4 January 2009
Summary of Overnight Activity
The IDF operation continued overnight (Jan.3), with large infantry, tank, engineering, artillery and intelligence forces operating throughout the Gaza Strip, along with the assistance of the Israel Air Force and the Israel Navy.
During exchanges of fire overnight (Jan.3), dozens of armed Hamas operatives were hit by the IDF. IAF planes struck over 45 targets including tunnels, weapons storage facilities, mortar shell launching squads, and a number of mortar shell launching sites.
Israel Navy boats assisted the ground forces and attacked a number of targets including the Hamas intelligence headquarters in Gaza City, rocket launching areas, and Hamas marine force outposts.
An IDF officer and an IDF soldier were severely wounded during the night. The families of the injured officer and soldier have been notified.
In addition, 28 other soldiers were injured moderately and lightly. The soldiers received initial medical treatment at the scene and were transported to the hospital for further treatment.
The IDF will continue to operate against the Hamas terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip according to plan, in order to reduce the rocket fire on the south of Israel.