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IDF Aims to Deescalate Tensions Along Gaza Border

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:57:06 +0000

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- A Israeli Defense Forces spokesman held a Thursday briefing to highlight its efforts to deescalate tensions along the Gaza border.

The IDF says it hopes to return a sense of security to Israeli communities in the southern part of the country. The IDF said Thursday that it has no interest in an escalation that would lead to military confrontation with Hamas. However, while deescalation is the goal, they remain prepared to respond if similar efforts aren't undertaken by Hamas.

While the number of Israeli troops at the Gaza border has been increased in recent days, all of those troops remain in a defensive stance.

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