JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Two Hamas cell groups infiltrated Israel through tunnels from the northern Gaza Strip were quickly identified and neutralized leaving ten of its members dead.
Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett tells Sky News, "Are you kidding me?"
Hamas claimed to kidnapped an Israeli soldier, however Israel denied the claims. Nevertheless, celebrations erupted in Gaza over the alleged kidnapping.
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Netanyahu: We bow our heads to the fallen soldiers, but carry on with operation – Ynet News
The fall of the Golani Brigade soldiers is painful and difficult, but Israel continues its Gaza operation full speed ahead – that's the message coming from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday night in a press conference he held with Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, following the death of 13 IDF soldiers in the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours.
"We bow our heads to our fallen sons, who died so we could continue living in our country," Netanyahu said at the beginning of his remarks. "I would like to express, on behalf of the government of Israel and the people of Israel, the deep pain we feel. We send our condolences to the parents, children, partners and families of the IDF soldiers who fell in battle. I want to tell you, there isn't a war more just war than that in which your sons bravely died in."
Hamas tells social media activists to always call the dead 'innocent civilians' – Jerusalem Post
According to a report by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) on Thursday, the campaign is being called the "Be Aware – Social Media Activist Awareness Campaign," and an instructional video was posted on its official website and social media accounts.
"The guidelines are aimed at ensuring preservation of the line of Hamas and other Palestinian organizations; preventing the leaking of information that would be of military value to Israel; bolstering Hamas's propaganda efforts outside the Gaza Strip, in both the Arab world and the West; and preventing damage to Hamas's image," said the report.
According to the Hamas guidelines: "Anyone killed or martyred is to be called a civilian from Gaza or Palestine, before we talk about his status in jihad or his military rank. Don't forget to always add 'innocent civilian' or 'innocent citizen' in your description of those killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza."
Another stated: "Avoid publishing pictures of rockets fired into Israel from [Gaza] city centers. This [would] provide a pretext for attacking residential areas in the Gaza Strip. Do not publish or share photos or video clips showing rocket launching sites or the movement of resistance [forces] in Gaza."
Soldiers from Texas, California, killed in Gaza combat – Times of Israel
Authorities and family members say two Americans who were soldiers with the Israel Defense Forces have been killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip.