Pushing Hamas Back

[Ynet News] Ron Ben-Yishai - In recent days, the IDF Southern Command has noticed that Hamas fighters in Gaza are operating closer to the security fence and border crossings. The primary objective of IDF raids in Gaza on Wednesday was to push back Hamas fighters and the armed groups that joined them away from the border fence. After the bitter experience with Hizbullah's deployment along the border fence in southern Lebanon, Israel decided to thwart a similar process in Gaza. Therefore, the IDF is creating a "buffer zone" that is roughly 1,500 meters deep to prevent Hamas from digging tunnels in close proximity to Israeli communities, border crossings, and IDF troops.

2007-06-28 01:00:00

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