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Two Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza

Iran Press TV

Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:1AM GMT

Two more Israeli soldiers have been killed in combat in the Gaza Strip, raising the number of the troops killed in the 15-day Israeli offensive against the blockaded Palestinian sliver to 27.

The Israeli army confirmed the deaths in a statement issued on Tuesday, saying the troopers had been killed a day earlier.

The army added that three other soldiers were seriously injured over the course of the night. Reports said that the commander of the elite Egoz reconnaissance unit was among those injured on Monday.

However, Palestinians say the death toll is higher. Al-Qassam Brigades, which is the military wing of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, said that its forces killed 15 Israeli forces in eastern Gaza City on Monday and over 40 of them since Tel Aviv started its offensive.

More than 100 Israeli soldiers have been confirmed wounded over the past few days.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh has said the besieged Gaza Strip will become "a graveyard for Israeli soldiers."

Two Israeli civilians have also been killed by rocket fire so far.

Hamas has fired hundreds of retaliatory rockets into Israel. Warning sirens have sounded in Tel Aviv, Yavne, Gadara, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and many other places.

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