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No end in sight as casualties mount on both sides

Israeli flagSt.-Sgt. Alexander Mashevizky, 21, was killed and four other soldiers from a joint Golani-Engineering Corps force were lightly hurt in a gun battle with Hamas operatives in northern Gaza City on Tuesday, the IDF announced on Tuesday evening.

It was the fifth IDF fatality in 24 hours, three of which came from friendly fire, The IDF was looking into the circumstances of the death, and was reportedly investigating the possibility that the soldier was killed by an errant tank shell.

Should that turn out to be true, the case would mark the second friendly-fire incident of the night. Hours earlier, during separate clashes in northern Gaza, three IDF soldiers were killed and two dozen injured when a tank shell destroyed a house that they were using for cover.

The casualties also mount on the Palestinians side as Israeli tank shells killed more than 40 Palestinians on Tuesday at a U.N. school where civilians had taken shelter, an Israeli army spokeswoman said she was looking into information on the incident at al-Fakhora school in Jabalya refugee camp, on the fourth day of a ground assault launched after a week of air strikes failed to end Hamas rocket salvoes.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, asked by reporters about the deaths, said she was “not familiar” with the incident. “Unfortunately, (Hamas fighters) are hiding amongst civilians,” she said, adding that Israel was trying to avoid civilian casualties.

In fighting on Tuesday, Israeli forces pushed into the southern town of Khan Younis and battled Hamas militants on the outskirts of the city of Gaza. Palestinian medical officials said four militants were killed.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, at least 631 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,700 wounded since Israel began its offensive.

Source: Reuters/Jerusalem Post

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