Jan. 1st, 2009
Summary of Overnight Events
Israeli air and naval forces attacked some 20 Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip during late night and early morning hours.
Among the sites targeted by the IAF:
· The buildings housing Hamas’ Ministry of Justice and Legislative Assembly, both situated in the Tel El-Hawwa government complex. Hamas Government sites serve as a critical component of the terrorist groups’ infrastructure in Gaza.
· Over five smuggling tunnels along the ‘Philadelphi Route’ used by Hamas to smuggle arms and terrorists in and out of Gaza.
· A weaponry manufacturing and storage facility in central Gaza, under which a tunnel had been dug.
· A command center of Hamas’ police force in Rafah, as a well as a Hamas coastal authority outpost on the shore adjacent to Gaza City.
In addition, the Israel Navy targeted a number of Hamas outposts and rocket launching grounds.
From Thursday the Home Front Command reserve forces trained in search and rescue will begin to be stationed in southern Israel to assist the civilian population.
The IDF will continue to target infrastructure utilized by Hamas and the other terror organizations in Gaza, and will not hesitate to strike those involved both directly and indirectly in attacks against the citizens of the State of Israel.