13 Israeli soldiers & nearly 100 Palestinian civilians killed, in battle over suburb of Gaza CitySubmitted by Lawmanjed on Sun, 07/20/2014 - 18:53
"The Israeli military suffered one of its worst combat days on Sunday, with the death of at least 13 troops in battle and an unconfirmed claim from Hamas that it had kidnapped a soldier inside Gaza."
"IDF soldiers encountered a sophisticated, disciplined, brave, highly trained and well-equipped army of militants, he said. "We have to admit we were facing good fighters, very well equipped with sophisticated weapons systems, accurate weapons, heavy weapons including mortars, booby traps. It was very difficult fighting," he said. "It's very difficult for us to surprise them. They were simply waiting for us.""
"Most of the Hamas fighters had been trained in Iran, he said. "We can trace the methods," he said, referring to the tactics of embedding into densely-populated areas for protection. "We've seen the same with Hezbollah [in Lebanon].""
And despite Israeli warnings for days to Gaza citizens to flee in foresight of Israeli offensive, nearly 100 more civilians were killed during the fierce fighting today alone.
"(Israel's) decision to give advance warning to civilians in Gaza of impending operations gave a clear indication to Hamas of Israel's military intentions. Leaflets and text messages had given the residents of Shujai'iya at least two days' warning to leave their homes by a specific deadline, with instructions about which streets marked a safe area, the source said.
"They didn't leave because of threats from Hamas," he said. "So many civilian casualties is bad but that's what Hamas wanted us to face, the civilian human shield."