IDF forces conducted vast searches during the night near military installations near Rafah, in territory under Israeli control. During the searches, a tunnel used for smuggling weapons was exposed. The tunnel was destroyed in a controlled explosion. In addition, several grenades were thrown at the force. The soldiers returned direct fire, and left the area upon completion of the search. Three weapon-smuggling tunnels were exposed in the past week alone. The IDF Spokesperson stresses that the Israeli-Egyptian border in the Rafah area is regularly used as a route for smuggling weapons, which can later be used by Palestinian terrorists to harm Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.