Anti-tank and sniper fire opened against an IDF force involved in engineering activities along the Israel – Egypt border, near Rafah, today (17 Oct. 2002). As a result of the shooting attack, one of the military vehicles was damaged.IDF forces returned small arms fire and tank shells toward the sources of fire.

A Palestinian house, from whose proximity terrorists were operating, was hit by IDF fire. From the initial examination, it appears that a number of Palestinians were hit. The IDF regrets any harm incurred to innocent civilians as well as to the population not involved in terror.

It is important to note that the attack on IDF forces was conducted using houses on the outskirts of Rafah as cover.