At least 10 Israeli soldiers have been killed in a fighting with Palestinian resistance fighters as the Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip lingers on.
Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, said in a statement which was issued on Monday that Palestinian resistance fighters killed the Israeli soldiers east of Shujaiyya.
The military wing of Hamas further noted that its fighters infiltrated “behind enemy lines” and killed the soldiers.
The Israeli army also issued a statement following the incident, saying Hamas fighters infiltrated into Israel through a tunnel and opened fire on Israeli soldiers.
Elsewhere, in the city of Eshkol, at least four Israelis were killed and nearly a dozen others injured after Palestinian rockets hit the city.
The Israeli army has confirmed the casualties, which brings to over 50, the total number of Israelis killed since the beginning of the war on Gaza. Over 140 other soldiers were also wounded.
Palestinian fighters, however, say they have killed over a hundred Israeli troopers alone.
Meanwhile, Palestinian rockets targeted several other Israeli cities including Be’er Sheva, Ofakim, Haifa and Ashkelon. Resistance brigades also fired over 200 rockets on the Nahal Oz region in the Negev desert.
Since July 8, Israeli warplanes have been pounding numerous sites in the Gaza Strip, demolishing houses and burying families in the rubble. Israeli tanks also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.
Palestinian medics say more than 1,095 Palestinians have been killed so far in the Israeli attacks and nearly 6,500 others injured.
Top Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh has said the besieged Gaza Strip will become “a graveyard for Israeli soldiers” who are committing crimes against the Palestinians.