Hamas fighters kill 5 Israeli troopers in cross-border attack

Hamas fighters kill 5 Israeli troopers in cross-border attack
Sun Jul 20, 2014 08:54:01

Hamas' armed wing has said that a group of its operatives have infiltrated the occupied territory for the second time in a day and killed five Israeli troopers.

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

Only hours later, the Israeli army accepted the deaths of two soldiers by Gaza resistant fighters who had breached the Gaza border.

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


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