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12 IDF soldiers killed inside Gaza as ground operation against Hamas continues

The Israeli military reported ten additional casualties inside the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the day after it said two Israeli soldiers were killed during its ground invasion against Hamas Tuesday morning, the first such casualties in Gaza since Israel began its ground operations there.

According to Fox News’ Trey Yingst, who is in Israel, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were hit by an anti-tank guided missile while operating in the northern part of the strip, bringing the IDF casualties inside Gaza to at least 12.

Israeli forces entered the second stage of their war with Hamas in what is expected to be a lengthy military operation. Until this week, Israel had largely relied on airstrikes and artillery to retaliate against Hamas’ massacre in Israel on Oct. 7.

Military officials have warned that the war will be long and difficult, potentially spanning months or longer.

 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will fly to Israel later this week.

As of Tuesday, as many as 9,900 people have been killed in the war on both sides, including at least 1,400 Israeli civilians and soldiers and 32 Americans.

Fox News’ Andrea Vacchiano and Dana Karni contributed to this report.

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