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Israel: 19 militants killed, 13 detained since start of invasion

July 18, 2014 4:18 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 12:42 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military said Friday that since the beginning of the ground invasion of Gaza the night before, the army had killed 19 Palestinian militants and detained 13 more.

The military said in a statement that since the beginning of the operation late Thursday, Israeli forces had bombed 150 "targets" including 50 since the morning.

Seventeen of the Palestinians who Israel claims were militants were killed in unknown circumstances, while two were killed while allegedly "in preparations to fire antitank missiles."

The Israeli military also claimed that it had uncovered eight "tunnel access points" in areas it had invaded within the Gaza Strip, presumably for Palestinian militants to enter Israel.

On Thursday, Hamas militants managed to enter Israel in the area of Sufa kibbutz through a tunnel, but were forced back after an Israeli airstrike.

Palestinian medical sources say at least 30 Palestinians have been killed and more than 300 injured since the beginning of the ground invasion, which came on the 10th day of an Israeli assault that has now killed more than 260 and injured more than 2,000 in total.

Two Israelis, including a soldier, have died since the beginning of hostilities, and around six have been injured.
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