GAZA/JERUSALEM: Two Israeli soldiers were killed in a cross-border attack by Hamas militants yesterday, the army said, as the Palestinian death toll from the conflict hit 342 with no diplomatic solution in sight.
The Israeli army said four soldiers were wounded in the raid by fighters who reached Israel through a concealed tunnel. One Hamas gunman was killed, while the rest of the group escaped back into the Gaza Strip, the army said.
Israel sent ground forces into Hamas-controlled Gaza on Thursday after 10 days of air and naval barrages failed to stop rocket fire from the Strip. It has vowed to destroy a network of tunnels out of Gaza and hunt down militants’ stockpiles of missiles. The land incursion has failed to subdue Hamas and its allies, who fired more than 90 rockets into Israel yesterday, the Israeli army said. One killed a man and wounded two children in a southern Bedouin Arab village in Israel, police said. Reuters