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Qassam releases details of operations it says killed 30 soldiers

Aug. 2, 2014 6:59 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2014 7:00 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Hamas-affiliated al-Qassam Brigades on Saturday revealed the details of military operations that they say killed more than 30 Israeli soldiers in eastern Shujaiyya on July 20.

Al-Qassam said in a statement that fighters had "set an ambush for soldiers in a house in eastern Shujaiyya. They led the soldiers into a house where they placed a gas barrel, and once the soldiers entered the house they randomly opened fire exploding the gas barrel, as planned."

"Our fighters shot grenades at the soldiers, setting the house and soldiers on fire," the statement added. "Then the (Hamas) fighters opened fire with their machine guns, killing at least 10 soldiers in the operation."

In another operation, al-Qassam said that the group's fighters had "jumped into a house" where Israeli special forces were operating from a higher building nearby and "clashed with the soldiers inside."

"Our fighters said 20 soldiers were killed during the operations," the statement added.

"Al-Qassam fighters clashed with six soldiers in eastern Shujaiyya, near al-Tawfiq mosque, killing and injuring them," the statement added, mentioning a separate incident.

The Israeli army previously acknowledged that at least 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip on July 20, and seven more deaths were confirmed the day after, some of which may have occurred previously.

Due to Israeli military censor restrictions, information on dead or wounded Israeli soldiers is often released with a delay.

63 Israeli soldiers have been killed since the beginning of the assault on Gaza, and hundreds more have been injured.
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