(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

IDF ground forces entered the northern Gaza Strip during the night and are operating there, as part of the operation to stop the launching of rockets at Israel and to destroy terror infrastructure in the area.

The IDF operation is directed solely against the Gaza Strip’s terror infrastructure. The IDF will make every effort in order to prevent civilian casualties, and continues to stress to the civilian Palestinian population that, for their own safety, civilians should stay clear of combat zones.

During the activity, the IDF carried out aerial attacks against nine cells of armed gunmen who attempted to fire anti-tank missiles and plant explosives against the forces.

During the night the IDF carried out aerial attacks against a building in the city of Rafah used by Hamas to store weapons, and a Hamas weapons facility in Jabaliya. Prior to the attacks on these terror facilities, in order to ensure the safety of the residents of the Gaza Strip, the IDF warned the population not to stay in structures that are used by terrorist organizations for storing weaponry.

The IDF is conducting engineering work near the fence in the area of Sufa crossing.

Passage of food items and fuel into the Gaza Strip through the Nahal Oz and Karni crossings

In accordance with the decisions of the political echelon and following security assessments, the Karni goods crossing and Nahal Oz fuel terminal were opened again yesterday, July 25th 2006, for the passage of food items and fuel into the Gaza Strip.

At the Karni crossing, 141 truckloads and 24 containers of basic food items and medical supplies were transferred to Gaza.
At the Nahal Oz fuel terminal, the following quantities of fuel and natural gas were transferred: 600,000 liters of diesel, 100,000 liters of Gasoline, 225 tons of natural gas (for cooking).