IDF Activity in Rafah to Uncover Weapon Smuggling Tunnels
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)
Weapons smuggling tunnel uncovered in Rafah
As part of the ongoing war against terror and its infrastructure, IDF infantry, armor, and engineering forces began operating last night in the city of Rafah, near the Israel-Egypt border, to uncover weapon smuggling tunnels and arrest wanted Palestinians.
IDF forces took up positions in the city and carried out searches of buildings suspected of concealing weapon smuggling tunnels. It should be noted that such tunnels are mainly hidden in the houses of Palestinian residents.
During the operation, an exchange of fire erupted, in which an IDF soldier was wounded. The wounded soldier received first aid on the scene, and was transported to a hospital for further treatment. In addition, during the operation, terrorists detonated dozens of explosives, hurled dozens of grenades, fired anti-tank missiles, and shot a number of times at IDF forces from buildings in the area.
Since the beginning of the current armed conflict, the city of Rafah has been used a focal point for the smuggling of weapons to the Gaza Strip, and has been the site of dozens of daily events involving explosive devices. Since the beginning of the year, IDF forces have uncovered some 30 weapon smuggling tunnels along the Israel-Egypt border. Since the beginning of the current armed conflict, IDF forces have discovered some 70 weapon smuggling tunnels.
IDF forces will do their utmost to avoid causing harm to innocent Palestinian residents not involved in terror.
||Background Material: Rafah Weapon Smuggling Tunnels – IDF Spokesman, Oct 10, 2003|