December 11th, 2007
IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT
Summary of IDF activity in the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours
During the past 24 hours, IDF forces, with the assistance of the Air Force
and in coordination with the ISA, have been operating against terrorist
infrastructure in the southern and northern Gaza Strip. The forces operated
in order to distance the terrorist organizations-particularly Hamas-from the
security fence and in order to prevent Qassam rocket and mortar shell fire
into Israel. During the activity, the IDF identified hitting approximately
During the activity in the northern Gaza Strip that began last night, the
IDF carried out two aerial attacks against armed gunmen that approached the
forces. The IDF identified hitting four armed gunmen, two of whom were
killed. During the operation, IDF forces discovered and destroyed three
Qassam rocket launchers.
At the same time, the IDF undertook an operation against terror
infrastructure in the southern Gaza Strip. In a number of separate
incidents, IDF forces were confronted by armed gunmen in which exchanges of
fire ensued and gunmen fired anti-tank rockets at the forces. The IDF
responded with ground and aerial fire at the gunmen who shot towards them.
In one of the instances, an IDF tank was hit by an anti-tank rocket that
caused light injuries to four of the soldiers. The forces responded with
fire towards the squad of gunmen that fired the anti-tank rocket and
identified hitting three of the gunmen.
Terrorist organizations in Gaza and Hamas in particular, have continuously
been attempting to execute attacks against IDF forces and Israeli civilians,
especially at the vicinity of the security fence that borders Israel. The
IDF will continue to operate in order to distance the terrorist
organizations from the fence and in order to defend the citizens of Israel.