IDF Infantry, Armor and Engineering forces operated last night (20 Nov.) east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The IDF forces destroyed the house of Talal Abu Zarifa, a senior military operative in the Democratic Front, who was involved in planning and instigating terror attacks against IDF forces in the southern Gaza Strip and the Mouasi. Abu Zarifa is responsible for the terror attack at the ‘Marganit’ post on August 25, 2001, in which an IDF officer and two soldiers were killed. In October 2002 he was involved in sending the terrorist who set explosive devices near the community of Morag in the Gaza Strip. Security forces captured the terrorist and the explosive charges were uncovered. Furthermore, Abu Zarifa is responsible for many shooting attacks in Gush Katif. In one such attack an Israeli civilian was lightly wounded.

Also last night, IDF forces conducted searches in a number of offices of the Fatah movement. During the operation shots were fired toward the IDF force. There were no reports of injuries. Once the operation ended, the IDF forces left the area.

The IDF will continue to operate against the terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip in order to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers