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Watch: Qassam fighters infiltrate Israel, kill soldier

July 29, 2014 11:02 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 1, 2014 4:14 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A video aired on the Hamas-affiliated al-Aqsa TV station late Tuesday purports to show fighters from its military wing infiltrating Israel and killing a soldier.

The video, which has not been verified by Ma'an, shows several al-Qassam Brigades fighters climb out through a tunnel and enter an Israeli military base before engaging in a firefight with soldiers.

The footage then shows the militants killing a soldier, and later shows a masked fighter holding an Israeli assault rifle presumably taken during the raid.

The group said 10 soldiers were killed in the attack on the Nahal Oz military base on Monday, while the Israeli military had confirmed at least five of its soldiers were killed.

Faces of the Hamas fighters are covered with black dots throughout the video and their voices are covered by a bleep noise, but the sound of what seems to be a soldier screaming is later heard underneath the bleeps.

Before the video was aired, al-Qassam Brigades' commander Muhammad Deif made a televised statement on al-Aqsa TV.

"We have deliberately targeted Israeli military targets while our enemy targets civilians and children," Deif said.

"We will not accept any middle-ground solution," Deif said. "There will not be a ceasefire without the stopping of the offensive and a lifting of the siege."

Directly after the airing of the video, rocket sirens were heard in the greater Tel Aviv area.

The Israeli army has confirmed the deaths of 53 soldiers during its ground offensive on Gaza.

Two Israeli civilians have been killed in rocket attacks on Israel, in addition to one Thai migrant worker.

Some 1,210 Palestinians have been killed during the Israeli offensive, with rights groups estimating that around 80 percent of those dead have been civilians.
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