The military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says resistance fighters have killed three more Israeli soldiers in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said its fighters inflicted the latest fatalities on the Israeli military during clashes in the east of al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City on Thursday.
The Palestinian fighters also killed over a dozen Israeli soldiers in a bomb attack east of Khan Yunis on Wednesday.
Israeli military says it has so far lost nearly 60 of its troops in clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters, but Hamas says over 131 Israeli soldiers have been killed over the past 24 days. This is seen as the heaviest loss of life for the Israeli military in years.
Israeli media reports say over 140 Israeli soldiers have been hospitalized with combat injuries. Nearly 14 of them are reportedly in critical condition.
Israel has kept tight reins on media outlets with regards to the exact number of Israeli soldiers captured or killed during its ongoing assault on the besieged coastal enclave.
The rising death toll of Israeli forces during the ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip has prompted growing opposition to the war among the Israeli public.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the ongoing Israeli aerial and ground offensive in the war-stricken Gaza Strip keeps rising.
More than 1,437 Palestinians have so far been killed and over 8,000 others injured since the Israeli military first launched its offensive on Gaza on July 8.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has condemned Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip as “deliberate defiance” of international law.