(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

Following the continuous firing of projectile rockets towards Israel from the Gaza Strip, aimed against Israeli citizens and civilian infrastructure, the IDF carried out an aerial attack on launching grounds in the northern Gaza Strip early Friday morning, 7 April 2006. These are areas from which terror cells have been launching projectile rockets at Israel, including the launching of the Katuyasha rocket on March 28. A helicopter pad in Gaza city, formerly used by the Palestinian Authority, was also targeted. The objective of targeting these areas is to disrupt Palestinian terror cells’ repeated attempts to fire rockets at Israel.

In addition, the IDF carried out an aerial attack on two Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades offices in the Gaza Strip. The offices, located in Beit Lahiya and Gaza city, both in the northern Gaza Strip, are used by the terror organization to plan their attacks on Israel.

Over the course of the past week Palestinian terrorists have launched over 40 rockets towards Israel, one such rocket landing on a mattress factory, south of Ashkelon yesterday. An Israeli citizen was wounded from the attack, which also caused a fire in the factory, severely damaging the structure and goods.

In a security forces activity Friday night (7 April) in the southern Gaza Strip, the IDF carried out an aerial attack against a vehicle carrying terrorists as it was leaving a training camp of the Popular Resistance Committees organization. Terrorists were using the camp for terror training and weapons training.

In a security forces activity Saturday afternoon (8 April) in the northern Gaza Strip, the IDF carried out an aerial attack against a vehicle carrying Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists. The terrorists had been identified launching a rocket into Israel.

In a security forces activity Saturday night (9 April) in the southern Gaza Strip, the IDF carried out an aerial attack on a Fatah training compound, used to train terrorists for attacks against Israel.