Palestinian militant groups claim numerous attacks against Israel army
Published Saturday 19/07/2014 (updated) 20/07/2014 23:59
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A number of Palestinian groups on Saturday claimed responsibility for numerous missiles launched against Israeli military sites and multiple attacks launched on Israeli soldiers on the second day of Israel's ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
The fighting on the ground in the northern and southern Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of at least 17 Palestinian militants, while more than a dozen Israeli soldiers have been injured.
The Hamas-linked al-Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for the shooting of three Israeli soldiers in northern Beit Hanoun and said that they had targeted Israeli military sites with 16 mortar shells as well as the Kisufim military site with two 107-missiles.
An Israeli military spokeswoman said that no soldiers were killed in Beit Hanoun.
The Al-Quds Brigades of Islamic Jihad declared that it had targeted Israeli military vehicles in eastern Khan Younis with six mortar shells and has targeted Israeli special forces with an RPG shell in northern Beit Hanoun.
The Brigades targeted Ashdod with two grad missiles, al-Sreij with two mortar shells, Kisufim and the Ein Hashlosha with 13 107 missiles, Zikim with six 107-missiles.
They also said that they had targeted Israeli forces with mortar shells in eastern al-Qarrara, Kibbutz Nir Isaac with three 107-missiles, and 25 mortar shells in northern Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya.
Al-Quds Brigades on Saturday clashed with Israeli special forces in eastern Beit Hanoun after they bombed an Israeli tank.
The Brigades also claimed responsibility for the bombing of an Israeli tank on Friday in northern Beit Hanoun.
Al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades affiliated with the Popular Resistance Brigades claimed responsibility for clashing with Israeli forces in eastern Khan Younis and for targeting an Israeli bulldozer near Kisufim.
The Brigades targeted Sderot, Netivot with six missiles, and Kerem Shalom with two 107-missiles.
The armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, National Resistance Brigades, targeted Israeli military vehicles in eastern Juhr al-Dik with two mortar shells.
The Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, targeted Eshkol with a 107-missile.
Al-Mujahidin Brigades targeted Nerim and Nahil Oz with eight missiles.
The attacks follow a day of intense fighting in the northern Gaza Strip, where on Friday Israeli tanks were forced to withdraw after meeting stiff resistance from Palestinian fighters in Beit Lahiya.