July 18th 2006
IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT
Summary of IDF attacks in Lebanon during the night (July 18th,2006) and the thwarting of two infiltration attempts by Hezbollah terrorists into Israel
During the night IDF forces thwarted two infiltration attempts by Hezbollah armed terrorists, who were attempting to cross the border between Lebanon and Israel in order to carry out an attack inside Israel. The two terrorist cells were identified inside Lebanese territory moving towards the fence, near an Israeli community located in the middle of the Israeli-Lebanese border. IDF forces targeted the two cells and identified hitting them.
During the night the IDF continued to carry out attacks on targets in Lebanon. Around 50 aerial attacks took place during the night.
Among the targets attacked from the air:
– Structures and bunkers belonging to Hezbollah in the Dahia neighborhood in Beirut.
– A structure used for the storage of weaponry in Ba’al Beck and Bint Jebal
– Trucks which were used to transfer weaponry, including rockets, in Ba’al Beck and Um-a-Tahta
– Routes in southern Lebanon
– Rocket launching areas from which Hizbollah launched rockets at Israel.
A Lebanese army radar installation in A-Nazriya, in southern Lebanon, was targeted, this in light of the use of such installations by the terrorist organization Hizbollah against IDF forces- for example the incident last Friday, in which 4 sailors were killed- and in order to prevent incidents like these from reoccurring in the future.
In addition, the IDF continues to fire artillery at the rocket launching sites along the Israeli- Lebanese border.
Over 700 Katyusha rockets were fired by Hizbollah at Israel since July 13th, 2006, killing of 12 Israeli civilians and injuring over 300 Israeli civilians.
The IDF will continue to use all means at its disposal in order to protect the citizens of Israel and return the abducted IDF soldiers, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev to their homes and families.
IMRA – Independent Media Review and Analysis