During an initiated operation, IDF forces performed wide-range searches in the area of Raphiah, in a territory where there are military facilities (The Pink Area), an area under Israeli security control, in order to expose tunnels used for the smuggling of weapons. During the activity, fire was opened towards the IDF forces and a large number of grenades alongside several firebombs were thrown at them. The soldiers returned fire towards source. The IDF Spokesperson stresses that the border of Israel-Egypt in the area of Raphiah is used as a permanent route for the smuggling of weapons that are used by the terrorists and Palestinian terror organizations for the wounding Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers.