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Hamas armed wing: 5 Israeli soldiers killed in new cross-border attack
Published Saturday 19/07/2014 (updated) 20/07/2014 12:29
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Israeli soldiers stand on Merkava tanks at an army deployment
near the Israeli-Gaza border,on July 19, 2014.(AFP/Jack Guez)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas' armed wing said Saturday that a group of its operatives infiltrated Israeli territory for the second time in a day and killed five Israeli soldiers.

The al-Qassam Brigades said the fighters tunneled under the Gaza border into Israeli territory near the Sufa crossing east of Rafah. Then they shot five soldiers dead, the group said.

It said three were killed by direct gunshots to the head, while the others suffered bullet wounds in other areas of their bodies.

Only hours earlier, the Israeli army announced the deaths of two soldiers by militants who had breached the Gaza border.

An army statement said those two, Sergeant Adar Bersano, 20, from Neharyia, and Major Amotz Greenberg, 45, from Hod Hasharon, were killed during a clash with a number of militants who infiltrated Israel through a tunnel from Gaza.

The fighters, also affiliated with Hamas' military wing, infiltrated the southern Israeli region of Eshkol near Ein HaShlosha through a tunnel and attacked an Israeli army patrol.

The al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the raid in a statement, adding that "Heavy fighting is ongoing with the forces of the occupation."

The Israeli military said in a statement that militants opened fire on the attackers with machine guns and an anti-tank missile.

The military said that they returned fire and killed one of the militants, while the rest re-entered the tunnel and returned to Gaza.

It added that they pursued the attackers into Gaza.

The group had reported earlier on Saturday morning that it had breached "enemy lines" in the northern Gaza Strip and had engaged Israeli forces.

They said that they had managed to infiltrate Israeli lines in the area, which has witnessed heavy fighting since the beginning of the Israeli ground invasion late Thursday.
1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
19/07/2014 22:38
Hamas wants blood and death and destruction - and that's what they are giving the people of Gaza. They don't care how many "martyrs" die in Gaza - in fact they want more women and children to be killed which is why they have been documented by foreign journalists launching rockets from beside schools and hospitals. The ugliest admission was the shameful UNRWA admission that rockets were stored in an UNRWA school. Israel is justified in defending against Hamas, and international law backs that.

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
19/07/2014 22:56
Now its real fighting which will determine how good yhe Israeli's are.They may have sophisticated armour but guerilla fighting will kick Israeli's backsides.

3 ) David / US
19/07/2014 23:13
More tragedy brought on by Hamas. If it's not Hamas killing soldiers trying to protect Israel, it's Hamas killing Arabs in Dimona and in Gaza itself. How about at 1:00AM, 500,000 Gazans step outside and grab every member of Hamas they see and beat the living tar out of them? That would end this misery once and for all and prove to the world that the citizens of Gaza want peace.

4 ) some one / some where
19/07/2014 23:53
by telling lie you get no where i remember in 1967 i heard from radio Egypt announced every hour that so many plane shot down and so and so as well as jordan and syria they did not say that their air force has been destroy allready when the war end people realize what happened and dictator resign go read history then see what is the consequence of telling people a lie

5 ) christian palestinian / usa
20/07/2014 00:26
The Palestinian people have the absolute legal right to defend their people and their land by any military means at their disposal. Palestinians are now following the Lebanese Resistance model.

6 ) Gerrie van Zoelen / Holland
20/07/2014 01:59
If it is true that the tunnels go into Israel, why do the soldiers enter Gaza? They can destroy the tunnels from Israel side . Stupid Israelis, they just want to kill liars first class!!

7 ) Ben Barka / Tanzania
20/07/2014 02:23
It’s an old story "We should prepare to go over to the offensive. Our aim is to smash Lebanon, Trans-Jordan, and Syria. The weak point is Lebanon, for the Moslem regime is artificial and easy for us to undermine. We shall establish a Christian state there, and then we will smash the Arab Legion, eliminate Trans-Jordan; Syria will fall to us. We then bomb and move on and take Port Said, Alexandria and Sinai." David Ben-Gurion, first prime minister of Israel, May 1948,

8 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
20/07/2014 03:57
You have to chuckle at Hamas and Palestinians. They think that since they have killed a couple of soldiers and Arab Israeli citizens that they have accomplished something. At the end of the day Gaza will be the same cesspool that it was before the war, except worse.

9 ) Majibar Rahman / INDIA
20/07/2014 04:24
Goood news,no doubt.Palestininans must be more equipped with modern weaponry,nearby muslim countries,though afraid of losing their power must stand by the Palestinians in order to fight the injustice and tyranny.Truth is by the side of the Palestinians and Truth must prevail.

10 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
20/07/2014 08:07
Hamas is managing to pissoff most of the Arab world except for the radical elements in Qatar and Turkey. They have rejected Arab and UN calls for ceasefires, they continue to commit war crimes (yes, firing rockets at civilians is indeed a war crime) and they continue to give Israel legitimate cause to defend itself including this current gawdawful invasion of Gaza that is getting people killed. Hamas wants martyrdom, that's what it's getting. Soon it will be in quantity if they don't stop.

11 ) Horrible / Pakistan
20/07/2014 13:20
Well done bravo. Keep it up. Eliminate the occupying enemy from your land and teach a lesson to the illegitimate son of Negro.

12 ) just / wondering
20/07/2014 15:34
I wonder if the israeli militants were wearing their racist tshirts like 1 shot 2 kills , in which it depicts a pregnant palestinian, or the many other disgusting shirts they wear..

13 ) fajr / indonesia
20/07/2014 16:14
Smiling death is syuhada...this is freedom war... it was similary our hero ware fighting to natherland troops and japanese tropps.. Alloh SWT blessing all fighter of motherland

14 ) Alla Kareem / DD
20/07/2014 18:12
Majibar Rahman / INDIA - I feel pity for your miserable soul ... You can be a Muslim and still see that Hamas is the scums in this story ...

15 ) Maurice Smith / USA
21/07/2014 00:04
Hey Here's a thought. Since you all agree that the killing of innocent women and children is solely the fault of Hamas. Why hasn't the State of Israel offered safe passage for the women and children only. Out of the Gaza Strip to the West Bank. Once their out nobody will be able to claim that Hamas is hiding behind skirt. The Israeli Army and Air Force would be free to go in and root out every one of them without fear of collateral damage. Just think of the great PR it would give Israel.

16 ) Jawad Falak / Pakistan
02/08/2014 10:24
Bravo! Keep it up Hamas send more of this human garbage to the eternal incinerator!
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