12 January 2009
Summary of IDF Operations Today
During Monday’s (Jan. 12) operations, IDF forces uncovered a tunnel built to permit terrorists to enter Israel and carry out a large scale terror attack. The entrance to the tunnel was in a house located 300 meters from the security fence.
120 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid entered the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings. These trucks carried 3,100 tons of food, medical equipment, and other basic supplies.
Since the start of Operation Cast Lead, approximately 920 trucks of humanitarian aid and over 1,000,000 liters of diesel fuel were transferred to the Gaza Strip
IDF Ground Forces hit a number of armed gunmen in different incidents:
IDF forces hit a female terrorist who was about to carry out an attack against the forces.
Other forces uncovered a house rigged with explosives in the East of Gaza city. The house was detonated in a controlled manner.
Armored Corps forces identified a squad of armed gunmen launching mortar shells at IDF forces, and responded with fire, hitting the squad.
Ground Forces directed the IAF in attacking squads of armed gunmen in a number of clashes.
The IAF targeted over 60 Hamas terrorist sites in Gaza throughout Monday (Jan. 12), including:
Over 20 smuggling tunnels along the Rafah border.
9 squads of armed gunmen
2 mortar launchers
9rocket launching sites
Approximately 20 rockets and mortar shells were launched into Israel today; two rockets directly hit houses in Ashkelon and Sderot, causing severe damage.
In addition, one IDF soldier was lightly wounded in the fighting today.