(Tuesday, 13 Jan 2009 15:10:25 GMT)
Hamas says its fighters have killed at least 12 Israeli soldiers during fierce clashes near the northern Gaza town of Beit Lahiya.
The Hamas-run al-Aqsa TV channel reported that the soldiers were killed during fierce gun battles which have been underway in Beit Lahiya since early Tuesday morning.
As Israel's military offensive against Gaza enters its 18th day, Israeli ground forces continue to move deeper into Gaza City. They, however, have met with fierce resistance on the part of Palestinian fighters who are preventing the troops from advancing into the densely populated area.
Israel's Operation Cast Lead, which was launched on December 27, has so far killed at least 940 Palestinians including 280 children and left 4,400 others wounded.
Story Credit: Press TV