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IAF Pummels Tunnels along Gaza-Egypt Border

The IAF is bombing the smuggling tunnels along the Gaza-Egypt border and has destroyed 20 of them so far today. About 40 Hamas gunmen killed.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/11/2009, 7:00 PM

IDF Spokesman

IAF jet fighters swooped down Sunday afternoon onto targets along the “Philadelphi Corridor,” as the route separating Gaza from Egypt is referred by the IDF. The IDF Spokesman's Unit said that the tunnels had been used for smuggling weapons into Gaza and that the IAF would continue attacking them.

Earlier Sunday, a senior IDF source said that about 40 Hamas gunmen had been eliminated during the day's fighting.


Hamas video purported to show fighting with IDF today.

The Al Jazeera network reported that three Egyptian citizens were injured in the IAF attacks along the border.

In the government's weekly briefing, Military Intelligence Chief Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin estimated that “Hamas is in dire straits in almost every category. It leaders are hiding in bunkers, in hospitals and in foreign delegations. The interviews of Hamas leaders that were broadcast were pre-recorded.”

A central question being asked by observers at present is whether or not Israel will try to reestablish control over the Philadelphi Corridor (a codename that was chosen randomly by an IDF computer).

In what may be a telling sign of his intentions, Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant enlisted former Southern Command chief Maj.-Gen. Yom-Tov Samia to assist him in media relations. Samia is known as a fierce proponent of retaking the Philadelphi Corridor.