Summary of IDF Operations as of 16:30, 16 Jan 2009, 17:30 IST

January 16th, 2009

Summary of IDF Operations as of 16:30

115,000 liters of fuel and 109 humanitarian aid trucks passed into the Gaza Strip today.

IDF ground forces operating in the Gaza strip reported hitting at least 20 armed gunmen throughout the day.

In one incident today, a joint combat engineering and tank force uncovered a tunnel containing weaponry and explosive devices. The tunnel was detonated in a controlled manner. A second reported incident included an infantry force from the Golani Brigade identifying a number of armed gunmen planting an explosive device. The force fired at the gunmen. In a third incident, a reserve infantry force identified a squad of gunmen approaching and fired at them.

The IAF attacked approx. 25 Hamas terrorist sites today, including:
*Two smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip used for smuggling weaponry.
*13 rocket launching sites
*Six squads of armed gunmen
*Five targets directed by ground forces
*A building with Hamas terror operatives inside

Over 15 rockets and mortars fired from the Gaza Strip hit the Israel. Amongst the cities hit were Ashdod and Qiryat Gat, where five civilians were reported wounded, one of them seriously.

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