Israeli Defense Min. Gantz: War between Israel and Hamas 'can resume at any time'

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks during a press conference presenting new reforms for Rehabilitation Department, at the Defense Headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 22, 2021.
Tomer Neuberg/Flash90Defense Minister Benny Gantz speaks during a press conference presenting new reforms for Rehabilitation Department, at the Defense Headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 22, 2021.

'I absolutely do not recommend Hamas to test the military capabilities of the IDF'

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Israel's Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Sunday evening that fighting between Israel and terrorist factions in the Gaza Strip could resume "at any time."

"Gaza is a very sensitive place. We know that a strategic incident can quickly lead to a deterioration of the situation," he said on Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 13.

"We are, of course, ready to act. We identify dozens of targets, we have already spotted hundreds. I absolutely do not recommend Hamas to test the military capabilities of the IDF," he warned.

For more than a week, incendiary balloons have been sent from Gaza towards Israel, causing fires in the south. 

The IDF has retaliated by targeting rocket launchers and Hamas weapons infrastructure in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Khaled Mashaal, one of Hamas' leaders, denies that there has been any breakthrough in negotiations with Israel on a prisoner exchange deal.

Mashaal said, "the issue has been debated for years and there is no significant progress." 

Hamas holds the remains of two soldiers who fell in action in 2014 as well as two Israeli hostages.

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