(Communciated by the IDF Spokesman)

In an Israeli Security Forces activity tonight, Tuesday September 7, 2004, the IAF targeted a training field during trainings of Hamas terrorists.

The targeted location was known as a field used by Hamas terrorists for training in the planting and activating of explosive devices, launching of RPG and Qasam rockets and practicing infiltration into Israeli communities and military posts. The training was led by senior Hamas terrorists who were involved in the carrying out of deadly terror attacks and attempted attacks.

Two weeks ago a unique and powerful explosive device was assembled at the field. The explosive device was to be activated against an Israeli target. Due to what seems to be a technical difficulty the explosive device exploded at the training field killing a well known Hamas terrorist and wounding others.

On Friday, August 27, 2004, a test for the functioning of an explosive belt was conducted at the training field. Few days later, on Tuesday, August 31, 2004, a suicide bomber tried to smuggle the explosive belt through the Erez crossing into Israel in order to carry out a suicide attack inside Israel and was intercepted.

Training for different scenarios, including taking control of a car, were carried out at the training field recently, as a part of the preparation to kidnap Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The IDF is determined to protect Israeli citizens and IDF forces by operating against any group or individual that carries out terrorist activity or supports it.

 IDF targets Hamas terrorists at a training field in Gaza city

From a Hamas lesson: "How to take over a bus."
Archive photo: IDF Spokesperson