The IDF had received intelligence warnings of terrorist cells hiding out in Shechem on their way to carry out attacks in pre-67 Israel. The offensive's first accomplishment was the arrest of a Tanzim terrorist who confessed to planning an imminent attack with an accomplice. On the basis of information he provided, the forces raided a number of houses in the Kasba market area of the city, using modern equipment to break down walls from one house to another in order not to expose themselves to sniper fire. Two armed terrorists were sighted, shot and killed. Another man was seen running away while throwing a bomb at the IDF force; he, too, was felled. Two others were eliminated while shooting at the forces from a rooftop. No soldiers were hurt in the operation. Finkler reports that another terrorist who confessed to planning an attack against Israelis was apprehended separately in a different Shechem neighborhood.
Yesterday, terrorists in southern Gaza scored a success of sorts, although it caused no Israeli casualties, when they succeeded in detonating a half-ton bomb under an IDF outpost. Over the course of weeks, they dug a 200-meter-long tunnel in the soft earth leading from a deserted house in Rafiach to the Herdon Outpost. Yesterday they detonated the explosive bomb, but the reinforced concrete floor - which was installed for just such eventualities - absorbed almost the entire force of the explosion. A 20-meter-wide pit in the ground testified to what could have happened. IDF forces traced the tunnel back to its source, where they found two armed Hamas terrorists - one of whom was killed in the ensuing firefight. In September 2000, a similar underground bombing was perpetrated in the nearby Tarmit Outpost, leading to light injuries for several soldiers.