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Israeli military says 3 soldiers killed in Gaza ambush

July 30, 2014 5:37 P.M. (Updated: July 31, 2014 11:58 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military said on Wednesday that three soldiers were killed and a number injured after explosives were detonated while they were raiding a home.

The military said in a statement that an "elite unit" was operating to "uncover offensive tunnels" and found a tunnel inside a home in the southern Gaza Strip.

As they were raiding the home, the military added, explosives were detonated, one from inside the tunnel and one from within the home.

"The explosion caused the residence to collapse and the injury of several soldiers," the statement continued.

In total, 27 Israeli soldiers were injured in fighting across the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the military said.

No Palestinian militant group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

56 Israeli soldiers have been killed and hundreds injured by Palestinian fighters since they launched a ground assault into the Gaza Strip two weeks ago.
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