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Israeli video claims to show strike on Hamas tunnel

An unverified video posted on YouTube by the Israeli Defence Forces claims to show a military strike on a Hamas tunnel yesterday. The IDF also claimed it "proved it contained explosives meant for terror attacks".

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We struck a Hamas tunnel yesterday. Secondary blasts proved that it contained explosives meant for terror attacks. http://t.co/UYPjIfdwD9

Conflicting reports over missing Israeli soldier

An Israeli soldier is presumed dead after he went missing in the Gaza Strip, according to local media. The reports come two days after the Islamist Hamas group announced they had captured a soldier during clashes.

Israel's Channel 10 News said the military believed the man was killed along with six other troops in an attack on an armoured vehicle on Sunday. However, the army has only identified six bodies. Hamas on Sunday announced it had captured an Israeli soldier, but did not say whether he was dead or alive.

Abu Ubaida, the spokesman of the Hamas's armed wing, said the soldier was seized in heavy fighting on the Gaza border on Sunday. He displayed a photo ID and army serial number of theman, but showed no image of him in their hands.

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Two Israeli soldiers and 10 Palestinians killed in clashes

Israel's military has killed a further 10 Palestinians continuing it offensive against the Gaza Strip amid diplomatic pressure to end the worst violence in five years between Hamas and Israel.

Palestinians react after warning Israeli air strikes hit a building in Gaza City.
Palestinians react after warning Israeli air strikes hit a building in Gaza City. Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Plumes of dark black smoke rose into the sky above Gaza, and shells continued to rain down on the coastal enclave, while Hamas and its allies fired 11 rockets across the border into southern Israel, the army said.

With the conflict entering its third week, the Palestinian death toll rose to almost 550, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, Gaza health officials said. The Israeli military said it had killed 183 militants. Israel's military announced the deaths of two more soldiers, bringing the number of army fatalities to 27.

Gaza death toll rises to 568 including 100 children

Israel continued its assaults in the Gaza Strip killing three Palestinians in as many air strikes, as the US Secretary of State John Kerry travelled to Egypt to seek a ceasefire in the 14-day-old conflict "as soon as possible."

Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City.
Palestinians take cover as warning Israeli air strikes are fired at a nearby building in Gaza City. Credit: Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly

Deaths in Khan Younis, Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya saw the Palestinian death toll reach 539, including nearly 100 children and many other civilians, since the offensive was launched on July 8, Gaza health officials said.

Israel's death toll also rose to 29, with two soldiers killed in the past day of fighting, the Israeli military said. The total includes two civilian killed by rocket fire.

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IDF: 'We have killed 183 terrorists at 1,388 sites'

The Israel Defence Forces claim they have killed "183 terrorists" and have struck "1,388 terror sites" since ground operations began in Gaza.

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Since starting our ground operation in Gaza, we have struck 1,388 terror sites and killed 183 terrorists. http://t.co/g7FtwHq1Tc

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Netanyahu: Civilian deaths 'terribly saddening'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: Sellem Marc Israel/ABACA/Press Association Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview NBC Nightly News said Israel was right to send soldiers into Gaza.

"We have to defend ourselves. We try to do it with a minimum amount of force or with targeting military targets as best as we can. But we'll act to defend ourselves. No country can live like this", he said.

He added: "It's very saddening to see any of these civilian deaths is terribly saddening [...] I can tell that we opened up hospitals, a field hospital, a humanitarian field hospital on the edge of Gaza and Hamas doesn't let the people come there."

Palestinian death toll in Gaza 'surpasses 560'

The number of Palestinians killed in the Israel-Gaza conflict has surpassed 560, according to the Associated Press.

Flames and smoke are seen following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike
Flames and smoke are seen following what witnesses said was an Israeli air strike Credit: Reuters

The strike on a Gaza City tower block brought down most of the building, killing 11 people - including six members of the same family - and wounding 40, said Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra.

At least 565 Palestinians have been killed and more than 3,600 wounded in the past two weeks, Mr al-Kidra said.

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