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Three Hamas fighters dead in beach battle

Reports of fighting on a beach near Gaza City are confirmed by Hamas, which says three of its fighters were killed in a confrontation with IDF troops on Sudaniya Beach.

Initial reports suggest what may have been the first entry of IDF ground troops into the Strip since fighting began on Tuesday, though only a small commando force appears to have been involved.

The army is asking residents of the northern Gaza Strip to leave the area tonight, sparking speculation in the media that the IDF may be considering sending in ground troops overnight.

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