Last night (June 22, 2003), IDF forces operated in Khan Yhounis (southern Gaza Strip) in response to an increase in terrorist activity against IDF forces and Israeli communities in Gush Katif.

IDF forces demolished two abandoned buildings used by Palestinian terrorists to launch anti-tank missiles, mortars, and sniping attacks.

During IDF operations, Palestinians directed light weapons fire, grenades, and anti-tank missiles at IDF forces. Explosive devices were also detonated towards IDF forces. IDF forces returned fire.

One IDF soldier was lightly wounded by gunfire during the operation. The soldier received first aid on the scene, and was then evacuated for further medical treatment.

IDF forces also carried out searches in a northern neighborhood of Khan Yhounis. It should be noted that during the past week, 31 mortars and anti-tank missiles were fired at IDF positions and Israeli communities in Gush Katif. Indeed, anti-tank missiles fired by Palestinian terrorists wounded an IDF soldier as well as an Israeli civilian, and caused damage to a number of houses.

The demolition of abandoned buildings is carried out to reduce sniping attacks, as well as the launching of mortars and anti-tank missiles against IDF forces and Israeli communities in Gush Katif. IDF forces exited Khan Yhounis upon conclusion of the above-mentioned activity.