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Israeli tanks withdraw from Beit Lahiya after clashes with Hamas
Published Friday 18/07/2014 (updated) 19/07/2014 17:19
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli tanks withdrew from Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after intense clashes with Hamas, only a day after they penetrated hundreds of meters into the area at the beginning of the ground invasion Thursday night.

Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that violent clashes took place in the "Ashkelon" area of Beit Lahiya on Friday afternoon, and that the tanks withdrew in response to positions behind the Israeli border.

Hamas' military wing the al-Qassam Brigades has claimed responsibility for hitting multiple Israeli military vehicles in the area, confirming direct hits with mortar shells and 107 rockets.

The al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for targeting an Israeli tank in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, saying its fighters targeted a tank near Bayaret Abu Rahma with P29 shells, and confirmed a direct hit.

Al-Qassam also claimed responsibility for shooting an Israeli soldier with a sniper shot in northern Gaza.

The Al-Quds Brigades affiliated with Islamic Jihad also claimed responsibility for the targeting of the military site Dugit, which is on the site of a former Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip, and two wells with four 107 missiles and the Mighen military site north of Beit Lahiya with three mortars.

For its part, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for the targeting of Eshkol with three rockets.

Israel has admitted that it is facing tough resistance in areas that it has penetrated in northern and southern regions of the Gaza Strip.

One Israeli soldier died early Friday and two were injured in fighting.
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1 ) palestinian / usa
18/07/2014 20:33
Palestinians need lots of anti-tank missiles and RPGs to prevent any israeli force from entering Gaza or the West Bank. Palestinians must follow the Lebanese Resistance model !!

2 ) Warmonger / -
19/07/2014 12:47
"Palestinians must follow the Lebanese Resistance model !!" - I'm sure if Hezbollah could get over the border, they'd be happy to help!!

3 ) free palestine / south africa
19/07/2014 13:26
Great! Israel needs to get out of gaza and lift the seige. The palestinians would have had enough very soon and then we will see a war.

4 ) hp / usa
20/07/2014 00:29
The thought of resistance sends the IDF into a state of trembling fear. Mention the word Hezbollah and they pee their pants. They're good with children and unarmed men. That's all. Their much bragged about prowess in combat is complete phony baloney crappola. They're cowards at heart.

5 ) ibrahim shaik / south africa
20/07/2014 15:05
I think gaza is such a controlled that one could barely get food into the area let alone rockets and missiles or materials to produce them. Therefore I believe hamas is controlled by america where it gets its weopons from then using them to target israel ... then giving israel "the right to defend itself".... and offciyrse scoop more resources. I also think isreal wants to control the oil off the coast of gaza.

6 ) Davidski / Antarctica
20/07/2014 15:40
Here's a simple solution, return to the pre-1967 borders and stay the heck out of anothers country.

7 ) Oultlier / USA
20/07/2014 22:42
Expect this withdrawal to be temporary. Lots of people have forgotten how determined, tough and unforgiving the IDF can be. The miscalculation of Lebanon will not be made this time and Hamas - and by extension, Gaza - will suffer the consequences.

8 ) Mad dog / USA
21/07/2014 09:45
Palestinian terrorist are nothing but coward that fight from behind they kids and women the whole world already knows the cheap courage of the hidden shameful face of Palestinian terrorist. The biggest killer of Palestinian is Palestinians the selfs

9 ) Marc P. / USA
21/07/2014 10:06
LOL you fools believe this propaganda? LOL
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