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Palestinian fighters injure 3 Israeli soldiers in Beit Lahiya

July 19, 2014 10:25 A.M. (Updated: July 19, 2014 1:51 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian militants injured three Israeli soldiers during fierce fighting in the northern Gaza Strip early Saturday as the ground invasion entered its second day.

The Israeli army told Ma'an on Saturday that the solders were "operating" in the area of Beit Lahiya after midnight when a Palestinian gunman opened fire in their direction.

Although the soldiers responded with fire at the gunman, one Israeli soldier was "moderately wounded" and two others were "lightly wounded" in the gunfight.

Israeli news site Haaretz said that one of the soldiers was an officer and that he had sustained "serious injuries."

Beit Lahiya was the site of intense clashes on Friday, as eyewitnesses told Ma'an that Israeli forces were forced to pull out of the area due to stiff resistance from Palestinian militant groups.

The attack brings the number of Israeli soldiers injured since the beginning of the ground invasion to 10, after seven were injured in fighting on Friday.

One Israeli soldier was also killed early Friday, although an initial army probe suggested the death was possibly a result of friendly fire.
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