An IDF officer, Cpt. Hagai (Hayim) Lev, 24 years old from Jerusalem, was killed this morning during an IDF operation in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, near the Israeli-Egyptian border. The funeral will take place today, Wednesday, 10 July 2002 at 19:30 at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Cpt. Lev was a part of an IDF force searching for underground tunnels used in weapon smuggling. The soldiers were fired upon from a nearby building. Cpt. Hagai was hit and evacuated to a hospital, where he later died from his wounds. It should be stressed that this operation was being conducted in a territory defined by international treaties as under full Israeli authority, both in defense and civilian related issues.