Date: 01/01/2009, 10:47 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Wednesday night (Dec. 31), the IAF and the Israel Navy struck around 20 additional Hamas targets as a continuation of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s current operation targeting the Hamas terrorist organization and those that assist Hamas in launching attacks against citizens of the State of Israel.

Among the sites targeted were:

The buildings housing Hamas’ Ministry of Justice and Legislative Assembly, both located in the Tel El-Hawwa government complex. Hamas Government sites serve as a critical component of the terrorist groups’ infrastructure in Gaza.

Over five smuggling tunnels along the ‘Philadelphi Route’ used by Hamas to transport arms and terrorists in and out of Gaza.

A weaponry manufacturing and storage facility in central Gaza, under which a tunnel was also located.

A command center of Hamas’ police force in Rafah, as a well as a Hamas coastal authority outpost on the shore adjacent to Gaza City.

In addition, the Israel Navy targeted a number of Hamas outposts and rocket launching sites.

Beginning on Thursday (Jan.1), the Home Front Command reserve forces trained in search and rescue will be stationed in southern Israel to assist the civilian population.

The IDF (Zahal) will continue to target infrastructure utilized by Hamas and the other terror organizations in Gaza, and will not hesitate to strike those involved both directly and indirectly in attacks against the citizens of the State of Israel.