Hamas Improving Military Capabilities in Gaza

[Ha'aretz] Amos Harel - In recent months, the IDF has been conducting operations in Gaza up to three kilometers inside the border fence - an area the army calls the "security zone." There are regular clashes with forward units of Hamas, which set up ambushes when IDF troops enter and leave Gaza. The IDF is seeking to prevent the militants from crossing into Israel, digging tunnels, abducting soldiers, firing mortars and laying roadside bombs. The efforts by Iran and Hizbullah to improve Hamas' military capabilities are beginning to be felt, and not only in better weaponry. Dozens of militants trained in Iran and Lebanon have reentered Gaza to create a system of control and coordination. There is a chain of command for every area, which operates a coordinated network of observation posts, infantry and antitank forces.

2007-10-30 01:00:00

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