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Israel confirms 2 soldiers killed in cross-border attack
Published Saturday 19/07/2014 (updated) 19/07/2014 21:24
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(Israeli army)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The Israeli army announced Saturday the deaths of two Israeli soldiers by militants who had breached the Gaza border, hours after they had been reported wounded.

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

Hamas's military wing, 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 al-Qassam Brigades said 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.

Ma'an staff contributed reporting.
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1 ) Mel / USA
19/07/2014 20:27
Does that exclude the Israeli soldier who was killed by FRIENDLY FIRE(Fratricide)?
350 Palestinian/Gazan civilians DEAD(mainly children).
2,400 injured Gazan Palestinians(lots of children there too).
I wonder what Obama's given Zionist Israel/AIPAC etc as a reasonably acceptable quota of tit-for tat "price tag" B4 he gets REALLY,"heartbroken"? Palestinian Muslims,Christians & non-Zionist Jews will prevail over Zionism.That's the"spirit(which)will never die",or "go down" in PALESTINE!

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
19/07/2014 21:21
Hamas is willing to kill thousands of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Just go to their website to see their motto: "This is Jihad: victory or martyrdom" - The conclusion is very simple that Hamas is committing war crimes not just against Israel (every rocket is a clear war crime) but against the Palestinian people (documented use of civilians as human shields, UNRWA embarassed to find Hamas storing rockets in UNRWA schools, etc).

3 ) christian palestinian / usa
20/07/2014 00:30
Palestinians must now follow the Lebanese Resistance model and defend their people and land by all military means!

4 ) Robert / US
20/07/2014 05:19
So what , am I supposed to weep over those who feel they are better than me ? NO, END THE OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE AND YOUR APARTHEID SYSTEM . THAN THERE WLL BE PEACE..
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