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Hamas says fighters captured Israeli soldiers in Gaza

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The military spokesman for the Al Qassam Brigades, Abu Obeida, announced that Israeli soldiers were captured, killed and wounded during a Resistance operation on Saturday afternoon in the northern Gaza Strip.

The soldiers were captured when an Israeli force was lured into a tunnel in the Jabalia refugee camp.

According to Abu Obeida, Hamas fighters “lured a Zionist force” into a tunnel and “killed, wounded, and captured” an unidentified number in northern Gaza’s Jabalia camp.

“Saturday, in the northern Gaza Strip. Our fighters lured a Zionist force into one of the tunnels in Jabalia camp, trapping them in an ambush inside and at the entrance of this tunnel.

Then, our fighters attacked the reinforcement force that rushed to the scene with explosive devices, hitting them directly.

Our fighters then withdrew after detonating the tunnel used in this operation, after causing all members of this force to be killed, injured, or captured, and seizing their military equipment,” he stated.

However, the Israeli military on Sunday denied the claim by Hamas.

The audio statement of Abu Ubaida came hours after prospects for a resumption of mediated Gaza ceasefire talks grew on Saturday.

But Hamas has denied Israeli media reports that the talks would resume in Cairo on Tuesday, telling Reuters: “There is no date.”

Meanwhile, Hamas senior official Osama Hamdan said there was no need for new negotiations with Israel, saying such talks only give the Israeli military “more time to continue the aggression” in Gaza.

“There is no guarantee that it [Israel] will accept new proposals to go to negotiations … If there are no serious guarantees, this means giving Israel more time to continue the aggression,” he added.

Earlier this month, Hamas approved a proposal for a ceasefire in the seven-month Gaza war put forward by mediators Qatar and Egypt although Israel rejected the proposal saying it falls short of the latter’s demands.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 35,857 Palestinians have been killed, and 80,293 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

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