Eight IDF Soldiers Wounded During the Night; Operation Continues

On Monday night (Jan. 12), an IDF officer was critically wounded and two IDF soldiers were lightly to moderately wounded after an explosive device, used to target forces, was detonated in a booby trapped house. The soldiers were evacuated to hospitals in Israel and their families have been notified. The forces were performing searches in the northern Gaza Strip. Additional weaponry was uncovered while searching the booby-trapped house, which included a machine gun and a flak-jacket.

During Armored Corps, Engineering Corps and Infantry Corps operations on Monday night (Jan.12) in the northern Gaza Strip, two booby-trap rigged tunnels and large amounts of weaponry were uncovered close to the security fence. The forces fired at three terror operatives and uncovered many weapons in the area. In addition, forces uncovered a number of additional smuggling tunnels used by Hamas. Throughout the night, approximately 30 terror operatives were hit.

Hamas continues to use mosques as operational centers in order to fire at IDF soldiers. Fire was opened from the yard of a mosque at IDF forces, who then returned the fire. In a separate incident, the IAF hit terror operatives in the yard of a mosque.

IDF forces spotted a number of terror operatives planting an explosive device in Gaza City and directed aerial forces that struck them. Different pieces of equipment used by Hamas, including four mortar launchers, an explosive device, a vest and a camera were uncovered in the outskirts of Gaza City. (news edited @IDF)

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