October 20, 2003

IDF anti-terror activity in Gaza
(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

 IDF anti-terror activity in Gaza-Oct 20- 2003
©IDF Spokesman 

 IDF anti-terror activity in Gaza-Oct 20- 2003

Aerial photo of Hamas arms factory
targeted in Gaza (Oct 20, 2003)

Since the beginning of this month, over two dozen Kassam artillery rockets have been fired by Palestinian terrorists at cities in southern Israel.

As the Palestinian Authority is doing nothing to curtail this flagrant terrorism in its midst, Israel was forced to take action to stop these attacks, focusing on legitimate terrorist targets, and carried out in such a way as to reduce as much as possible any harm to the civilian population. IAF helicopters stuck with precision munitions against the following terrorist targets:

  • A Hamas arms factory in the Sajaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City, in which explosives charges and arms were manufactured.
  • A warehouse on the outskirts of Gaza in which weapons and explosives belonging to the Hamas were stockpiled.
  • A pick-up truck transporting two terrorists, Khaled al-Masri and Iyad al-Hilu of the Hamas, who were responsible for the infrastructure manufacturing the Kassam rockets, mortar shells and explosives used in terrorist attacks.
  • A vehicle traveling near Nuseirat, carrying a terrorists fleeing from an intercepted attempt to infiltrate Israel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz and carry out an attack.

    Military surveillance footage shows that no civilians were visible in the target areas at the time of the operation. The footage shows that at least eight terrorists were killed in these pin-point operations, while no civilian casualties were apparent.

     IDF anti-terror activity in Gaza-Oct 20- 2003

     Video footage of strike against terrorist vehicle in Gaza Strip refugee camp – IDF Spokesman, Oct 20, 2003

  • An IAF helicopter identified a terrorist cell attempting to infiltrate the perimeter fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
  • Several members of the terrorist cell fled in a vehicle towards the Nusseirat refugee camp.
  • The vehicle was identified by the IAF. A missile was then launched towards the vehicle. There were no people in close proximity to the vehicle.
  • The vehicle lost control, skidded from its lane, and hit an object that appeared to be a tree.
  • From the impact of the strike, the vehicle reversed, and stopped in the middle of the road. At this stage, another missile was launched towards the vehicle – a minute after the first was launched. Only two and a half minutes later did a crowd begin to amass. (Around the vehicle there appeared to be three people – it is not clear if they were members of the terrorist cell or others).