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Israel tags Hamas as 'real enemy' of Gazans as Qatari aid remains cut off

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tours the border with Gaza; Israel continues to seek guarantees that Hamas will not use money Qatar has targeted for poor Gazans for military activities.
Palestinian security forces stand on guard as a truck carrying the first arriving shipment of doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus disease arrives on the Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom border crossing south of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Feb. 17, 2021.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benny Gantz toured the environs of the Israel-Gaza border Aug. 17. They met with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers serving in that sector, visited the Gaza border division's command room and toured the Iron Dome missile defense system located nearby. The tour took place a day after Israel’s southern town of Sderot was targeted by two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip — the first incident of its kind since the May 10-21 conflict. One rocket was intercepted by the Iron Dome system; the other did not cross into Israel.

"The purpose of this tour was to see that the IDF, Southern Command and the Gaza Division are prepared, and they are. Our mission is to provide long-term security to the citizens of the south and along the Gazan border. We will act at the time, place and conditions that we see fit," said Bennett.

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