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Islamic Jihad claims explosions against 2 Israeli military tanks

July 19, 2014 9:57 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 12:01 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement said on Saturday that its fighters had detonated explosives targeting two Israeli military tanks in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip earlier in the day.

The al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that a large underground explosive device hit an Israeli military tank in an agricultural area in northern Beit Hanoun, while another Israeli tank was hit in a grove in Beit Hanoun.

The statement added that Palestinian fighters seized a large machine gun which was on top of one of the Israeli military tanks.

Israel has faced fierce resistance from Palestinians militants since it launched its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip late Thursday, with at least one soldier dead and seven injured in the fighting.

On Friday, eyewitnesses said that Israeli tanks had withdrawn from Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after intense clashes with members of Hamas' military wing the al-Qassam Brigades in the area.

The Israeli military claimed on Friday to have killed 19 Palestinian fighters and detained 17 for interrogation since the ground invasion began.

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