January 12th, 2009
S ummary of Midday Events
Since this morning IDF forces, including infantry, tanks, combat engineers, artillery, and intelligence, continued to operate against Hamas terrorist infrastructure throughout the Gaza Strip.
Ground forces were involved in a number of incidents in which several armed gunmen were hit.
A squad of terror operatives opened fire at ground forces from a mosque. The forces directed aerial forces that attacked the squad, and then searched the mosque, uncovering Qassam rockets and mortar shells.
In a different incident a force identified a number of armed gunmen and opened fire at them. The force later searched the area and uncovered a large amount of weaponry including anti aircraft missiles, mortar shells and machine guns.
In addition forces uncovered a tunnel and destroyed it while searching a house in the northern Gaza Strip. Another force identified a terror operative planting an explosive device and opened fire at him.
IAF aircraft attacked over 25 targets throughout the Gaza Strip, including the following:
Eight squads of armed gunmen
Two mortar launchers
Four launching area
Two vehicles in which Hamas terror operatives were driving
Different targets as assistance to ground forces
165 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid are now being transferred via the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings.