Soldiers from Golani’s Battalion 13 fought off a vicious ambush in an intense and chaotic midnight battle, Army Radio reports.
The IDF had said that troops of the Golani Infantry Brigade led “prolonged battles” against Hamas terrorists who had fired missiles, set off explosive devices, and hurled grenades at the forces.
According to an unsourced report on Army Radio, the Hamas gunmen tried to ambush the Israeli force at midnight, emerging from tunnels and attacking them with anti-tank missiles, mortars and drones.
The report says the Hamas gunmen tried to enter the armored personnel carriers and take control of them.
The Israeli troops fought them off in bitter close-combat fighting, also calling in air and artillery strikes to assist them in a battle that raged for some three hours.
The report says that 20 terrorists were killed and about 10 managed to escape.
Army Radio said there were no Israeli fatalities in the fight.