Operation Cast Lead, which aims to reduce Hamas’ capacity to launch rocket attacks against communities in southern Israel, is now in its fifth day. The IDF (Zahal) is engaged in a battle with Hamas and other terror organizations in the Gaza Strip and does not aim to target the Palestinian civilian population.

This post summarizes IDF (Zahal) operations for the evening of December 31, 2008:

Summary of humanitarian aid efforts:

Since the early morning hours on Wednesday, the IDF (Zahal) has attacked over 25 targets in the Gaza Strip. These include:

In all the IDF (Zahal) has so far attacked 450 Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

The IDF (Zahal) will continue to operate against terror organizations and will not hesitate to strike those involved both directly and indirectly in attacks against the citizens of the State of Israel.