Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Limited IOF Incursion East of Khan Younis

Al Mezan


At approximately 2:30 am on Wednesday 4 January 2011, Israeli tanks accompanied by armored bulldozers moved under sporadic fire about 300 meters into the Al Faraheen neighborhood in eastern ‘Abasan, east of Khan Younis.  Bulldozers leveled lands that have frequently been razed before.  The Israeli tanks then moved south towards Khuza’a village.  At approximately 10:00 am on the same day, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) withdrew from the area.  No casualties or injuries were reported. 


[Israeli incursion from Kisufim gate]

extract from Ma'an article

Meanwhile, Israeli tanks entered the Gaza Strip through the Kisufim gate near Khan Younis and opened fire as bulldozers razed farmland in the area, onlookers told Ma'an.

An military spokeswoman said soldiers identified an explosive device near the border fence and safely detonated it. She said soldiers fired tank shells during the procedure as a "method of deterrence."

The Israeli army holds Hamas fully responsible for maintaining calm in the coastal enclave, she added.