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Hamas claims to have killed 8 Israeli soldiers in Gaza attack

July 24, 2014 11:42 A.M. (Updated: July 25, 2014 2:29 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades said on Thursday that they had killed eight Israeli soldiers in northeastern Gaza City in what was potentially the deadliest attack on the military since the ground invasion began last week.

Al-Qassam Brigades said that they infiltrated into the eastern part of al-Tuffah neighborhood earlier on Thursday and launched an attack on Israeli soldiers deployed there.

The group claimed to have destroyed an armored personnel carrier with an RPG 29, a rocket-propelled grenade.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she did not have any information on the incident.

The Brigades also declared that their fighters clashed with Israeli soldiers in two areas in northern Beit Hanoun.

On Sunday, Hamas fighters killed seven Israeli soldiers in a similar attack on an armored personnel carrier.

Over the weekend, Hamas announced the capture of Israeli soldier Oron Shaul, who had been previously confirmed as dead by the Israeli military.

The military later retracted that confirmation, seemingly corroborating Hamas' statement.

Palestinian resistance groups have engaged the Israeli military in intense clashes across the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the ground invasion last week, with the military admitting 32 dead and hundreds of wounded.

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