2 soldiers killed in morning Hamas infiltration

Two IDF soldiers, including an officer, were killed this morning when Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israeli territory through a tunnel from the central Gaza Strip and ambushed a military vehicle patrolling on the Israeli side of the border, the IDF says.

The information has been cleared for publication, after the families were notified of the deaths.

The deaths were the first of soldiers killed by Hamas since Operation Protective Edge began on July 8.

This morning, the terrorist cell infiltrated Israeli territory through an underground tunnel, in an apparent attempt to carry out a major attack on one of the nearby communities.

The gunmen encountered an IDF patrol and opened fire with machine guns and anti-tank weaponry, killing the two officers, moderately wounding two other soldiers and lightly wounding two more.

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