16 Jan 2009
Summary of IDF Operations as of 22:0
Today (Jan. 16), IDF forces operating in the northern Gaza Strip uncovered a house rigged with explosives. The building was detonated in a controlled manner with the assistance of combat engineering forces.
A Paratroopers force identified a squad of gunmen armed with anti-tank weapons and guided the IAF, which enabled a strike to occur. In another incident, ground forces fired at a cell armed with mortar shells.
Since this afternoon (Jam. 16), the IAF targeted over 25 Hamas targets in Gaza, including:
- Two launchers used to fire rockets at Ashdod and Qiryat Gat
- Three bunkers containing weapons and rockets
- Seven groups of gunmen
- A tent with Hamas operatives and weapons inside
- Additional strikes in support of ground operations
Over 20 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip and hit Israel. Among the cities hit were Ashdod and Qiryat Gat. Five civilians were reported wounded.