For the First Time Since Cast Lead, IDF Strikes Hamas Targets in the Gaza Strip
21 December 2010 , 15:13
Hamas Headquarters in the Gaza Strip
Targets housing Hamas operatives were struck by the IDF for the first time since Operation Cast Lead. Archive Photo: IDF Spokesperson
The past year has seen 112 attacks executed against IDF forces and 60 terrorists were killed. Archive Photo: Ori Shifrin, IDF Spokesperson
According to IDF Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, the situation in the Gaza Strip is very fragile with increased activity from terrorist operatives over the past few days as well as increased activity of the IDF

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"The situation in the south is fragile and explosive. Most of the terrorist activity is directed toward IDF activity along the security fence. The past year has seen 112 attacks executed against IDF forces and 60 terrorists were killed, said Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, on Tuesday morning (Dec. 21) during a security briefing to the Knessets Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

The Chief of Staff discussed the intense operations carried out by the IDF in the Gaza Strip in the past few days, in response to Terrorists decision to intensify their activity. We operate only tens or hundreds of meters away from the fence, to prevent them from reaching Israeli communities.
According to him, though the IDF has targeted terror-sites of organizations like the Islamic Jihad, this was the first time the army has struck targets housing Hamas operatives since Operation Cast Lead.

Discussing the situation in Lebanon, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi also added that Tension prevails in preparation for the publication of indictments against those accused of the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Al-Hariri. Regarding Iran, he said, The Iranian nuclear project continues to develop, despite difficulties from different directions. They were surprised by the international sanctions against them, including those of China and Russia.

The Chief of Staff also announced a decrease in the number of people entering Israel illegally from the Egyptian border as of December. Over the past year, 13,350 people entered Israel illegally. The fence will be a difficult hurdle to cross but won't stop infiltration altogether. We are building three sections. We just added Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, 'Humvees' and night vision systems [in the area]. However, he stressed that, The solution for illegal infiltrators lies in legislative changes that would allow Israel to send people back to their home countries.