Gaza - Jewish military tank firing into Gaza. AFP

al-Qassam destroys tank, sniper kills Israeli soldier

al-Qassam brigade fighters slogging it out with Jewish military state invaders. Heavy fighting in some areas. What follows are two reports from Ma’an, one from English and one from Arabic, separate but related. And just breaking: 3 Jewish military soldiers wounded from anti-tank shelling by resistance.

18 July, 2014 Ma’an Arabic 18:24: The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas claimed responsibility for targeting an Israeli tank in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.

The group said that its fighters targeted a tank near the orchard Abu Rahma, north of Beit Hanoun shell (P29) and Asaboha directly, adding that the occupation fired artillery shells and smoke in an attempt to withdraw it.

Qassam announced it was able to snipe an Israeli soldier in northern Gaza.

18 July, 2014 Ma’an English 17:57

Israeli tanks withdraw from Beit Lahiya after clashes with Hamas

Israeli tanks withdrew from Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after intense clashes with Hamas, only a day after they penetrated hundreds of meters into the area at the beginning of the ground invasion Thursday night.

Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that violent clashes took place in the “Ashkelon” area of Beit Lahiya on Friday afternoon, and that the tanks withdrew in response to positions behind the Israeli border.

Hamas’ military wing the al-Qassam Brigades has claimed responsibility for hitting multiple Israeli military vehicles in the area, confirming direct hits with mortar shells and 107 rockets.

The Al-Quds Brigades affiliated with Islamic Jihad also claimed responsibility for the targeting of the military site Dugit, which is on the site of a former Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip, and two wells with four 107 missiles and the Mighen military site north of Beit Lahiya with three mortars.

For its part, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for the targeting of Eshkol with three rockets.

Israel has admitted that it is facing tough resistance in areas that it has penetrated in northern and southern regions of the Gaza Strip.

One Israeli soldier died early Friday and two were injured in fighting.

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