the Gaza Strip, IDF officials said on Friday morning.
Army Radio reported that the officials also advocated sending IDF troops into the heart of Rafah.
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Former OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. (res.) Doron Almog said that a military incursion would not suffice. "There is a need for a permanent IDF presence in the area," he said.
Almog went on to say that the nature of the weapons smuggling was at an advanced stage and that the IDF operation had to lessen the extent of the activity as much as possible.
"In order to meaningfully reduce the smuggling, we cannot rely solely on one operation or even a string of operations - we need a physical presence there," Almog stressed.
The former Southern Command chief said that if the IDF had not withdrawn from the Gaza Strip, the security situation in the region would be vastly superior.